Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that it has started rolling out Android app support on Windows 11 in 21 more countries.
All Windows 11 users in these countries can now download and install the updated WSA (Windows Subsystem for Android) through a Windows Update to enable Android app support.
For those unaware, WSA was one of the new features announced in Microsoft’s Windows 11 last year to bring Android apps to Windows 11 for the first time.
This feature, which was introduced in February 2022, brings Android apps to the Microsoft Store and can be downloaded directly through the Amazon Appstore. Users can also install Android apps through any source using the APK file format.
In order for WSA for Windows 11 to work perfectly on your system, Microsoft recommends that the system must have the following minimum requirements:
- 8GB of RAM ( although 16GB is recommended)
- An SSD (solid-state drive)
- AMD Ryzen 3000 (minimum) or above
- Intel core i3 8th Gen or above and
- The Virtual Machine Platform setting must be enabled
Until now, WSA for Windows 11 was only limited to users from the United States and Japan.
Microsoft has confirmed the list of regions where Windows will now support native Android apps through the Amazon Appstore which are Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Vatican City.
If you reside in one of the above-mentioned regions and wish to try out the WSA feature, here’s how you can do it. To get started, ensure that your Windows PC is running the latest version of Windows 11.
Once done, you need to go to Microsoft Store > download ‘Amazon Appstore’ > and install ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ when prompted.
Once installed, go to ‘Amazon Appstore’ and log in with your Amazon account to browse through all the available Android apps and download them on your Windows 11-supported PC.
Please note that currently, only a limited selection of Android apps are available on the Microsoft Store for download.