Windows Subsystem for Android gets April 2023 update

Windows Subsystem for Android receives the April update with picture-in-picture support, and here's all you need to know.

WSA September 2022 update
WSA September 2022 update
  • Android apps will improve on Windows 11 with the April update.
  • The update enables the picture-in-picture (PIP) feature.
  • It also brings stability improvements, fixes, and security patches.

Microsoft releases a new update (version 2303.40000.3.0) for its Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on Windows 11. The update is available through the Windows Insider Program (Dev and Beta Channels) and includes several fixes and changes to help improve Android apps and enables new features on Windows 11.

According to the announcement, the update enables picture-in-picture (PIP) for apps that support the feature with “the flexibility of having apps in windowed mode and all of the great Windows resize and snap features, makes multitasking within Android apps even easier.” In addition, this rollout ships the Linux kernel version 5.15.78, improves reliability, and more.

April 2023 update changes for Android

Here’s the list of changes for the WSA version 2303.40000.3.0:

  • Picture-in-picture mode supported
  • A new “Partially running” system setting was added to the WSA Settings app, which runs the subsystem with minimal resources, but apps launch quicker than the “As needed” mode
  • Linux kernel updated to 5.15.78
  • Improvements to platform reliability
  • Android 13 security updates

The Windows Subsystem for Android update should download and install automatically. However, you can always download it manually from the Library’s page in the Microsoft Store app and by clicking the “Get updates” button. You can use these instructions to install WSA on Windows 11.

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