Android apps are now rolling out for all Windows 11 users – Here’s how to get started

Dave W. Shanahan

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Yesterday, Microsoft rolled out the newest update on Windows 11, featuring a slew of recent updates, including Android app support in the US. Previously,  Android apps were previously only available to Windows Insiders, using the Amazon Appstore.

You can start using Android apps by installing Amazon AppStore from Microsoft Store. Here’s what to do.

Install Amazon Appstore 

To use Android apps on your Windows 11 PC, you need to install the Amazon Appstore. You also need to have an Amazon account. Once Amazon Appstore is set up, you will be able to browse and install a growing selection of Android apps.

Don’t worry, there’s nothing highly technical that you need to do to install Amazon Appstore. Windows will advise you to make changes if needed. If you are looking for feature-specific Windows 11 requirements, Microsoft has you covered. Here’s what to do.

  1. Open Microsoft Store
  2. Search for Amazon Appstore
  3. Click Install button

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Once you click the Install button, a new screen will pop up to “get your PC ready for the Amazon Appstore,” which is achieved by clicking the Download button as shown to install Windows Subsystem for Android.

I suggest unchecking the box that allows Microsoft to collect “optional diagnostic data” based on your usage.

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When the download is finished, click Open Amazon Appstoreandroid apps
Once you click Open Amazon Appstore a “Starting Windows Subsystem for Android” window will pop up and then you will be taken to an Amazon login window, where you will need to sign into your existing Amazon account or set up a new one.

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Once you are logged in to your Amazon account, you can download and use Android games and apps using the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11. When the preview first launched for Windows Insiders last October, there were only 50 apps and games available, but now there’s over 1,000, and the collection continues to grow. There’s even an unsupported and unofficial way to get the far bigger Google Play Store to run on Windows 11. Note that we haven’t tried it on a non-Insider build of Windows 11, so be forewarned.

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Are you happy or unhappy with Microsoft’s latest update to install and use Android apps on Windows 11? What do you think they need to change to be successful with using Android apps on Windows 11? Let us know in the comments!

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