Although Microsoft has already released the first preview of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) to bring support to install and run Android apps on Windows 11, it only made it available for devices enrolled in the Beta Channel. However, it’s possible to install the platform on the computers that are joined in the Dev Channel. The only caveat is that the process requires downloading and installing the components manually using PowerShell.
If you plan to test the Android apps support on a preview of Windows 11 in the Dev Channel, consider that the computer still need 8GB of RAM (16GB recommended), a solid-state drive (SSD), and a supported processor (Intel Core i3 8th Generation, AMD Ryzen 3000, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c, or above), and the Microsoft Store app must be version 22110.1402.6.0 or higher.
Also, the computer must support virtualization, and you have to enable the “Virtual Machine Platform” feature on Settings > Apps > Optional features > More Windows features.
In this guide, you will learn the steps to install WSA to run Android apps on devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program.
Install Windows Subsystem for Android in Dev Channel
To install Windows Subsystem for Android manually on a computer running Windows 11 in the Dev Channel, use these steps:
Select the Productid option, paste this ID: 9p3395vx91nr, select the Slow option, and click the Check button.
Click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle link to save the app package (1.2GB).
Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
Type the following command to change the directory to the folder with the Msixbundle file and press Enter:
In the command, update the path with the location to where you saved the package file.
Type the following command to install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 and press Enter:
In the command, make sure to update the app package name with the one you downloaded.
Once you complete the steps, the Windows Subsystem for Android and the Amazon Appstore app will install on your computer.
This preview of the platform also supports sideloading applications, which is something you can do using the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) tools.