Your PC can now run your smartphone apps, courtesy of Windows!

Windows 11 is finally rolling out support for Android apps to run in your PC, as natively as they would do in a smartphone! Just a click and you can run any app like any Windows app! Let’s dive right into this!

This new feature is called Windows Subsystem for Android, and uses some form of emulation which allows you to run native Android apps directly from the desktop in a virtualized environment. These apps will have graphics support, audio, and even network access, allowing you to play multiplayer games online.

Microsoft has partnered with Amazon Appstore to bring this feature, and as of now it only features 50 apps for you to try out from the store, but you can install almost anything you want via a trick! ( wink wink adb )

To use ADB, first you need to install this package, and it is currently only available to Beta channel users. Stable Windows 11 users can also install it via the msix package but we won’t cover that today. Assuming that you have the thing set up and ready, all you need to do is to enable the ADB debugging option and use adb connect to connect to the IP as shown by Windows.

Next, you can just use adb install apkname cmd to install whichever app you want! And that’s it, you will see the apps in your Start Menu just like any other app, and they will work flawlessly out of the box!

There is a drawback to this as is with all things, and it is that you require at least 8GB of RAM to make this feature work properly. Also, the CPU usage is quite significant, so make sure you don’t do any heavy work while running Android apps as it might hamper your experience.

As for now, the only use case we can think of for the Windows Subsystem for Android is using it to play Android games that would otherwise lag on low-end phones, because even the cheapest of desktop CPUs are faster than the fastest Mobile CPUs.

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