How to Install Android Apps on Windows 11

The dream of running Android apps on your PC has finally come true with Windows 11. There is a lot of potential for this exciting feature. We’ll show you how to set it up and install your first Android app or game.

What you will need

As of February 2022, Android apps are available in the Windows 11 Stable channel, but only in the United States. If you qualify for Windows 11, you also qualify for Android apps. Be sure to check for Windows updates and install any that are available before proceeding.

Second, your Windows 11 PC must have hardware virtualization enabled. Windows 11 basically runs Android in a virtual machine, which is why this is necessary. You can check if virtualization is enabled on your PC by going to the “Performance” tab in Task Manager. (You can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open Task Manager.)

If hardware virtualization is not enabled, you will likely need to enable Intel VT-X in your computer’s UEFI (BIOS) firmware. If your system has an AMD chip instead, search for AMD-V in the UEFI firmware settings screen.

Task manager virtualization.

Next, make sure you’re using the latest version of the Microsoft Store. Open the Microsoft Store and update all apps on the “Library” page.

If all of these things check out, you’re good to go! If you’ve installed any updates to get there, it’s a good idea to restart your PC before going any further.

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How to Install Android Apps in Windows 11

The first thing to do is to open the Microsoft Store. If it’s not already pinned to the taskbar, open the Start menu and type “Microsoft Store.”

Open the Microsoft Store.

In the Store, search for “Amazon Appstore” or click on this link to open the list. Click “Install” to continue.

Install the Amazon Appstore.

A pop-up window will appear and guide you through the setup process. Click “Configure” and continue through the steps to download the Appstore. The last step will be to “restart” your PC.

Follow the steps to install the Appstore.

After restarting, the Amazon Appstore may open automatically. Otherwise, you can find it in the list of applications in the Start menu.

Open the newly installed Amazon Appstore.

The first thing you will need to do is log into your Amazon account or create an account.

Log in or create an Amazon account.

Once you’re there, it works just like any other app store you’ve used. You can browse suggestions or search for something. Either way, select an app to install.

Select an app to install.

Click “Install” on the app information page.

Click on "To install."

The app will download and then install. Once done, you can click “Open”.

"Open" the new app.

That’s it! You have installed your first Android application in Windows! Android apps are in the Start menu, just like Windows apps. They can even be pinned to the taskbar like regular apps. Go ahead and Android-ify your Windows 11!

But what about Android apps not available on the Amazon Appstore? Don’t worry, you can download apps like on Android.

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