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Windows 11 Android app sideload tool works way better now — here's why

Wsatools Sideload Android
Wsatools Sideload Android (Image credit: Simone Franco)

Updated November 11, 2021 at 6:07 AM ET: WSATools has been removed from the Microsoft Store. The app's developer stated that the app was pulled by Microsoft without explanation.

Updated November 12, 2021 at 10:44 AM ET: WSATools is back in the Microsoft Store, though the developer was not provided with an explanation.

What you need to know

  • WSATools is an app that simplifies the process for sideloading Android apps onto Windows 11 PCs.
  • A recent update to WSATools fixes a bug that caused the automatic installation of the Android Debug Bridge to get stuck.
  • Android app support is currently in testing on Windows 11.

Microsoft is currently testing Android app support on Windows 11. At the moment, only select apps from the Amazon Appstore are supported. Luckily, it is possible to sideload apps onto Windows 11. WSATools is an app that simplifies the sideloading process, as it can be quite complex. A recent update to WSATools fixes a bug that caused the automatic installation of the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) from working. ADB is required to use Android apps on Windows 11.

WSATools was spotted in the Microsoft Store a few days before it was ready for general release. The app's developer, Simone Franco, released the first stable version of the app on November 5, 2021. Some users ran into an issue with the app after its initial release that caused the automatic installation of ADB to get stuck, preventing parts of the app from working.

The recent update brings the app to version 0.1.55 and fixes the ADB-related issue. There's actually a small update to version 0.1.56 that you may see instead, but it just fixes a typo.

Once the app is up to date, it allows you to easily install Android apps onto your PC with just a few clicks.

If you prefer not to use WSATools, you can check out our guide on how to sideload Android apps onto Windows 11.

Sean Endicott
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10 Comments
  • Link appears to be bad. The MS web page it takes you to says it can't find what you are looking for. Searching the store manually brings no results.
  • The app seems to have been removed from the windows store. whether that was Microsoft or Simone who removed remains to be seen.
  • According to the dev it was MS
  • It's back in the Microsoft Store now.
  • Correct me if i'm wrong: one dev makes better job than MS teams regarding Android App on W11?
  • It has nothing to do with better or worse. MS has a limited rollout of 50 apps on purpose during this initial phase, to make troubleshooting bugs easier.
  • Unfortunately that's the only solution when there is limited resources qnf no dedicated testing + qa department.
  • In addition to that, Using Amazon Apps requires no side loading and those apps are free of Google services that MSFT don't have to answer to. (Think of the potential legal ramification if MSFT wrote the side loading tool)
    So, WSATools is more like Jail-Breaking Googles store into Windows 11.
    So, can MSFT engineers write what this guy did? I am sure they can, Should MSFT engage in code writing that might violate Google's Android rules plus potential for funny business APKs in to Win11, I'll say they should not.
  • Well, that didn't last long.
  • The app is back in the store now.