Windows 11 supports Android apps through the Amazon App Store, which is one of the biggest differences between Microsoft’s latest operating system and Windows 10. However, it’s not as easy as downloading and using Android apps. You need to know how to install Android apps on Windows 11.
We focus here on installing Android apps natively on Windows 11. You can still run Android apps on Windows 10 via emulation, but we recommend installing Windows 11 if you want to run Android apps over Windows.
Install Android apps on Windows 11
For Android apps on Windows 11, you need the Amazon Appstore and the Android subsystem for Windows. You should have already installed the Android Subsystem for Windows with Windows 11, but if not, you can download it again from the Microsoft Store.
Step 1: Open the Microsoft Store by using the Windows + S keys and searching for ‘Microsoft Store’.
Step 2: Search for “Amazon Appstore” and select the app.
Step 3: Click Install.
Step 4: At this point, you may need to enable virtualization if you haven’t already done so on your computer. Windows 11 can do this automatically, as well as set up the Android subsystem for Windows if you don’t have it installed.
When you see the prompt, select Setup > Download > Restart, following the directions from the Microsoft Store. You must restart your computer.
Step 5: Once you’re back in Windows, search for “Android Subsystem for Windows” to access the Amazon Appstore. It’s counterintuitive, but you have to launch this app the first time before you see the Amazon Appstore as an app in Windows.
Step 6: Log in to your Amazon account (or create a new one) and start downloading Android apps on Windows!
You’re limited to the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11, but there’s still a long list of apps you can download and use, including TikTok and Comixology. If you want to know where to get started, be sure to read our guide to the best Android apps for Windows 11.
If you want to explore outside of the Amazon Appstore, you can sideload Android apps on Windows 11. However, these apps are not officially supported, so proceed at your own risk.