How to run Android apps on Windows 11

Microsoft has officially announced that it will be ending support for Android apps on Windows 11, but you don't have to let that deter you. If you have been using the official method and installing the Android app from the Amazon App Store, you can continue to do so until March 5, 2025. However, you can also prepare for the future by switching to an Android emulator now. There are many good Android emulators for Windows 11 now, and you can use any of them to run Android apps on your PC. Today, Android emulators are more resource-efficient than ever before, and most should run well even on relatively low-end PCs.

blue stack

Bluestacks by has been around for a long time and has improved a lot over the years. This emulator lets you download and install apps from Google Play, which is a big plus, and many of its best features are gaming-centric. So, if you want to play your favorite Android games using keyboard and mouse, Bluestacks is a great option that allows you to create macros and scripts to map your favorite actions to keyboard shortcuts, saving you time in gaming.

Additionally, it lets you quickly change device profiles to run device-specific applications. Some games, like PUBG Mobile, are best run in the developer's own emulator, but most other apps and games will run fine on Bluestacks.

Bliss operating system

If you don't want to install an Android emulator on your PC, you can try Bliss OS - it has an option that lets you boot it from a pen drive. If you wish, you can also install and use it for free on your PC. The freedom and stability of the installation options are the highlights of this emulator.

game loop

Chinese tech giant Tencent owns GameLoop, and as the name suggests, its focus is on games. Since Tencent releases PUBG Mobile and many other mobile games, GameLoop's focus is to give you the best experience while playing these games. It also has an anti-cheat system, which is very useful if you want to avoid hackers in the game.

night god player

NoxPlayer is also mainly aimed at those who want to play games, if you have problems using Bluestacks or GameLoop, give NoxPlayer a try. It has the features you need for gaming - keyboard and mouse support, recording macros, and the ability to run multiple games simultaneously.

You can try the Windows 11 way of running Android apps (take this opportunity)

If the emulator does not meet your needs, then you can try using the official Windows method to install Android apps until it works properly. Note that this method will stop working after March 5, 2025, so take advantage of it while it's working. To do this, you must install Windows Subsystem For Android from the Windows Store. Once completed, you can follow our guide to install Android Device Bridge (ADB) on Windows 11 PC. Once completed, you should install MicroG, an open source application that allows you to run Android applications that require Google Play Services. Once these prerequisites are met, we can sideload these applications. It may seem complicated at first, but once you understand the process, it can be done quickly.

  1. First, open Windows Subsystem for Android from the All Apps section of the Windows 11 Start menu.

  2. In the Windows Subsystem for Android settings window, find and turn on developer mode.

  3. Open the File window at the top of the Settings menu to open Android on PC.

  4. Back in the Settings menu, scroll down and click Refresh next to the IP Address option (just below the Developer Mode switch). Once the IP address appears, click Copy .

  5. Next, open Windows Terminal as administrator. Go to Start menu > All Apps . Hover your mouse cursor over Windows Terminal and select More > Run as administrator.

  6. In a Windows Terminal window, type the command adb connect (IP address) using the IP address from steps 4 and 5. It should look like adb connect 1234.5.6.7

  7. Press Enter to run the command. If everything is fine, you should see connected to [IP address] . We can now sideload APK files saved on our computer to run on the Windows subsystem of Android.

  8. Return to the Windows terminal window and type the command adb install This is followed by the folder path and file name (in quotes). For example, the full command might look like adb install C:com.whatsapp_2.21.21.15-212115005_minAPI16(x86_64)(nodpi)

  9. If everything is correct, you will see "Performing streaming installation" in the Windows Terminal once the installation starts and "Success" when the installation is complete.

That's it. The application is now installed on your computer. Like other Android apps, you can run sideloaded apps from the Windows 11 Start menu. They will be listed under "All Apps". Double-click to run the application and it will open in its own application window.