One of the most notable features in Windows 11 is the ability to natively run Android apps, this was previously only possible using third-party software and you’ve never been able to fully integrate phone apps within the Windows desktop before.
The new OS only natively supports Amazon’s Appstore for Android apps embedded inside the Microsoft Store, not Google Play Store. Amazon App Store is fine, but it has a much more limited selection of apps. While sideloading is a possible option, the missing of Google Play Services means many apps that rely on them will not work.
Despite not being officially supported, there is still a way to install the Play Store and run apps from it. The method has changed a couple of times since Windows 11 first launched, but we’ve tested and confirmed this version is working. Without further ado, let’s begin with it.
To install the google play store on Windows 11, here’s a step-by-step guide.
Step 1: Enable Developer Mode
- Open Settings.
- Select the Privacy and Security tab in the left pane.
- Click on For Developers.
- Set Developer Mode to On.
- Click Yes to enable it.
Step 2: Enable Virtual Machine
- Open the Search Bar.
- Type Windows Features and then click on Turn Windows features on or off from the search results.
- In the Windows Features window, select Virtual Machine Platform, Windows Hypervisor Platform and Windows Subsystem For Linux.
- Click OK to install the selected features.
- Restart your PC to apply the changes.
Step 3: Download Windows Subsystem for Android
- Visit this Google Drive Link to download the file. (The file size is about 700 megabytes)
- Click on Start Download.
Step 4: Install Google Play Store on Windows 11
- Right-click on the Downloaded Zip Folder and select Extract. Choose a location and extract the content.
- Open the folder.
- Scroll down and search for SETUPx60.
- Right-click on the file, and select Run as administrator.
- Wait for the necessary file to be installed.
- Open the Search Bar and search for Windows Subsystem for Android, then run it.
- Set Developer Mode to On again.
- Click on the Manage Developer Settings located under the Developer Mode.
- Click on Continue.
- Click on Allow Access.
After doing all of these, we have finished installing the Google Play Store on Windows 11.