How to Install Google Play Store in Windows 11 and Run Android Apps (2022)

You might have used BlueStacks in your Windows PC to run Android apps. However, Microsoft is also testing Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) in insider builds and it will be out soon. So, you would be able to run Android apps in Windows 11 natively. But they are planning to introduce Amazon App Store for Android apps. No matter how good Amazon App Store is, it won’t be as vast as Google Play Store. While it is unofficial, you can still install Google Play Store in Windows 11 and run Android apps using customized WSA.

This has been made possible by software tinkerer ADeltaX (modified the WSA) and Yujinchang08 (automated the process). The best part is that it also works on stable builds of Windows 11, so, you won’t need to switch to insider builds. So, if you are willing to get the taste of your favorite Android apps from Google Play Store on your Windows 11 PC, you are at the right place.

SEE ALSO: Try the New Alt+Tab Switcher in Windows 11 (Insider Build 22526 or Newer).

Install Google Play Store using Custom WSA on Windows 11 and Run Android Apps and Games

First things first. You would need to take care of a few things before you proceed. First off, if you have Windows Subsystem for Android already installed on your Windows 11 PC, you need to uninstall it. Besides that, you would also need a Github account. If you don’t have it, you can easily create one on Github.com

You would also need to enable some Optional Windows Features in Windows 11 which has been explained below. So, follow these steps to install Google Play Store in Windows 11 and get it working.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode on your Windows 11 PC

We would also need to enable Developer Mode on Windows 11 to use customized WSA. So, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > For Developers and turn on the toggle for Developer Mode

Turn On Developer Mode In Windows 11
Turn On Developer Mode in Windows 11

SEE ALSO:
1. How to Access Developer Mode and Factory Reset your MacBook?
2. How to Enable Developer Mode on Chromebook?


Step 2: Enable Required Windows Features for WSA

After enabling Developer Mode, we also need to enable a couple of optional Windows Features. For doing that, go to RUN, type optionalfeatures and press Enter to launch the Windows Features window.

After that, enable the checkboxes for Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Hypervisor Platform and click OK. These features are mandatory for installing Google Play Store on Windows 11. You may also need to restart your PC after feature installation.

Enable Virtual Machine Platform And Windows Hypervisor Platform
Enable required Windows Features for WSA

NOTE: Please note that if you do not enable these features or disable them after installing WSA, you won’t be able to run Android apps on your Windows 11 PC. They will fail to run with error.

SEE ALSO: How to Enable Hyper-V and Create Virtual Machine in Windows 11?


Step 3: Build Customized WSA with GAPPS on Github

Now that we are ready with the basics, it’s time to create a customized version of Windows Subsystem for Android on Github.

So, go to LSPosed/MagiskOnWSA page on Github and sign in to your Github account. After sign-in, click on Fork to fork the selected MagiskOnWSA repository.

Fork Magiskonwsa Repository On Github
Fork MagiskOnWSA repository on Github

Next, go to the Actions tab. Here, you will have to enable workflows in order to build a custom WSA for your Windows 11 PC. We will use this custom WSA to install Google Play Store on Windows 11 PC. So, click the “I understand my workflows, go ahead and enable them” button to continue.

Go To Actions Tab And Enable Workflows
Go to the Actions tab and enable Workflows

Now, it’s time to run the workflow to create customized WSA for Google Play Store. So, on the Actions tab, select Build WSA from the left and then click Run workflow drop-down.

After that, type pico in the Variant of Gapps box. Finally, click the Run workflow button at the bottom to start the process. Now, wait for the workflow to complete, it may take a few minutes.

Run Workflow With Pico Gapps To Build Wsa - Install Google Play Store on Windows 11
Run workflow with Pico Gapps to build custom WSA

Step 4: Download Custom WSA to Install Google Play Store on Windows 11

After the workflow has completed, click on the Build WSA link under completed workflows.

After Build Is Complete Click Build Wsa Link
After the build is complete, click the Build WSA link

Now, you will see the links for downloading customized WSA files for arm64 and x64 systems. Since we are using an x64 processor, we are going to download the x64 version of WSA. However, make sure to verify your processor version in Settings > System > About before downloading.

Download X64 Wsa Package To Install Google Play Store On Windows 11
Download X64 version of WSA package

INFO: The download size it is showing is around 2.6 GB. However, when you download it, it will only be a 800 MB zip file.


Step 5: Extract and Install Custom WSA on Windows 11

After downloading, you will get a zip file. Right-click on it and select Extract All to extract its content to a new folder.

NOTE: If you already have Windows Subsystem for Android installed, make sure to uninstall it from Settings > Apps > Apps & Features.

After extracting, open the folder and find Install.ps1 file. It is a PowerShell script that automatically installs customized WSA with Google Play Store on your Windows 11 PC.

So, right-click on Install.ps1 file and select Run with PowerShell. You might be prompted for Admin permissions, click Yes when you see UAC prompt.

Right Click And Run Install Ps1 With Powershell to install Google Play Store on Windows 11
Right-click on Install.ps1 and select Run with PowerShell

After that, you may also see a confirmation message in the PowerShell window. Type y or a and press Enter to continue.

Script Running Install Windows Subsystem For Android
Script installing Windows Subsystem for Android

Step 6: Launch Google Play Store from Start in Windows 11

After successful installation, Windows Subsystem for Android window will show up. It will automatically close after some time.

Windows Subsystem For Android Starting - Install Google Play Store in Windows 11
Windows Subsystem for Android Starting

Now, go to Start and search for Play Store. Then launch Google Play Store from search results and sign in with your Google account to install and run Android apps on your Windows 11 PC.

Launch And Sign In To Google Play Store And Install Android Apps
Launch Google Play Store from Start

SEE ALSO: How to Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL-2) in Windows 11?


Step 7: Install Android Apps on Windows 11 via Google Play Store

Now, after you have successfully signed in to your Google account in Play Store, you can install your favorite Android apps. So, open the Play Store and search for your favorite app. In this tutorial, we are installing the Candy Crush Saga Android game.

Search And Install Your Favorite App From Google Play Store
Search and install your favorite Android app from the Play Store

While the app is installing, you will see a notification in the bottom-right corner.

Android App Installation In Progress
Android app installation in Progress

Step 8: Run Android Apps Natively on Windows 11

After the Android app is installed successfully, you can launch it from Play Store by clicking the Play button. However, you can also search for it on Start and launch from there.

Search And Run Candy Crush Android App From Windows 11 Start
Search and Run Candy Crush Android app from Start

Now, you can enjoy your favorite Android apps and games in Windows 11 without any Android Emulators.

Play Candy Crush Android Games In Windows 11
Play Candy Crush in Windows 11

Install Google Play Store and Enjoy Android Apps on Windows 11

Now, you can install and run your favorite Android apps from Play Store on Windows 11. So, now you no longer need BlueStacks or any other android emulator for using Android apps on PC. Go ahead, install and run Android apps directly on Windows 11 using Google Play Store.

Hope you liked this guide. Do share your Play Store and Android experience on Windows 11 with us in the comment section down below.

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