With Windows 11, for the first time, Microsoft has introduced the ability to manage Android applications locally. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the new operating system is that it allows users to fully integrate phone applications into the Windows desktop.
However, there are some great caveats to consider. This feature requires an SSD and at least 8 GB of RAM, but Microsoft recommends 16 GB or more for best practice; Not compatible with many devices running Windows 11. This feature is still in beta, and the latest version has not yet been released for US users only.
But the biggest thing against it is limited to the Amazon Appstore. The app option is dull compared to the Play Store, but what if you could have both?
We have tested and can confirm that the method in this article allows you to install the Play Store and download applications from there. Also, there is no malware by any other solution.
How to install Google Play Store on Windows 11
Before proceeding, it should be noted that this process only works with x86, 64-bit devices. For ARM-based devices, there is a separate link below, but it will not work on a 32-bit device.
You also need to make sure that virtualization is active first. Turn the Control Panel> Applications> Windows properties on or off. Make sure the boxes next to “Virtual Machine Platform” and “Windows Subsystem for Linux” are checked, then click “OK” to confirm.
If you already have the Windows Subsystem (WSA) for Android, you need to uninstall it. Open and search for Settings> Applications> Applications and Functions. If nothing is visible, it is not installed.
Before proceeding, there is one more thing you need to do. Type “Powershell” in the search bar next to the Start menu, then right-click on Windows PowerShell and select “Run as Administrator.” You can close the window immediately, but this will ensure that the following steps work properly:
- Go to Settings> Privacy and Security> Developers
2. Under “Developer Mode”, click the toggle button to turn it on, then click “Yes” to confirm
3. Go to GitHub and create an account if you don’t already have one. You must verify your email address
4. Then, go to the LSPosed / MagiskOnWSA page and click on ‘Hook’ in the upper right corner, and then click ‘Create Hook’ to confirm.
5. Click on your icon in the upper right corner from the top right corner and select your ‘Repositories’
6. Click on “MagiskonWSA” and then on “Actions” from the top icons
7. You will see a warning that says, “The workflow is not working in this forked depot.” Click on “I understand my workflow, continue and activate” to confirm
8. Select “Create WSA” from the left panel
9. To confirm, click the “Run Workflow” drop-down menu and then the green “Run Workflow” button
10. It will take a few minutes to complete the process, and then you will see the orange marker turn green.
11. Click on the Bridged Build WSA header
12. Scroll to the ‘Settings’ subheading and click on the ‘x64’ option. However, if you are using an ARM-based device such as the Surface Pro X, choose the ‘arm64’ version instead.
13. Although the actual files are smaller than the listed size, they will start downloading automatically. When done, locate it in File Explorer and click “Remove All” elsewhere. this will take a few seconds
14. In the extracted folder, locate the file named “Install”, then right-click on it and select “Work with PowerShell”.
15. If a security warning appears, click ‘Open’ or ‘Run’ if PowerShell requires permission
16. After a few seconds, the message “Operation completed successfully” should appear. A few more operations will be completed in a few minutes before you receive the “Everything is complete” message.
The Play Store will now be installed as a separate application on Windows 11. Just open it and sign in with your Google account, then you can download the app you want. Some work better than others, but all can be attached to the taskbar and are compatible with the versatile features of Windows 11.
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