Though you can download and install WSA from the Microsoft Store there are some users who can’t download it as the Install option is greyed out. In the meantime, the WSA app is not available in some regions. Luckily, there’s a way to download and install this application. So, in this guide, you’re going to learn how to download and install Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11 and without Microsoft Store.
Meanwhile, in terms of compatibility, Microsoft has truly brought out the best in Windows. You’ll be able to run Android apps natively on your PC starting with Windows 11. To do so, you’ll need to download the Microsoft Store’s ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ software.
‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ does more than just make it easier to install Android apps through the Amazon Appstore (that is the official way). You may also use it to sideload any Android software onto your Windows computer.
What is WSA?
Moreover, WSA (Windows Subsystem for Android) is a Hyper-V virtual machine that allows Android apps to run on Windows 11 OS. Although installing Android apps on your computer necessitates the use of the Amazon Appstore, WSA is a mandatory component. It’s comparable to Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux, which was released a few months ago.
Because Amazon Appstore is not available in most other locations, Windows Subsystem for Android is only available in the United States. Even if you manage to get over the limitation, you’ll need an Amazon account situated in the United States and the Windows Insider Beta Channel to access this function. Aside from that, you’ll need the Windows 11 operating system and compatible hardware. You won’t be able to test it on Windows 11 if it’s installed on hardware that isn’t supported.
Download Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11 (msixbundle file)
Step 1. Go to store.rg-adguard.net.
Step 2. Choose ProductId from the drop-down menu and then paste the below number:
Step 3. Now, choose Slow from the drop-down menu next to the tick or check icon.
Step 4. Finally, after that, select the ‘checkbox’ option to allow the program to immediately find download links for the.msixbundle from Microsoft’s servers.
Step 5. As search results, a list will appear on the web page. Scroll down to find the file with the extension.msixbundle. In addition, it will be the largest file in the results (about 1.2GB or more). Once you’ve found the file, right-click it and select the ‘Save link as...’ option from the context menu. Allow your browser to download the file and save it to your computer.
How to Install Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11 via Terminal or PowerShell
After downloading the Windows Subsystem for Android, you must install it before you can use it on your Windows 11 PC.
Go to the file location, right-click on it and select Copy as path.
Now, run Windows Terminal as an administrator. Simply type terminal on the search box.
Add-AppxPackage -Path and a space. Next, paste the file path that you’ve copied before and press enter. in my case, it would be like this:
Add-AppxPackage -Path "E:\MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.8.32828.0_neutral___8wekyb3d8bbwe.Msixbundle"
PowerShell will now show you the status of the installation; just wait for it to finish.
Launch WSA on Windows 11
- Click the search icon next to the Start menu button.
- Search for Windows Subsystem for Android.
- Once found, open it.
Finally, Windows Subsystem for Android is ready to use on your Windows PC. So, these were the steps to download and install Windows Subsystem for Android on Windows 11 without Microsoft Store. Sideloading Android applications on your Windows 11 PC is also possible by installing the WSATools app from the Microsoft Store. To know more about click here.