How do Android apps work on Windows 11?
As per Microsoft’s grand reveal on June 24th, Windows 11 is actually gettingAndroid app support, which would allow users to run their favorite Androidapps on their shiny, new Windows PC. Microsoft’s latest unveiling is clearlyfueled by Apple Silicon and native iOS app support on macOS systems. However,if you were hoping to have the same seamless Android experience on a Windows11 PC, you’re in for quite a revelation.Related: Can Your PC Run Windows 11?
Windows 11 doesn’t have Play Store
Any Android user knows how important the Google Play Store is. It allows youto download your favorite apps, get updates, and so much more. Unfortunately,as far as we know — and seen during the presentation — Microsoft 11 doesn’tcome with the famous Android marketplace.Instead, Windows has partnered with Amazon and has decided to bring the AmazonApp Store to the redesigned Windows store. You can only download the Androidapplications from the Amazon App Store, inside the Windows marketplace.However, there is support for sideloading, which would come as a relief formany users.
Do Android apps run on Windows 10?
As we’ve seen in the section above, Windows 11 doesn’t actually supportAndroid applications as a Chromebook or an Android device does. It ticks offthe basics, of course, but there is a lot of work still left to be done. TheIntel Bridge Technology, which was developed in collaboration with Microsoftis the backbone of the system, which Windows 10 lacks. However, that doesn’tmean Windows 10 doesn’t support Android apps.
Windows 11 is now the star of the show
Android app support is one of Microsoft Windows 11’s standout features. Thecompany has gone all out and made a really big deal about it, maybe more sothan it actually is. Microsoft is placing Windows 11 as the centre-piece oftheir campaign against Apple, granting user at least a taste of how two OSescan leave in perfect harmony. Windows 10 is still more than a capableoperating system, but it’s not Microsoft’s golden boy anymore, which makes theAndroid port highly improbable.
Not all Windows 10 PCs would be able to run Android apps
After keeping the system requirement sheet unchanged from Windows 8.1 to 10,Microsoft decided to go all-out for Windows 11, demanding relatively newerchipsets of AMD and Intel — released after 2017. Additionally, all processorsneed to have two cores, at the very least, to function, which wasn’t the casewith Windows 8.1 or 10. The minimum RAM requirement, too, has been bumped upto 4GBs.When you combine the system requirements, it becomes pretty evident that notmany systems are capable of running Windows 11. And while Microsoft hasn’t yetcome up with a clarification for the same, we believe Microsoft focused onnewer processors and more RAM primarily because of native Android app support.The Bridge compiler converts non-x86 instructions to x86 instructions — aprocess that is tailor-made for newer processors. A Windows 10 PC with anolder processor — 2017 and earlier — may have run the remainder of Windows 11just fine, but Intel Bridge Technology wouldn’t have been supported. Andwithout Intel Bridge support and proper optimization, the systems would prettymuch be destined to fail.Related: How To Enable TPM 2.0 in BIOS for Windows 11 (and Enable Secure Boot)
Windows 10 still has 4 years left in its lifecycle
If we look at all the evidence, it becomes abundantly clear that Microsoft isnot too concerned with Android support on Windows 10 systems. However, thatdoesn’t necessarily mean they will not consider bringing it to Windows 10.As per Microsoft, Windows 10 will stay active and be officially supporteduntil October 14th, 2025, which is over four years away. Yes, the upcomingupdates over the next four years may not include a flagship feature — likesupport for native Android apps — but we can certainly hope for a favorableoutcome.
Android to Windows 10: Final words
After months of tinkering, Windows can now finally run Android apps natively.However, claiming that Windows 11 has native Android app support may not bethe most accurate depiction of the story. Yes, Windows 11 can run Androidapplications, but they aren’t directly powered by Google like Chromebook.Instead, Microsoft is using Amazon App Store as a mediator to bring theexperience to users.As a Windows 10 user, you are bound to feel tempted, to feel bad for missingout on this feature. But in reality, the partial Android app support onWindows 11 might not be that lucrative of a deal. Currently, Windows 10 offersus the perfect blend of tech and convenience, of features that can impress andare optimized. Windows 11, on the other hand, is yet to prove its mettle, andit would take a while for it to convince its doubters.Android apps may not come to Windows 10 in the near future, or ever, for thatmatter. But the lack of Android apps shouldn’t be the reason for any of us toabandon the great OS — the best Microsoft has built since Windows 7.RELATEDMicrosoft: You can sideload Android APKs on Windows 11With Windows 11, Microsoft is bringing Android apps to the desktop platform,which the company wants you to get primarily from the Store. However, similarto Windows 10 Mobile’s Project Astoria and Android, you’re also allowed tosideload apps on Windows 11 outside the store.For those unfamiliar, “sideload” is the process of installing Android apps onyour device that hasn’t gone through the Microsoft Store or Amazon Appstorecertification. You can download APKs from sites like APKMirror and doubleclick on the file to run on a Windows device.By default, it is likely that Windows 11 will block sideloading of Androidapps to protect you and your Windows device. This is because only certifiedmobile or desktop apps are considered secure and certification also ensuresthat you’re installing/downloading a good app that has passed throughMicrosoft/Amazon’s standards.If you want to sideload apps, you may need to use Windows 11’s built-indeveloper mode feature, which can be enabled from Windows Settings app.
Android Apps on Windows 11 Finally!!!!
It seems like people have been trying to get Android apps running on WindowsPCs for a decade. (Oh wait, it has been a decade.) Microsoft has long hadtrouble attracting app developers to Windows despite developing tools forAndroid and iOS devs to port their apps to Windows.However, in the past few years, Microsoft changed its strategy by making movesto bring your phone experiences to your PC. The company’s Your Phone app, forinstance, lets you pair your Android device with a Windows 10 PC so you cansend and read texts, make and receive calls, see your photos and getnotifications.Toward the end of last year, Microsoft started rolling out an update to YourPhone that allows you to run Android apps from your phone on your Windows 10computer. The feature developed from a relationship with Samsung and,consequently, it only works with Samsung devices currently.
The problem with using Android outside of the Play Store is that you loseaccess to the Google Play Services APIs for things like push notifications.Amazon has been building its own replacement APIs and cloud services for yearsfor Fire OS, and if you can’t have Google Play, it’s the next best thing.That’s all we have for now on how you will be able to access the PlayStore appfrom the new Windows 11.How to Install & Run Android Apps on Windows 11Want to Install & Run Android apps on Windows 11?If yes then you are in the right place.On 24th June, Microsoft launched its new Windows OS with lots of new amazingupdates.And one of the best features of Windows 11 which everyone is talking about isrunning android apps natively.Yes! you heard it right, now you will be able to run all your android apps onyour Windows PC or Laptop.I know that there are so many Android emulators which you can use to get allthese features. But this time you can directly install android apps on yourWindows 11 without using an emulator.It is also assumed that this will give a better performance as compared to anythird-party emulator.So, let’s see how it helps…
How to Install & Run Android Apps on Windows 11
But before we dive in further, here is a quick overview.Currently, Windows 11 is only provided via beta and dev channel throughInsider Preview Update. And that’s why many features are still missing andwill be working after the stable release. But if you still want to experienceit, then you can easily download the ISO file from the given link.Apart from this, you may also find some of the android apps running in Windows10 Microsoft Store like Facebook, Messenger, Whatsapp, etc. But this timeMicrosoft has done a partnership with Amazon and created a new Amazon appstore for Windows 11. Using which you will be able to install android apk appsdirectly on your PC or Laptop without using any third-party emulator.So without further ado, let’s get started…
Installing Android Apps in Windows 11 using Amazon AppStore
However, before following this quick guide please make sure that you havealready updated to Windows 11 on your PC or Laptop. And if you have alreadydone so, then that’s great you are ready to go.After that, follow the given below steps…1. First, Go to Start Menu and then click on the “Microsoft Store” under thePinned Apps icon section. Or you can also search for it & then hit Enter.2. Once you are in the Microsoft Store, now search for “Amazon AppStore” andthen install it on your Windows 11 PC.3. After the Amazon Store installation is completed, open it and then logininto it using your Amazon account.4. Once you are logged into the Amazon AppStore, now search for the Androidapps like “TikTok” and then Install it.5. At last, Open the android application that you have installed & then youwill see the android apps running on Windows 11.And done! Now let’s move to the next part…
Installing Android Apps in Windows 11 using Android Emulator
Since Windows 11 is still in the beta stage & lots of features are missingwhich will be added with the stable release. And that’s most of you won’t beable to use the Amazon Appstore currently on your PC. Apart from this, if youhave only installed this new version of Windows OS to install android apps onPC, then you can easily go back to win 10 from win 11.Because it is currently in the development phase and you might not get all thefeatures right now. Also, I know that moving back to Windows 10 is a time-consuming process and in that case, you can follow this quick guide.In this part, I will be using the Bluestacks Android Emulator for installingand running the android apps on Windows 11.So, let’s see how it works…1. First, download the Bluestacks installer from the official website.2. Once the file is downloaded successfully, Run the installer file bydouble-clicking on it. After that click on Customize installation option tochange the location and other parameters.3. Now assign the BlueStacks data path on your PC local directory and thenclick on Install now button.4. After that, the installer will start downloading all the essential filesand after few minutes all the files will be installed automatically.5. Once the installation is completed, now open the Bluestacks applicationand then login into your Google PlayStore account.And done! Now go to PlayStore and then search for the Android app that youwant to install on your Windows 11.Note:- In recent blogs, Bluestacks mentioned that the newer version will bemuch faster with high performance and less RAM consuming. But according to me,running android apps natively on Windows OS will give much better performanceas compared to any third-party apps.Apart from this, Microsoft has also confirmed that they have drasticallyimproved the gaming performance of this new Windows OS. For more info, you canalso check out the detailed Win 11 vs Win 10 comparison.That’s it for now…
1. Windows 11 Android Emulator
Windows 11 comes with built-in support for Android apps out of the box. Thedominance of the Android ecosystem and native mobile apps like Tiktok havemade Windows lookout for integrating Android apps inside the Windows system.With the help of the Amazon App Store and Intel, Windows can now run AndroidApps and you do not need an emulator to play Android games or apps on PC.Android apps can be obtained from the Microsoft Store found in the Start Menu.Also, you can directly sideload APK files onto Windows, making Android appsmore like EXEs applications. The only drawback with the new Windows 11 Androidapp support is it does not have Google Mobile Services (GMS) support. The GMSacts as a bridge that syncs data, stores and collects data that help GoogleApps (YouTube, Gmail, Google Assistant, and Google Dependent apps to worksmoothly).”