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How to sideload Android apps on Windows 11?

Microsoft Windows 11 comes with a ton of features. Though Windows 10 is not bad at all, users are upgrading to Windows 11 to see how the new Windows looks and feels. One of the key USPs of Windows 11 is its ability to run Android applications. Though this feature is only available in the United States, Microsoft might launch it in other countries sooner or later. 

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Being a new operating system in the market, some Windows 11 features are still in development. Though Microsoft has officially released Windows 11, some features are limited to Dev and Beta users only. Additionally, only a handful of Android apps are available right now. Users can sideload these apps and enjoy the freedom of a hassle-free Android experience with their Windows 11 PCs.

How to Install Windows Subsystem for Android?

Before moving forward, please ensure you’ve downloaded Windows 11 via authentic sources only. To begin the process, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

  • Firstly, we need to install the Windows Subsystem for Android component.
  • To begin the installation process, you can manually install Windows Subsystem for Android.
  • Open Google Chrome or any other web browser currently installed on your computer. 
  • Type “https://store.rg-adguard.net/” in the URL bar and press Enter. 
  • Select URL (link) and Slow from the drop-down menu respectively.
  • Copy and paste this link – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/windows-subsystem-for-android/9p3395vx91nr in the text box and click on the Tick button. 
  • Now, search for Windows Subsystem for Android installer package. (It’ll be available with a .msixbundle extension)
  • Save the file on your computer and wait for the download to complete. 
  • Now, go to Start > Windows Powershell > Run as Administrator.
  • Enter this command – Add-AppxPackage – Path with the target location of the file you just downloaded. 
  • Once you’ve completed these steps, the Windows Subsystem for Android will become visible in the Windows 11 Start menu.
  • Finally, you can load Android applications on Windows 11 via Amazon AppStore.
  • Please note, you won’t be able to download Android apps if Amazon AppStore is not available in your country. 

How to sideload Android apps on Windows 11?

Now that everything is working on your computer, you can proceed to download Android applications on your computer. Downloading an Android application on Windows 11 is almost similar to installing applications on Android smartphones. To do this, we’re going to use ADB and the APK extension of the Android ecosystem. To start the process, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. 

  • Firstly, download the ADB setup via this link
  • Now, go back to the Sideload window and open the settings for Windows Subsystem for Android.
  • Scroll down and turn on the Developer mode. 
  • Copy and paste the IP address.
  • In case you cannot see the IP address, click on the redirect button. (available beside the Files option)
  • Click on the Refresh button to see the IP address.
  • Copy the IP address.
  • Now, press this key combination, “Win + S” to open the Command line. 
  • Enter this command – adb connect <the IP address you copied>.
  • Enter your adb device on the next screen.
  • Now, go back and download any APK file on your PC.
  • Type the following command – “adb install <file location>”.
  • You can also drag the file inside the Command line to copy its path. 
  • Press Enter to finish the installation. 
  • Now, enjoy your favorite Android apps on your Windows 11 computer. 

If you find the command line method infeasible, you can use third party apps like “WSAInstall” to install Android applications on Windows 11. By using WSAInstall, you can easily install your favorite Android without going through the Command line process. These apps automates the entire process of downloading and installing Android applications on Windows 11 computers. 

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Ashish Khaitan

Ashish Khaitan is a Delhi University graduate with 2+ years of experience in tech writing. He has written troubleshooting guides for hardware and software products, and has previously worked for publications like AnimeIndia and OTAKUSMART. Ashish covers deals, gaming and features on Pricebaba. He enjoys reading comics and is a big fan of Japanese anime.