Windows 11’s Android app support is now widely available

Microsoft has now started rolling out Android apps to mainstream users in 31 additional countries. Android app support was first added to the operating system in February, but was previously limited to the United States and Japan. On September 27, Microsoft began rolling out the Android app to users in the UK and Europe, and users can now install the updated WSA via Windows Update. To date, WSA only worked if users changed their region to the United States or Japan, and the Amazon App Store was also available only in these regions.

It is worth noting that Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is no longer in preview/beta and it works on all eligible devices. Users will find a limited selection of Android apps in the Microsoft Store and those apps should work and feel like ordinary Windows apps, thanks to the deeper integration. Microsoft sent us an email confirming that the support for Android apps is now rolling out in the following regions:

Andorra Austria Belgium France Germany Gibraltar Guernsey Ireland Isle of Man Italy Japan Jersey Liechtenstein Luxembourg Monaco San Marino Spain Switzerland United Kingdom United States Vatican City/Holy See

In the email, the company confirmed that devices must the minimum system requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11. Microsoft says you must have at least 8GB of RAM for these mobile apps, but the recommended memory requirement is 16GB. A StorageSolid State Drive (SSD), Intel Core i3 8th Gen (minimum) and above, AMD Ryzen 3000 (minimum) or above are recommended too. You’ll also need to enable the Virtual Machine Platform setting.

These requirements should come as no surprise to anyone as WSA uses virtualization and is built around the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This shouldn't be a problem for anyone who has bought a mid-range or high-end device in a few years. Of course, if you have more RAM and a better CPU, the Android app or gaming experience will be much better. If your device is in a supported region and meets the requirements, you can start testing Android apps today.

To get started, make sure you have the latest version of Windows 11 installed on your PC. You will also need to update the Microsoft Store to the latest version. Once done, follow these steps: Go to the Microsoft Store. Click on the search bar. Type Amazon Appstore. Download and install 'Windows Subsystem for Android' when you see the popup. Click Yes whenever asked. Once done, open the Amazon Appstore and sign in with your Amazon account to browse the apps. You can download any Android app from the Amazon Appstore on Windows 11 and find them in the All Apps section of the Start menu.