An explanation of downloading the Windows Subsystem for Android “a full version with 1.2GB size” necessary to be able to install Android APKs on Windows 11 even if your device does not support it. If you do not know, Windows 11 with the latest beta update has become supportive of installing Android apps and games with the APK extension on the computer.
But to do that, you will need to have some necessary things like the Windows Subsystem feature which was originally only found in beta versions 22000.194 or higher! So, how can you get this great feature if your device is currently running the stable version that was launched in early October? Well, here comes our turn!
In a perfect world, you can actually download Windows Subsystem for Android very simply via the official Microsoft App Store through this link!
But unfortunately, there are some conditions that Microsoft has set here as well, so that you will not be able to do that even if you head now to the store to try to download it, and therefore you will not be able to install it after my personal experience! Look at the following screenshot:
So, the solution here was to try to download Windows Subsystem for Android from a trusted source, also as an installable package on Windows 11. So, follow these steps carefully.
Download Windows Subsystem for Android
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The first thing you need to check here, is that you have previously joined the beta program for Windows 11 with version number 22000.194 or higher. To check your current operating system version, press Windows + R on your keyboard, type winver, and press Enter. And if it happens that your device is currently running an older version, then go to Settings > Windows Updates section and search for the latest system update and install it now.
The next step is to make sure that you already have Virtualization enabled. To do this, open Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc on the keyboard and then go to the Performance section and make sure that the Virtualization option is enabled (as shown in the following image):
Finally, so far, this feature is only available to Windows 11 users in the USA. So, in this case, you will need to change the country of your device in the settings to it and to do that go to Settings > then Time & language > and finally Language & region and choose from here United States.
Install Windows Subsystem for Android
- Download the Windows Subsystem for Android package from the link above.
- Right-click on the file after downloading it and choose Copy as path.
- Now go to Start Menu, search for Windows PowerShell and launch it.
- In the command window, copy the following line “Make sure to replace the word Path with the path you copied in the previous step.
Add-AppxPackage -Path PATH
- After entering the previous line, click on the Enter button so that the window will look like the following figure.
Add-AppxPackage -Path "D:\MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral___8wekyb3d8bbwe.Msixbundle"
- Once the installation is complete, now you can simply go and launch it from the installed applications in the Start Menu.
- A warning message will appear, just click on Continue.
- Now you will have Windows Subsystem for Android installed on your device.
- Only now you can go and follow the steps to install Android APK files on Windows 11.
Did you perform all the previous steps? Now all you have to do is click on this link to go to the Microsoft App Store, which will guide you in some steps to make sure that you have followed the necessary requirements mentioned above. Then you will go through the steps of setting the appropriate environment to run Android programs on your device and explore what you can do with this wonderful feature.
Here we are done! This was our explanation today about how to download Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 even if your device does not support it, as well as explaining the installation in detail with pictures in case you are a beginner and are performing these steps for the first time. And if you happen to have any questions or obstacles that you encountered while implementing the explanation, just leave your comment in the comments section below and together we will solve the problem once and for all.