How to sideload Android apps on Windows 11 without Insider program

Windows 11 Android APK sideload

Android Subsystem for Windows 11 is one of the biggest new
features that was originally supposed to come on October 5. It
turns out that Microsoft needs more time to test the subsystem
and it has started rolling out the feature to Insiders, but a
simple trick now lets you sideload Android apps on Windows 11
without joining the beta channel.

Microsoft has confirmed that testers in the United States can
download and install Android apps from the Amazon AppStore on
Windows 11. However,
Android Subsystem for Windows 11 is rolling out in stages,
so the Amazon AppStore may not download when the Store app is
not updated.

Windows 11’s Android Subsystem is available on eligible devices
with Intel, AMD, and Qualcomm processors. Additionally, a
minimum of 8GB of RAM is required to sideload Android APKs on
Windows 11, while 16GB of RAM is recommended for the best
experience on supported devices.

Sideloading APKs on Windows 11

Thanks to WSA, we can sideload Android apps on Windows 11
without Google Play Store. It also lets you install and use
mobile apps that you can’t find through app stores like Amazon,
Google or Samsung.

What’s great about the Android Subsystem for Windows is that it
lets you install nearly all Android apps without making changes
to device settings. The process is similar to sideloading apps
on your phone, but you should be familiar with Command Prompt.

In this guide, we’ll talk about the simplest ways of
sideloading apps on Windows 11 using Command Prompt. The method
is easy to follow, so let’s take a look at how it works.

How to sideload apps on Windows 11 using Command Prompt

If you know the basics of Command Prompt and ADB (Android Debug
Bridge), sideloading APKs on your Windows 11 PC can be a piece
of cake.

Before getting started, make sure you’ve downloaded APKs for
apps you want to install on your device. For this article, we
chose to install the Brave browser downloaded from APKMirror.

To sideload Android APKs on Windows 11 using WSA without
joining the beta channel, follow these steps:

  1. Download Windows Subsystem for Android
    from here.
  2. Open PowerShell (admin).
  3. Enter Add-AppxPackage <path to
    file>
    (To get the path of WSA, right-click on it and select
    Copy as path“, and paste it in the above
    command).
    Windows Subsystem for Android
  4. Head to Google’s
    website and download the Android SDK
    Platform-Tools
    .
  5. Extract Android SDK Platform-Tools to a folder of your
    choice.
  6. Open Windows Search and type
    Windows Subsystem for Android“, and click on
    it.
  7. Inside “Windows Subsystem for Android”, scroll down and
    turn on “Developer mode”.
  8. Click on “Files” to get the IP address. This step is
    required when the IP address is unavailable on the settings
    page.
    Sideload Android APKs
  9. If you still do not see the IP address, click Refresh or
    reopen the settings.
  10. Once done, open Command Prompt.
  11. Use cd command to navigate to the folder
    of Android SDK Platform-Tools. For example, if you extracted
    the tools in the Downloads folder, you would need to type
    cd c:usersusernamedownloadsplatform-tools
    and press enter.
    Windows 11 ADB command
  12. In the Command Prompt, enter adb connect
    ipaddress that you copied earlier.
  13. To install the APK, use adb install
    appname.apk. In this case, we’re using brave.apk (brave
    browser), so we entered the following command: adb install
    brave.apk
    Install Android APK on Windows 11
  14. If you followed the steps correctly, a success message will
    appear in the Command Prompt.

You will find the app listed in your Start menu and these
Android apps can be uninstalled like other apps.

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