How to add Windows Subsystem for Android with Google Play Store(Gapps) in Windows 11

Windows Subsystem for Android

Microsoft recently revealed the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) for Windows 11 beta release. The collaboration between Amazon’s App Store for Android and Microsoft’s Windows 11 has resulted in the creation of the Windows Subsystem for Android. In other words, you can use WSA to download and install Android apps on Windows 11.

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Since it is an Amazon product, it automatically lacks Google Play Services and Play Store, which are required to operate Google programmes such as YouTube and Gmail. In addition, without Google Play Services, some third-party apps will not run.

Windows Subsytem for Android

Source: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/android/wsa/

But, no worries, Readers! We are lucky enough to have found a developer AdeltaX, an Italian UX designer, who has come up with a workaround. You can easily install Google Play Store and Play Services onto the WSA. You can check out the code from here.

Steps to Install WSA with Google Play Store in Windows 11:

  • Download Windows Subsystem For Android (WSA) With Gapps
    1. Download(Mediafire) | Mirror link (MegaNZ) | (For most devices) | Filename: WsaPackage_1.7.32815.0_x64_Release-Nightly.zip
    2. | MegaNZ link (open on desktop) | (For x86 64-Bit devices)
    3. Download | MegaNZ link (open on desktop) | (For ARM 64-bit devices) |This includes an MSIX file
  • Setup ADB for Windows OS or download the Android SDK Tools by Google.
  • Delete any existing WSA instances from Windows 11.(WIN+X -> Apps And Features -> Windows Subsystem for Android -> Uninstall)
  • Extract WSA zip files downloaded in step 1 to a location where you want to install WSA.
  • Make sure to enable Developer mode in Windows (Search -> developer settings -> developer mode)
  • Go to Win+X -> Terminal (Admin) -> paste the following:

Add-AppxPackage -Register “<path>\AppxManifest.xml”

     Note: replace <path> with the location where you extracted WSA files. For example:

Add-AppxPackage -Register D:\WSA\AppxManifest.xml

     Alternative: Go to the path where all the files are and hold Shift key + Right click and choose Open Powershell window.

Add-AppxPackage -Register .\AppxManifest.xml

  1. Now the installation of WSA onto Windows 11 is completed.
  2. Launch WSA -> enable developer mode; refresh IP address ; Copy IP Address
  3. Ensure you have ADB setup o Windows 11.
  4. If you have downloaded the files in step 2, extract them to a location. (Used to sideload Android Apps)
  5. Enter the folder.
  6. Hold Shift key + Right-click -> Open PowerShell window here.
  7. Enter the following in the terminal
adb connect <IP>

(Replace <IP> with IP address you copied earlier)

adb shell
su
setenforce 0
  • You should now be able to sign in to the Play Store on WSA
  • Launch WSA from the start menu.

Here is a video tutorial explaining the steps for Windows Subsystem for Android

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