Windows 11 preview builds come with native support for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), allowing you to run Android apps on your desktop without the need for third-party emulators. Right now, you can only download apps from the Amazon Appstore as there is no support for other stores.
Amazon’s Appstore is not as large as the Play Store, and only a limited number of Android apps can be officially downloaded on Windows 11. Thankfully, you can use the command line tool to install Android apps and even run them. Windows Subsystem for Android on PC Non-Internal, as well as avoid using the WSA manager.
If you don’t want to use the command line (which can be difficult for a beginner), there is an easier way to do it. A new app called “WSA PacMan”, available on Github for review and feedback, allows you to install Android apps without opening a command prompt or system settings.
As the name suggests, it’s a third-party open source package manager built specifically for the Windows Subsystem for Android. It acts as a GUI and runs ADB commands in the background to install Android apps, and it also relies on the default port so you don’t have to make any changes to the app or the WSA itself.
WSA PacMan is a GUI for ADB commands and it is based on the original WSA included in the Operating System, so you need to set up the WSA once.
First, you’ll need a device that runs Windows 11 and supports the Android Subsystem for Linux. Second, make sure that you have the Android Subsystem installed or enabled and that the debugging option is enabled. Otherwise, the package manager will not be able to install the app on your device.
How to install Android apps with GUI
1. Towards Github’s release page and download WSA PacMan.
2. The PackMan application will automatically connect to the WSA because it uses the default port for debugging.
3. As you can see in the screenshot above, WSA PacMan has a simple interface and you just need to locate the APK file that you want to run.
If you followed the steps correctly and selected the APK file, you will see an installation wizard similar to the original installer included with the operating system.
You can open installed applications as you would with any other Windows application. Applications installed by the package manager will show up in your Start menu and they can be pinned to the taskbar.
/2021/12/25/you-can-now-easily-install-android-apps-on-windows-11-with-new-open-source-tool/ Now you can easily install Android apps on Windows 11 with the new open source tool