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How to install any Android app on Windows 11 without installing Insider Preview build

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Microsoft has already started testing native Android app support for Windows 11 operating system via Windows Store through Amazon App Store.

The feature is called Windows subsystem for Android and it is currently available to Windows 11 users who’ve enrolled on the Insider Preview build.

However, that’s not it, Microsoft currently only allows users to install apps through the Amazon App Store and it currently offers only a limited number of apps.

Keeping the limited number of apps aside, the app store is only available in the US, so your system location is supposed to be set to the United States region in order for the entire thing to work or you’ll have to use a VPN to access the store.

What if, there’s an alternative to all this that allows installing Android apps simple and without many restrictions. Thanks to a recently announced open-source tool called WSA PacMan. It’s an open-source tool listed on Github that allows users to directly sideload Android apps on Windows 11.

For this tool to work, users will need to install and enable Windows subsystems for Android.

So, if you want to install and run Android apps right now, here are the steps you need to follow:


Enable a few important Settings in Windows 11

First, you need to enable two features in Windows 11 — Virtual Machine Platform and Windows HypervisorPlatform. To enable them, click on Start and type ‘Turn Windows features on or off and press enter.
Look for both the options, enable them and restart your computer.


Enable Windows Subsystems for Android

First, you’ll need to download Windows Subsystems for Android with Amazon AppStore. Once downloaded, right-click on the Windows button and click on Windows Terminal (Admin). Here, type ‘add-appxpackage -Path “enter the path of the download package including package name”.
Hit enter to start the installation process.


Get WSA-PacMan tool from GitHub

Search for the app and download it on your Windows 11 PC. Install the app and run it. It will then ask you to enable the Windows Subsystems for Android. Follow the instructions to enable it.


Download apk files and start installing Android apps

Once everything is in place, download the apk file for the apps that you want to install. Simply click on the app to install them.

Disclaimer: This is a workaround process to enable Android support on Windows 11. The process involves third-party apps. So install them at your own risk. GadgetsNow won’t be responsible for any damage caused to the system due to this. Also note that the apps that rely on Google Services won’t work properly as Windows 11 currently does not support Google Services.


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