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Sideloading apps on Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11

Sideloading APKs in to Windows Subsystem for Android

Update (9th July, 2022): An app is available that does just this.

Check out WSATools by Simone Franco: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9N4P75DXL6FG


Setting up ADB to work with WSA

  • Launch Windows Subsystem for Android.
  • Here, enable Developer mode then tap on Manage developer settings.
  • Use your left mousebutton to scroll down until you find Wireless debugging. Tap to open it and enable it.
  • Tap on Pair device with pairing code.
  • Take note of Wi-Fi pairing code, and IP address and port.
  • Launch Windows Terminal and make sure ADB is installed (install ADB).
  • Use command adb pair <IP:port> to pair ADB with WSA.
  • In Wireless debugging window, see Device name and under it IP address and port.
  • Use command adb connect <IP:port> to connect WSA with ADB.

Once this is done, use command adb devices to make sure that WSA is connected.

Installing APKs using ADB

Now you can install any app you want, but I personally suggest installing a web browser and a file manager first. Here's the direct download link to the latest Bromite x64 build.

  • Download the APK.
  • Open File Explorer, right click on downloaded APK and tap on Copy as path.
  • Launch Windows Terminal.
  • Use adb install <file path> to install the APK.
    [P.S. You can right click to paste in Terminal]
  • Repeat this process for a file manager app. I recommend using MiX, you can use what you want.

After installation using ADB

You can now open the web browser you installed in Android, and download and install Aurora Store like you do on any Android device - normally sideloading APK without using ADB.


 

A list of suggested apps to install on WSA:

  • microG: A free-as-in-freedom re-implementation of Google’s proprietary Android user space apps and libraries.
  • Aurora Store: an app store that lets you download apps from Google Play without a Google account.
  • MiX: MiXplorer mix of explorers (SD, FTP, Lan, Cloud and other storage explorers) is a fast, smooth, beautiful, reliable and full-featured file manager with a simple and intuitive user interface.
  • Bromite: A Chromium fork with support for ad blocking and enhanced privacy.
@royalturd
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royalturd commented Oct 21, 2021

Pro bhai @pratyakshm 🔥

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Dipanshu6 commented Oct 21, 2021

Naice

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Cyberdroid1 commented Oct 21, 2021

Thanks for the guide!

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tushar4303 commented Oct 21, 2021

Aurora store >>>> amazon store🌚

@WillD7545
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WillD7545 commented Feb 17, 2022

Tips for getting microG to work? Says it fails signature spoofing checks. Apps I've tried required Gapps won't work.

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pratyakshm commented Feb 17, 2022

Hi @WillD7545!
I strongly recommend using https://github.com/LSPosed/MagiskOnWSA to get proper Google apps support in WSA.

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Puyodead1 commented Aug 4, 2022

It's not letting me enable wireless debugging, I click the switch and it won't toggle. Any idea how to solve this?

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johnkellyjr commented Aug 10, 2022

It's not letting me enable wireless debugging, I click the switch and it won't toggle. Any idea how to solve this? 68747470733a2f2f692e696d6775722e636f6d2f3170554632626f2e676966

I am having the same issue as Puyodead1. I can't enable wireless debugging. I am using VMWare on which I am running Windows 11.

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mycall commented Aug 17, 2022

I am having the same issue as Puyodead1. I can't enable wireless debugging. I am using VMWare on which I am running Windows 11.

Same here. Wifi is connected so the criteria is met. About half the time when I press the button for Wireless debugging, I see text flash the go away:
WirelessDebugging

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Hang25 commented Sep 27, 2022

I am having the same issue as Puyodead1. I can't enable wireless debugging. I am using VMWare on which I am running Windows 11.

Same here. Wifi is connected so the criteria is met. About half the time when I press the button for Wireless debugging, I see text flash the go away: WirelessDebugging

Same here for me.

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DivyanshuLohani commented Oct 5, 2022

Same for me

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BenRaouf commented Oct 22, 2022

how we can resolve it

@SysC0mp
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SysC0mp commented Oct 29, 2022

Same problem

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pratyakshm commented Oct 30, 2022

This isn't a support thread for WSA. Please refrain from conversations regarding the same and instead report these issues to Microsoft.

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mycall commented Nov 3, 2022

Where is support thread for WSA? It would be easy then to link to this.

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kamaravichow commented Nov 5, 2022

Just use the command

adb connect IP_ADDRESS

and then you'll see a dialog, accept the connection that's it

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