What you need to know
- Microsoft recently rolled out Android app support for Windows 11 in preview.
- Over 1,000 apps are available on Windows 11 through the Amazon Appstore, but it's also possible to sideload apps.
- A third-party application called WSATools simplifies the process for sideloading Android APKs onto Windows 11.
- An upcoming update to WSATools will support backing up apps and data, making it easier to reinstall applications.
Windows 11 now supports downloading Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. The functionality is in preview and rolled out yesterday. While there are over 1,000 Android apps available through the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11, there are quite a few apps that are missing. Luckily, it's possible to sideload Android apps onto Windows 11.
A program called WSATools simplifies the process of sideloading Android apps onto Windows 11. Once set up, WSATools provides a point-and-click interface for installing APK files onto PCs. Soon, WSATools will support backing up Android apps and data, making applications easier to reinstall.
There isn't a confirmed release date for backing up apps and data, but the feature should arrive in the near future, according to the developer of WSATools.
It's possible to sideload Android APKs onto Windows 11 without a program like WSATools, but the process is more complicated. WSATools handles the setup process, allowing people that aren't as tech savvy to get the Android apps they want onto their PCs.
While you can sideload a massive library of Android apps onto your PC, there are still some limitations. Apps that require the Google Play Store to function will not work unless you jump through some extra hoops. Our guide on how to run Google Play Store Android apps on Windows 11 can help if you're looking to use apps that need Google services on your PC.
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Is it just me or is nobody interested in running android apps on Windows?
I still don't get the advantage of using an android app on Windows at all.
There isn't really but Apple did it with MacOS first and lots of people have only grown up on Android or IOS so may now expect it. It's more of a marketing thing than a useful thing. Apparently iPad apps on MacOS are rough, even more so because Macs don't have touchscreens.
I would like to run some Android-only art programs on my desktop. The drawing experience on Windows tablets is hampered by the fact that most programs only serve you the desktop version, which is a crowded interface in general as opposed to the Android apps where the interface gets out of your way to give you more space to work with.
Kindle is about the only app that I am intersted in. Hopefully it treats it as a tablet.
It's only rolling out in The USA, should be mentioned.
I set my pc to usa region and could download the Amazon store, which installed wsa.
WSAtools downloaded and installed adb, but that refuses to run on my AMD Windows 11 Pro machine. (?)
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