When Windows 11 was officially announced earlier this year, access to Android apps was an eye-catching addition to Microsoft’s operating system, but by late summer, the company warned that it wouldn’t be included at launch. However, this week Microsoft released a preview version of Android app compatibility with beta testers.
If you’re a Windows Insider, you should be able to install the latest beta build of Windows 11 and start using Android apps natively in Windows — the 50 currently available anyway. Here’s how to set it up on your Windows 11 PC.
Install and update Windows 11 Beta
Before you can get started, your computer must, of course, be able to run Windows 11. If you’re not sure your device is eligible, Microsoft has a tool that checks for you. Android apps are also only compatible with computers that have an Intel, AMD, or Qualcomm processor inside. Once you meet these requirements, you can upgrade to Windows 11 for free.
In order to get the beta that contains an Android app preview, you must then sign up for the Windows Insider Program, making sure to subscribe to either the Dev Channel or the Beta Channel to get the latest features. Once the setup is done, make sure to update your Windows from Settings > Windows Update.
US users will need to make sure of Windows 11 Build 22000.xxx. Series update installed. Only then will the Amazon Appstore be available for download and installation.
Install Windows Subsystem for Android
Once your operating system is updated, open the Microsoft Store and search for “Amazon Appstore”. Select the entry and click Installations, then press prove.
You will then be asked to download the Windows subsystem for Android. click Loading, then wait for the feature to install. Once done, click next one, and then Restart to restart your computer. When your computer boots back up, the Amazon Appstore must be installed.
Set up the Amazon Appstore
You can find the Amazon Appstore in the list of Windows 11 apps. Click Start button > All apps > Amazon Appstore. You will then be asked to sign in with your Amazon account before you can access the storefront. Once logged in, the Amazon Appstore is available to browse and install Android apps.
Since the app is still in preview, there are only a handful of apps available for download at the moment. However, you can search in the search bar or use any of the categories offered in the store to search for something to install.
Install Android App on Windows 11
As an example, we will install the Amazon Kindle Android app. When it comes up in search, click Get button to install it on your computer. The app will download and work like any other Windows desktop app.
You can search for it in the list of applications. It can be minimized or made full screen, and the exact size of the application window can be adjusted according to your needs. You can even multitask with Snap Layouts.
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