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How do I install Android Apps on Windows 11?

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Be appy: Windows 11 now supports Android apps

One of Microsoft’s flagship features for its new operating system was the ability to install Android Apps on Windows 11. It’s a year late, but since the launch of the Windows 11 2022 update it’s been possible to install apps from the Amazon Appstore. We’ll show you the simple steps to make this all possible, so you can install Android apps on Windows 11.

How to install the Amazon Appstore

Searching for Amazon Appstore in Microsoft Store

Open the Microsoft Store and search for Amazon Appstore.

Amazon Appstore in Microsoft Store

Steel yourself at this point and ignore both the low rating that this app has been given and the fact that Appstore isn’t hyphenated. Click the Install button and the Microsoft Store will download the Amazon Appstore. Yes, it takes two stores to run Android apps on Windows 11.

Installing Amazon Appstore onto Windows 11

Depending on your Windows configuration, your machine will go through either a two- or three-step process. The Amazon Appstore functions via the snappily titled Windows Subsystem for Android, but the installer will sort this out for you. We ran this process on two test machines and one required a restart whilst the other didn’t. On the rebooted machine, we had to go back to the Microsoft Store and restart the process.

Amazon Appstore in Microsoft Store

After a few moments of wrangling, and possibly a restart, the Amazon Appstore will be ready for launch. Windows 11 treats it like any other app, so it should appear in a prominent position on the Start menu. Launch the Amazon Appstore, then sign yourself in with your Amazon account details.

installing Peppa Pig World on Windows-11

Installing an app is as simple as clicking Get. Once an Amazon app has been downloaded, Windows 11 treats it like all the other apps. It can be dragged, pinned and when it’s launched, the Windows Subsystem for Android runs seamlessly in the background. It works rather well.

Peppa Pig World on Windows 11

Hang on, there are apps missing!

You’re right. The Amazon Appstore has fewer titles available than the Google Play Store, so it is possible that your favourite Android app is missing. Amazon is always expanding its library and hopefully new additions will become available in the Amazon Appstore in a timely manner.

How long does Windows 11 take to install?

About the author

Lee Grant

I can normally be found attacking things with screwdrivers in my small computer repair business or writing a column for PC Pro magazine.

I am also trying to solve a mystery involving David Bowie.

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