How to Get Android Apps on Windows 11

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What to Know

  • Windows 11 will be able to download and run Android apps without the need for a connected smartphone.
  • The Windows 11 Microsoft Store app store only downloads Android apps in the Amazon Appstore, not the Google Play Store.
  • Windows 11 will launch on October 5th, with support for Android apps coming soon after.

The Windows 11 operating system will eventually support the native installation and use of Android apps. This functionality is entirely different than the Windows 10 method of running Android apps which requires a connected Android smartphone. Windows 11 won’t need any special emulation software.

This article will walk you through the process of how to download, install, and run Android apps on Windows 11 devices once the feature goes live.

Windows 11 is not expected to launch support for Android apps until late-2021 or early-2022.

How Do I Install Android Apps on My Windows 11 Laptop?

You can download and install Android apps on Windows 11 laptops, computers, and tablets via the Microsoft Store app store. No special emulator or other program is required to install Android apps as this functionality is built into the Windows 11 operating system.

This feature is made possible by connecting to the Amazon Appstore made from within the Microsoft Store app. You need an Amazon account to purchase and download an Android app on a Windows 11 device.

You will need an Amazon account to download Android apps onto your Windows 11 device via the Microsoft Store app. An existing Amazon account you use for online Amazon purchases, Kindle, Twitch, or Audible, is acceptable.

  1. Open the Windows 11 Start menu.

    Start button on Windows 11 desktop.
  2. Select Microsoft Store.

    If you don’t have the Microsoft Store pinned to your Start menu, select All apps to find it from the app list or search for it via the Start menu search bar.

    Microsoft Store in Windows 11 Start menu.
  3. Browse the Microsoft Store to find the Android app you want to download and use on your Windows 11 device.

    Microsoft Store in Windows 11 with Android apps
  4. Select the Android app’s name or icon.

    TikTok app icon in Microsoft Store.
  5. Select Get from Amazon Appstore to download and install the Android app.

    Get from Amazon App Store button in Microsoft Store in Windows 11

How Can I Run Android Apps on My PC?

Once you’ve installed an Android app on your Windows 11 PC or tablet, you can open and run the app the same way you would with a Windows app.

Android TikTok app running on Windows 11 desktop.

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If the Android app is designed for use on smartphones, it may not fill the entire screen on your Windows 11 device. However, if the app supports Android tablets, you may be able to expand or resize it.

To find the Android app after it’s been installed, open the Windows 11 Start menu and select All apps. The app should be visible on the list alongside all of your Windows apps.

Alternatively, you can also search for the app by typing its name in the Start menu search bar.

Tap the Android app’s icon to open it. You can then move the app window with your mouse cursor or your finger if your device supports touch controls.

How Do I Get Google Apps on Windows 11?

It's important to emphasize that Windows 11 can only download Android apps from the Amazon Appstore. You can't install Android apps from the Google Play Store.

This restriction does mean you may come across some Android apps that you can't install on your Windows 11 device, but this isn't necessarily the end of the world. For example, while many of Google's first-party apps such as Google Maps, Google Photos, and Google Drive aren't available in the Amazon Appstore, most have Windows apps (so you won't need the Android version).

Don’t forget about Windows apps and websites when it comes to accessing services on Windows 11 devices.

You can also access most of Google’s services on Windows 11 by using a web browser. Again, no additional app download is required.

When Will Android Apps Launch on Windows 11?

The Windows 11 operating system is set to officially launch to the general public on October 5, 2021. Unfortunately, support for Android apps will not be available at launch, although the feature will begin testing with Windows Insiders in late-2021.

If you want to try Android apps on Windows 11 before it rolls out to the general public, you can opt into the Windows Insiders program, which is open to all Windows users. To sign up, go to Settings and select Windows Update.

We look forward to continuing our journey to bring Android apps to Windows 11 and the Microsoft Store through our collaboration with Amazon and Intel; this will start with a preview for Windows Insiders over the coming months,” Microsoft’s Aaron Woodman said in a blog post in August 2021.

As of September 2021, no launch date for Android apps on Windows 11 had been officially announced, although the feature will likely debut sometime in late-2021 or early-2022.

FAQ
  • How do you uninstall apps on Windows 11?

    One way to remove apps on Windows 11 is from the Start menu. Select All Apps, right-click the app you want to remove, and select Uninstall. Alternatively, go to Settings > Apps > Apps & Features, select the three-dot button next to the app you want to remove, and choose Uninstall.

  • How do you turn off background apps in Windows 11?

    Go to Settings > Apps > Apps and Features. Select the three-dot button next to the app you want to stop and choose Advanced Options. Next, go to Background Apps Permissions and select Never to prevent the app from running in the background.

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