Curious to know whether you can run Android apps on your Windows 11 PC? Well, looks like our dreams have finally come true. You can easily run Android apps on Windows 11 without using third-party software or emulators. By using the “Amazon Appstore” app on Windows, you can get access to your favorite apps and games. Microsoft has finally released a new update that allows you to use the Amazon Appstore on your PC to browse and install Android apps from a curated catalog. Although, here’s a catch. As of now, this feature is only supported in the United States.
Well, call it the magic of technology that brings us so much closer to hunting new apps and tools on our devices. Whether it’s your smartphone or Windows PC, we surely cannot resist using the apps. In this post, we will be discussing how to run Android apps on Windows 11.
Let’s get started.
Minimum System Requirements for Using Android Apps on Windows 11
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Here are the minimum system requirements to meet for running Android apps on Windows 11:
- Processor: Intel Core i3 or later/ AMD Ryzen 3000 or later/ Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c or later.
- RAM: 8 GB or more. (16 GB recommended)
- Storage type: Solid State Drive (SSD).
- Architecture: x64 or ARM64.
- Graphics Card compatible with Direct X 12 or later.
How to Run Android Apps on Windows 11
Once you’ve made sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements then the next step is to set up the Amazon Marketplace app on your device. Also, before you proceed just make sure that you’re using the latest version of Windows 11. So, just check for any available OS updates beforehand.
Everything’s in place? Let’s get started.
Step 1: Enable Hardware Virtualization
To run Android apps on Windows 11, you need to enable the hardware virtualization feature via Task Manager. Windows 11 runs the Android apps in a virtual machine and hence you need to enable the hardware virtualization option on your device.
Press the Control + Shift + Escape key combination to launch the Task Manager app. Now, switch to the “Performance” tab to see if virtualization is “Enabled”.
If the virtualization is not enabled by default, you can visit this link to enable Hardware Virtualization on Windows 11.
Step 2: Download Windows Subsystem for Android
Visit this link to download the Windows System for Android.
Install the Windows Subsystem for Android app on your PC to get your system ready for running Android applications.
Step 3: Use the Amazon Market Place App on your Windows 11 PC
Here comes the final step. Install the “Amazon App Store” app from the Microsoft Store.
Tap the search icon placed on the Taskbar, type “Microsoft Store” and hit Enter to launch the app.
In the Microsoft Store library, search for “Amazon App Store”. Hit on the “Install” button to download the app.
Hit on the “Set up” button and then follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
Once the Amazon App Store app has been installed on your device, it will appear in the Start menu. Launch the app to get started.
Now, you need to sign up with your Amazon ID. If you don’t have an Amazon account, create a new one to run Android apps on Windows 11.
And that’s it! The moment you’re logged in you will get access to a wide variety of apps and games that you can run on your Windows 11 PC. Browse through the app library and make a quick search to begin using your favorite Android apps on Windows.
Select any app and then hit the “Install” button. Once the app has been installed, tap on “Open” to launch the app on your device.
So, yes, you don’t have to wait any longer. Install all your favorite Android applications from the Amazon Marketplace. All the installed apps can be found in the Start menu itself. You can even pin your favorite apps to the Taskbar for quick access.
How to Sideload Apps on Windows 11?
Unable to find a specific app on the Amazon App Store? Well, yes, this can surely happen as the Amazon Marketplace only features a limited set of options. Don’t worry! An alternative way to run Android apps on Windows 11 is by sideloading. Well, sideloading is the process to install an app in an APK format. It transfers the files between two local devices, a personal computer, and one Android device. By sideloading an app, you can bypass the App Store and install any app on your device. Here’s what you need to do.
Launch the Microsoft Store app on your device. Search for the “WSA Tools” app. Hit on the “Get” button to install it on your Windows 11 PC.
After downloading the APK file, launch the WSA Tools app on your device. Tap on the “Select APK” button. Browse to the location of the APK file stored on your PC.
Hit on the “Install” button to download the app on your device.
Once the installation process is over, the app will automatically be pinned to the Start menu.
So, folks, this wraps up our guide on how to run Android apps on Windows 11. Windows 11 makes it so much easier to run and use Android apps on your device. Which is your favorite Android app or game? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments space! Follow us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.