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How to run Google Play Store Android apps on Windows 11

On Windows 11, you can now install the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) to run Android apps. The problem is that officially, you can only install apps available from the custom version of the Amazon Appstore, which currently only has around 50 apps.
You can sideload Android apps on Windows 11, but it’s not possible to use apps that require the Google Play Services, such as Gmail and Google Maps. However, an Italian UX design student (ADeltaX on Twitter) has found a way to make it possible to install the Google Play Store app to bring virtually every Android app to Windows 11.
It’s a tedious process, and it may not work on the first try, but once you get it working, you can install all your favorite Android apps.
In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to create a custom version of the Windows Subsystem for Android to install and run Android apps from the Google Play Store.
Disclaimer: Trying to install the Google Play Services may violate the Play Services Agreement. Also, these instructions involve downloading third-party tools and using unsupported methods. Use this guide at your own risk.
The Google Play Store’s installation process on Windows 11 requires the setup of various tools running several Linux, Command Prompt, and PowerShell commands. The instructions below have everything you need to complete this task. If something isn’t working correctly, you probably did something wrong. If this is the case, start over with the instructions until it works.
The preparation process includes removing any previous installation of the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) from your device and installing the Windows Subsystem for Android and Ubuntu. It’s also a requirement to enable Developer mode on Windows 11 and install a tool like 7-zip to extract files. Furthermore, you have to download a copy of the original Windows Subsystem for Android, OpenGApps, the WSAGAScript scripts, and the ADBKit tools.
Since you cannot run both the original and custom versions of WSA, you will need to remove the original if it’s installed on your computer. Otherwise, continue the WSL2 installation.
To uninstall the original WSA, use these steps:
Click the Uninstall button.
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Once you complete the steps, you can continue with the Linux subsystem installation.
You will need a Linux distribution to complete this setup. If you don’t have the Windows Subsystem for Linux already installed on your computer, then continue with the steps below. Otherwise, continue with the steps to eanble the Developer mode on Windows 11.
To install WSL alongside the Ubuntu distro, use these steps:
Type the following command to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux and Ubuntu and press Enter:
wsl --install
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After you complete the steps, the Linux subsystem will install with the Ubuntu distro.
The next step is to make sure that Developer mode is enabled on Windows 11:
Turn on the Developer mode toggle switch.
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Once you complete the steps, you can sideload applications on Windows 11.
Since you will need to retrieve files from different containers, you will need an application like 7-zip. If you already have it, you can skip these steps.
To install 7-zip from the Microsoft Store, use these steps:
Click the Get button.
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After you complete the steps, the file manager application will install on Windows 11.
The process to run Android apps from the Google Play Store requires creating a custom version of the Windows Subsystem for Android, which means that you will need to download the package to modify it.
To download the Windows Subsystem for Android package, use these steps:
Select the Slow option.
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Scroll down and click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle link to download the Windows Subsystem for Android package.
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Quick note: If the browser refuses to download the file, select the Keep option from the download menu.
Once you complete the steps, there are other components you will need to download to continue with the process, including the OpenGApps tools and the custom WSAScript scripts.
To download the OpenGAapps tools, use these steps:
Select the pico option for the variant.
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After you complete the steps, you need to download the WSAGAScript package.
To download the WSAGAScript scripts, use these steps:
Click the Code menu and select the Download ZIP option.
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Once you complete the steps, the scripts package will download on the computer.
At the end of the process, you will need to use the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) tools to make the Google Play Store usable.
To download the ADB toolkit, use these steps:
After you complete the steps, the zip will download onto your device.
Also, you will need to create three folders in the “C” drive to extract all the packages you downloaded earlier.
To set up the folder structure to create a custom version of WSA, use these steps:
Click the New menu and select the Folder option.
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Once you complete the steps, the setup folders will be created.
Since the original version of WSA doesn’t allow the Google Play Store, you will need to create a custom version. The process involves extracting and modifying files from the original version of the Windows Subsystem for Android.
To extract the files of the original WSA package to the WindowsSubsystemAndroid folder, use these steps:
Double-click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle file.
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Double-click the WsaPackage_1.7.32815.0_x64_Release-Nightly.msix file.
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In the “Copy to” field, specify the following path, and click the OK button:
C:WindowsSubsystemAndroid
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Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter:
C:WindowsSubsystemAndroid
Select the following files while holding the Ctrl key:
Click the Delete button.
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After you complete the steps, the files necessary to continue with the process will be available in the WindowsSubsystemAndroid folder.
To extract the WSAGAscripts to modify the original Windows Subsystem for Android package, use the steps:
In the “Copy to” field, specify the following path and click the OK button:
C:GAppsWSA
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Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter:
C:GAppsWSA#GAPPS
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Once you complete the steps, the GAppsWSA folder will include all the files to continue with the process.
To extract the contents of the ADBKit zip folder, use these steps:
In the “Copy to” field, specify the following path, and click the OK button:
C:ADBKit
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You will be these tools at the end of this guide to fix access to the Google Play Store.
Before proceeding, you will need to copy four essential files from the WindowsSubsystemAndroid folder to the #IMAGES folder using these steps:
Browse to the following path:
C:WindowsSubsystemAndroid
Select these four files while holding the Ctrl key:
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Browse to the following path:
C:GAppsWSA#IMAGES
Click the Paste button from the command bar.
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After you complete the steps, you will need to use a Linux distro to create a custom version of the Windows Subsystem for Android.
To modify WSA to allow the Google Play Store, use these steps:
Type the following command and press Enter:
sudo su
Type the following command to change location to the GAppsWSA directory and press Enter:
cd /mnt/c/GAppsWSA
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Type the following command to update the system and press Enter:
sudo apt-get update
Type the following command to install the lzip unzip tool and press Enter:
sudo apt-get install unzip lzip
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Type the following command to install the dos2unix tool and press Enter:
sudo apt-get install dos2unix
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Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
dos2unix ./apply.sh
Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
dos2unix ./extend_and_mount_images.sh
Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
dos2unix ./extract_gapps_pico.sh
Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
dos2unix ./unmount_images.sh
Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
dos2unix ./VARIABLES.sh
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Type the following command to execute the first step and press Enter:
./extract_gapps_pico.sh
Type the following command to execute the second step and press Enter:
./extend_and_mount_images.sh
Type the following command to execute the third step and press Enter:
./apply.sh
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Type the following command to execute the fourth step and press Enter:
./unmount_images.sh
Browse to the following path:
C:GAppsWSA#IMAGES
Select these four files while holding the Ctrl key:
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Browse to the following path:
C:WindowsSubsystemAndroid
Click the Replace the files in the destination option.
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Browse to the following path:
C:GAppsWSAmisc
Select the kernel file.
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Browse to the following path:
C:WindowsSubsystemAndroidTools
Click the Paste button from the command bar to paste the new kernel file.
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Once you complete the steps, the custom version of WSA is ready to be installed on Windows 11.
To install the Windows Subsystem for Android with PowerShell, use these steps:
Type the following command to install the custom WSA package and press Enter:
Add-AppxPackage -Register C:WindowsSubsystemAndroidAppxManifest.xml
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After you complete the steps, the Windows Subsystem for Android and Google Play Store will install on Windows 11. However, the Google Play Store won’t work until you do some modifications with the steps below.
To set up the Play Store correctly to download Android apps on Windows 11, use these steps:
Turn on the Developer mode toggle switch.
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Clear the Share my diagnostic data option.
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Type the following command to change location to the ADBKit folder and press Enter:
cd C:adbkit
Type the following command to connect to the Windows Subsystem for Android and press Enter:
adb.exe connect 127.0.0.1:58526
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Type the following command to open the shell and press Enter:
adb.exe shell
Type the following to gain root access and press Enter:
su
Type the following command to make the Google Play Store work and press Enter:
setenforce 0
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Click the Sign in button.
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Once you complete the steps, you can now start downloading and installing Android apps from the Google Play Store.
To install and run Play Store Android apps on Windows 11, use these steps:
Click the Install button.
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Click the Open button.
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After you complete the steps, you can repeat the above instructions to install virtually any app from the Google Play Store on Windows 11.
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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he’s a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

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