By Delia / Last update February 18, 2022

Microsoft has finally launched Windows Subsystem for Android

After months of warm-up and testing, Microsoft has finally launched Windows Subsystem for Android, and now users running Windows 11 Version 21H2 feature update can experience running Android apps and games on their desktops. On the official FAQ site, Microsoft has published the 5 main requirements for running Android apps and games.

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Device requirements for running Android apps on Windows 11

The full list of PCs that support the Android version is not yet available, but your device should be able to run Android apps if it meets the Windows 11 requirements.

Specifically, you'll need a device running Windows 11 21H2 and higher, with at least 8GB of RAM (compared to the 4GB required for Windows 11 itself), and an officially supported processor from Microsoft. In addition, you will need to enable the Virtual Machine Platform feature from the optional features page. Here is the full list of requirements.

  • Memory: 8GB (minimum) and 16GB (recommended).
  • Storage type: Solid State Drive (SSD).
  • Processor: Your device should meet the Windows 11 requirements of Core i3 8th Gen, Ryzen 3000, Snapdragon 8c or above.
  • Processor type: x64 or ARM64.
  • Virtual Machine Platform: This optional setting is for virtualization and you need to enable this setting from the control panel.

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Also, if you want to download and run 1000+ Android apps from Amazon Appstore, make sure the device's region is set to US and use English.

If you meet the above requirements, you can download and install the latest optional update for Windows 11 (KB5010414), which includes a public preview of the Android app. For those in the US, they can access over 1,000 Amazon Appstore items on Windows 11, including popular apps and even games. This includes Audible, Kindle, Subway Surfers, and more.