Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Android has finally launched
after months of hype and anticipation from users. While the
feature has been available for Insider machines for nearly six
months, it is now opening to everyone with a supported device
running Windows 11 version 21H2.
Listed on Microsoft’s FAQ website for the Android beta support,
there are nearly five major requirements that your device must
meet in order to run mobile apps properly devices. A full list
of supported PCs that currently support the Android release is
not available, but your device should be able to run mobile
apps if it meets Windows 11 requirements.
need a device running Windows 11 version 21H2 or newer,
have at least 8GB of RAM (as opposed to 4GB required for
Windows 11 itself) and have a processor that is officially
supported by Microsoft. Additionally, you will also need to
enable the virtual machine platform feature from the optional
Here’s the complete list of requirements:
- RAM: 8 GB (minimum) and 16 GB (recommended).
- Storage type: Solid State Drive (SSD).
- Processor: Your device should meet Windows 11 requirements
i.e Core i3 8th Gen, Ryzen 3000, Snapdragon 8c or above.
- Processor type: x64 or ARM64.
- Virtual Machine Platform: This optional setting is for
virtualization and you’ll need to enable the setting from
Additionally, if you want to download and run 1,000 plus
Android apps from Amazon AppStore, make sure the device’s
region is set to the United States with English.
If you meet the above requirements, you can download and
install Windows 11’s latest optional update (KB5010414)
that includes a public preview of Android apps. For those in
the United States, they can access more than 1,000 Amazon
AppStore items on Windows 11, including popular apps and even
This includes Audible, Kindle, Subway Surfers, and many more.
Amazon Store integration in Microsoft Store lets you download
Android apps on Windows 11 just like any other app from the
You’ll be able to discover these apps via Microsoft Store, but
the downloads are powered by the Amazon Appstore.
As we reported recently, Windows 11’s Android support is the
result of the company’s contribution to the Windows Subsystem
Android integration is built on top of the open-source Android
platform and it is supported by Intel Bridge Technology.
Android support is not restricted to Amazon AppStore, so you
can also manually sideload apps without switching your region
and language to the United States (English).