As we told you a few days ago, users enrolled in the Windows Insider program can finally try out the Andoroid apps on Widows 11 . Microsoft relies on the Amazon Appstore for the installation of apps, but as we have told you it is already possible without too many problems to directly load the APK files via sideload. As you may have already guessed, the Google Play Store is not available on Windows 11 and perhaps it never will be, at least officially, but we are sure that it cannot be installed?
After all, we have seen it in the past with smartphones, from Xiaomi first and then from Huawei: installing the Play Store on devices that, by default, do not support Google services, it is in fact possible. This time too it went like this: it took just a few days for the ADeltaX developer to make the Google Play Store available on Windows 11 . In this short guide we will explain how to install it on your PC, but know that it is not a simple procedure or for novice users.
How to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11
Let’s start by saying that, by following this guide, you will be able to install any Android app on your PC with Windows 11. This is because thanks to the work of ADeltaX we will not only install the Play Store, but also the Google services , essential for the functioning of some app.
The script developed by ADeltaX is available on GitHub , where you will also find various information related to the project. We advise you to keep an eye on this page, as this is an ever-evolving project and the installation instructions may change at any time. Now let’s see what are the steps to follow to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11 .
1- Go to this site , enter the following link: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9P3395VX91NR, select “slow” from the drop-down menu on the right and press the checkbox.
2- From the list that appears, click on the link with the msixbundle extension to start the download. Alternatively, you can download the file directly from this Google Drive mirror created by your Windows Latest colleagues .
3- Install the Linux subsystem for Windows (WSL2). The Ubuntu distribution is used in the guide, but any distro should be fine. If you don’t know how to install the Linux subsystem on Windows 11, we refer you to our dedicated guide .
4- Install unzip lzip in WSL with the following commands:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unzip lzip
5- Download the GApps from opengapps.org , creating a package with these characteristics:
- Architecture: X86_64;
- Android: 11;
- Variant: Pico.
6- Extract the msixbundle file downloaded previously with a program like 7Zip. Find the msix file within your architecture and extract it, then delete the appxblockmap, appxsignature, [content_types] files and the appxmetadata folder.
7- Clone the GitHub repository and populate it. If you have Ubuntu WSL installed, use these commands:
git clone https://github.com/ADeltaX/WSAGAScript
cd WSAGAScript / \ # IMAGES
The path in WSL is the same in Windows after / mnt /, for example / mnt / c / users is the c: \ users folder , but check if the drive letter is correct.
8- Modify the scripts, making them executable with these commands:
sudo chmod + x extract_gapps_pico.sh
sudo chmod + x extend_and_mount_images.sh
sudo chmod + x apply.sh
sudo chmod + x unmount_images.sh
9- Change the root directory of VARIABLES.sh:
- Run the pwd command and note the output;
- Run the nano VARIABLES.sh command and replace the root variable with the output of the pwd command , up to the WSAGAScript folder (included).
10- Run the scripts with these commands:
11- Copy the WSA images modified with these commands:
cd \ #IMAGES
cp * .img / mnt / path-to-extracted-msix /
12- Register the edited images as follows:
- Enable developer mode in Windows settings;
- Uninstall any version of WSA (Windows Subsystem for Android) installed;
- Open Powershell as administrator and run the command:
Add-AppxPackage -Register path-to-extracted-msix \ AppxManifest.xml
At this point, if you have followed all the steps correctly, the Android subsystem will install with the Gapps downloaded previously and you will have the Google Play Store on Windows 11 . You will be able to log in with your Google account and download all your favorite apps, which should work without problems thanks to the presence of Google services.