How to uninstall Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on Windows 11

Removing the Windows Subsystem for Android is as easy as uninstalling an app on Windows 11.

Windows 11 uninstall Windows Subsystem for Android
  • To uninstall WSA from Windows 11, open Settings > Apps > Installed apps, select “Windows Subsystem from Android” and click “Uninstall.”
  • Another way to remove WSA is to open Command Prompt (admin) and run the “winget uninstall “Windows Subsystem for AndroidTM”” command.

On Windows 11, you can uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) when you no longer need the platform. However, consider that removing WSA also uninstalls the Amazon Appstore and any Android app you have previously installed on Windows 11.

The Windows Subsystem for Android is the platform that Microsoft has created (similar to WSL) that provides the virtualization environment to run Android apps on Windows 11. The company is also collaborating with Amazon to bring the Amazon Appstore to deliver the apps.

Although the ability to run Android apps is a helpful feature, it might come at a time when you no longer need it, or you may need to reset it if you are having problems.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to remove the Windows Subsystem for Android alongside all the components and apps from Windows 11. (See also this video tutorial at the Pureinfotech YouTube channel with the walkthrough process to complete this task.)

Uninstall Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11

To uninstall Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) completely on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Apps.

  3. Click the Installed apps tab.

    Quick note: On version 21H2, the page’s name was “Apps & features.”
  4. Select the “Windows Subsystem for Android” item.

  5. Click the three-dotted menu button from the right side and select the Uninstall button to remove WSA and its components, including Android apps and the Amazon Appstore. 

    WSA uninstall from Settings

  6. Click the Uninstall button again.

  7. Click the Uninstall button to remove the “Windows Subsystem for Android” completely.

Once you complete the steps, the Windows Subsystem for Android, Amazon Appstore, and all the Android apps you previously installed will be removed from Windows 11. You can reinstall the platform with these instructions.

Uninstall Windows Subsystem for Android with commands on Windows 11

To uninstall WSA from Command Prompt on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt (or PowerShell), right-click the top result and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to uninstall the Windows Subsystem for Android using commands and press Enter:

    winget uninstall "Windows Subsystem for AndroidTM"

    WSA uninstall from winget command

After you complete the steps, the winget command will remove the Windows Subsystem for Android, Amazon Appstore, and any Android application you may have installed on this platform.