Developer runs Google Play Store on Windows 11

Microsoft has started testing the Android subsystem for Windows
11 and a limited number of users can now download it from the
Amazon AppStore. The availability of Android apps on Windows 11
would be strongly dependent on the items published in the
Amazon Appstore, but you can
sideload APKs or even run the Play Store.

Developer ADeltaX has now
managed to unlock Google Play Store support by making changes
to Windows Subsystem for Android. The Play Store hack, which is
not beginner-friendly, enables support for both Google Play
services and the Google Play store with sign-in support.

This method could pave the way for installing any Android app
on Windows 11 and Google Play services-based apps will also
work. The script is hosted on Github, but it’s currently not
beginner-friendly and it’s better to stay away from the hack
unless you know exactly what you need to do.

Play Store on Windows 11

Running Play Store on Windows 11

To get started, you would need to download Windows Subsystem
for Android from here, install
Windows Subsystem for Linux (2), and download Ubuntu from the
Microsoft Store.

Finally, run the following commands in Ubuntu terminal:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt install unzip lzip

Head to OpenGApps and create a package with the following
configuration:

  • Platform: x86_64.
  • OS: Android: 11.
  • Variant: Pico on OpenGApps

Download 7Zip and extract the .msixbundle of Windows Subsystem
for Android and locate the msixbundle compatible with your
architecture/device language. Extract the second msixbundle to
another folder and delete these files appxblockmap,
appxsignature, content_types, and appxmetadata.

In the Ubuntu terminal, run the following command

git clone https://github.com/ADeltaX/WSAGAScript
cd WSAGAScript/#IMAGES
mv /mnt/path-to-extracted-msix/*.img .
cd ../#GAPPS
cp /mnt/path-to-downloaded-gapps/*.zip .

The above command will download the necessary files to run the
WSAGA script. In the command, WSL would follow the same path as
Windows after /mnt/, but make sure the drive letter is correct.
For example, /mnt/c/users would be the c:users folder.

After running the above commands, run executable permission for
the scripts

cd..
sudo chmod +x extract_gapps_pico.sh
sudo chmod +x extend_and_mount_images.sh
sudo chmod +x apply.sh
sudo chmod +x unmount_images.sh

Now change the root directory in VARIABLES.sh using the command
“pwd” and note down the output. Run the following command where
VARIABLES would be the output of the previous command (pwd):

nano VARIABLES.sh

And finally, run the following commands:

sudo ./extract_gapps_pico.sh
sudo ./extend_and_mount_images.sh
sudo ./apply.sh
sudo ./unmount_images.sh

To copy the modified WSA image, run the following command:

cd #IMAGES
cp *.img /mnt/path-to-extracted-msix/

If you followed the above steps correctly, you should be able
to register the modified image. To do register, enable
developer mode in WSA and run Add-AppxPackage -Register
path-to-extracted-msixAppxManifest.xml

Windows Subsystem for Android will now install the required
apps and files for Play Store.

To signin with your Google account, copy the kernel file from
Github and replace the kernel file inside the tools folder of
the extracted msix (WSA should not be running in the
background).

Once done, enter adb shell and run the
following command

su
setenforce 0

Although the instructions are available, it’s not for beginners
and it’s better to wait for a third-party tool to automate the
entire process.

Microsoft is officially working with Amazon to improve Android
apps support on Windows 11, but there’s no ETA as to when
Amazon could bring more apps to the desktop OS.

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