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This Guide will show you how to install and run apk files or Android apps in any Edition of Windows 11 using Windows Subsystem for Android. WSA or Windows Subsystem for Android is a Tool that allows Windows to run Android Apps directly without using any emulator.

Install Android apps or apk files in Windows using Windows Subsystem for Android

WSA or Windows Subsystem for Android is a Tool that allows Windows to run Android Apps directly without using any emulator. The problem is Windows Subsystem for Android is currently only available through preview via the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program. But if you follow my guide, you don't have to be in Windows Insider Program to try it out. The only thing you need is Windows 11 installed and some patience.


  • Windows Subsystem for Android or WSA must be Installed.

Click here to view the guide that shows how to install Windows Subsystem for Android in any Edition of Windows 11 (including Windows 11 Home) non Inider or stable release.

How to Install Android Apps or apk files in Windows Subsystem for Android:

  • First install Windows Subsystem for Android. Click here to know how to do that.
  • Search and run Windows Subsystem for Android Setting from Windows start menu.
  • The window shown in the screenshot below will appear. There, click on the icon in the extreme left side of the Files box. This will start Windows Subsystem for Android and open the File Manager App in Android. This can take some time so be patient.
  • Keep File Manager running otherwise Windows Subsystem for Android will terminate itself.
  • Enable Optional Diagnostic Data and Developer mode in Windows Subsystem for Android Setting Window and click the Refresh button in the IP address Section.
  • Click here to download the latest version of adb and extract the downloaded zip file.
  • Inside the extracted folder, there should be a file named adb.exe along with a plenty of other files.
  • Put the apk files of the Android apps that you want to install in this folder, and rename them to names that are easier to remember.

    Note: You can download apk files of Android apps from websites like APKPure, APKMirror or F-Droid. These are trusted websites.

  • Copy the path of this folder from the pathbox in Windows File Explorer as shown in the screenshot below: 11
  • Search for Command Prompt in Windows Start Menu and Open it.
  • Type cd "" in the command prompt. Inside those "", paste the copied path by pressing Ctrl + V. The windows should look something like the below screenshot. Then press Enter. 12
  • Now, type adb connect in the Command Prompt Window. Press Enter and wait for the connection.
  • Once connected, type adb install "name.apk" in the Command Prompt. Replace name with the name of the apk file that you want to install and press Enter. After successful install, the installed App will appear in Windows Start Menu. Repeat this step for all the apk files that you want to install and they will appear in Windows Start Menu as well.

Thats it! Thanks for using this Guide. I hope it helped.

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oilcan-productions commented Apr 28, 2023

To install an .xapk package you need to use adb push <apkname> /sdcard then open the WSA file manger, click on Subsystem for Android (TM) and double click the .xapk file also make sure you have Install apps from this source toggled to ON when the question comes up

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Choudhary014 commented Jun 16, 2023

My apk opens and again closes in just 2 seconds

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How can I transfer folders form the android subsystem to my local window folder?

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Kirb101 commented Oct 8, 2023

When I try doing the ADB step, it shows this error: failed to authenticate to

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freak4tech commented Oct 17, 2023

I can start Live Net TV app but nothing happens:

D:\xxxxx\Downloads\platform-tools>adb shell monkey -p 1
bash arg: -p
bash arg:
bash arg: 1
args: [-p,, 1]
arg: "-p"
arg: ""
arg: "1"
Events injected: 1
## Network stats: elapsed time=6ms (0ms mobile, 0ms wifi, 6ms not connected)

The application path in the Windows shotcut is C:\Users\xxxxx\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WindowsApps\MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_8wekyb3d8bbwe\WsaClient.exe /launch wsa://

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Afaq233 commented Dec 11, 2023

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Afaq233 commented Dec 11, 2023

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Nzalo commented Jan 23, 2024

As of January 2024 this guide still works. Thank you!
Beware that the interface has changed and you have to accept the connection request.

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thank you!

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for anyone like me that has the AUTH error and has read posts about revoke debug authorisation.
the setting as of posting this is in:
Windows Subsystem for Android > Advanced Settings > "Manage developer settings" > Scroll down to "Revoke USB Debugging Authorisations". Next time you connect adb it will ask to trust the connection, click yes. Then the install worked for me.

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i have a problem
i run the command C:\Users\zainh\Documents\important\platform-tools>adb uninstall "youtube.apk"
and it says:

any fix?

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Thank you very much!

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