With Windows 11, Microsoft introduced the ability to run Android apps natively for the first time. This is arguably the most exciting feature of the new operating system, allowing users to fully integrate phone applications into the Windows desktop.
However, there are some big caveats to consider. the feature requires an SSD and at least 8 GB of RAM, but Microsoft recommends 16 GB or more for the best experience – many devices running Windows 11 are not compatible. A final version hasn’t even been released yet, with the feature still in testing and only for US users.
But the big thing that counts against it is being limited to Amazon Appstore. Its app selection pales in comparison to the Google Play Store, but what if you could have both?
We have tested and can confirm that the method described in this article allows you to install the Play Store and download applications from it. There is also no malware, which has been included in another workaround.
How to Install the Google Play Store on Windows 11
Before proceeding, it should be noted that this process only works with x86, 64-bit devices. There’s a separate link below for ARM-based devices, but it won’t work on 32-bit hardware.
You will also need to make sure virtualization is enabled first. Head to Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off. Make sure the boxes next to ‘Virtual Machine Platform’ and ‘Windows Subsystem for Linux’ are checked, then click ‘OK’ to confirm.
If you have already installed the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), you will need to uninstall it. Open Settings > Apps > Apps & features and search for it. If nothing appears, it is not installed.
Before continuing, there is one more thing you need to do. In the search bar next to the Start menu, type “Powershell”, then right-click on Windows PowerShell and choose “Run as administrator”. You can close the window immediately, but this ensures that the following steps work properly:
- Head to Settings > Privacy & Security > For Developers
- Under “Developer mode”, click the toggle to enable it, then click “Yes” to confirm
- Go to GitHub and create an account if you haven’t already. You will need to verify your email address
- Then go to the LSPosed / MagiskOnWSA page and click “Fork” in the upper right corner, then click “Fork” to confirm
- In the upper right corner, click on your icon in the upper right corner and choose “Your repositories”
- Click on ‘MagiskonWSA’, then on ‘Actions’ in the tabs at the top
- You will see a warning saying “Workflows are not running on this forked repository”. Click “I understand my workflows, go ahead and enable them” to confirm
- In the left pane, choose “Build WSA”
- Click the “Run Workflow” drop-down menu, then click the green “Run Workflow” button to confirm
- This process will take a few minutes, after which you will see the orange marker turn into a green check mark
- Click on the Build WSA hyperlink
- Scroll down to the “Artifacts” subheading and click on the option that mentions “x64”. But if you are using an ARM-based device such as the Surface Pro X, choose the ‘arm64’ version instead
- The download will start automatically, although the actual files will be smaller than the size listed. When done, locate it in File Explorer and “Extract All” to another location. It will take a few seconds
- In the extracted folder, find the file named “Installer”, then right-click on it and choose “Run with PowerShell”.
- Click “Open” if a security warning appears or “Run” if PowerShell requires permission
- After a few seconds, a message should appear stating “Operation completed successfully”. A few more processes will be completed within the next minute or two, before you get an “All done” message.
Play Store will now be installed as a separate app on Windows 11. Just open it and sign in with your Google account, then you can download any app you like. Some will work better than others, but all can be pinned to the taskbar and are compatible with Windows 11 multitasking features.