Microsoft has added Android apps support in the latest Windows 11 optional update: Windows 11 KB5010414. If you want to use Android apps on your Windows 11 device, you need to install this update. Meanwhile, your device should also meet the requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11 that MiniTool Software introduces in this post.
The Android Apps Support Feature Is Added in Windows 11 KB KB5010414
Last year, when Microsoft just announced the news of Windows 11, it was revealed that Android apps would be available on this new version of Windows. However, at the time of the official release of Windows 11, users were informed that this new feature was delayed.
At that time, users didn’t know when Windows Subsystem for Android would be released to the public and how. There were two guesses:
- The feature might be added in an optional update to Windows 11 21H2.
- Microsoft may add Android apps support in the next big Windows 11 feature update (that is Windows 11 22H2).
Now the mystery is revealed. On February 5th, 2022, Microsoft releases a new optional update for Windows 11. It is Windows 11 KB5010414. In this update, Android apps are available in the Microsoft Store. So, if you want to download, install, and use Android apps on your Windows 11 computer, you need to install this update on your device.
The Requirements to Run Android Apps on Windows 11
It is worth noting that Microsoft also issues the basic requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11. That is to say, owning a computer that is running Windows 11 doesn’t mean that you can use Android apps on your device. The computer also needs to meet the following basic requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11:
- RAM: 8 GB (minimum) and 16 GB (recommended).
- Storage type: Solid State Drive (SSD).
- Processor: Your PC should meet the basic Windows 11 requirements i.e 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 can enable the setting from Control Panel.
- Account: You need to have an Amazon account because the download services are powered by the Amazon Appstore.
Now, you can find 1000+ Android apps in the Microsoft Store. Such apps include Audible, Kindle, Subway Surfers, TikTok, and more.
As we have mentioned above, you can find the Android apps from the Microsoft Store, but you are downloading them from the Amazon Appstore. Don't be too surprised when you know this.
Android apps on Windows 11 require an SSD and at least 8GB of RAM. This means that you may need to pay more for Android apps support. You need to buy a computer that is using an SSD for the storage device.
Here are two related articles about how to use Android apps on your Windows 11 device:
- How to Use Android Apps on Win11? | Get Started with Android Apps
- How to Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11 via APK File?
Hardware and System Requirements for Windows 11
In this part, let’s recall the basic hardware and system requirement for running Windows 11 on your device.
If you want to install or upgrade to Windows 11, your PC should meet the following requirements:
- Processor: 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC).
- RAM: 4 GB.
- Storage: 64 GB or larger.
- System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable.
- TPM: TPM version 2.0 is enabled.
- Graphics Card: Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver.
- Display: HD 720p display that is greater than 9” diagonally, 8 bits per color channel.
You can use PC Health Check to quickly check if your device meets the above requirements.
Some Useful MiniTool Software You Should Install on PC
To protect your files on your computer, you can install MiniTool ShadowMaker. This is a professional Windows backup software. You can use it to back up your files, folders, partitions, disks, and systems.
If your vital files are lost or deleted but there is no available backup, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a free file recovery tool, to get them back.
If you want to manage your computer hard drive, you can try MiniTool Partition Wizard. This is a free and dedicated partition manager, which can help you migrate OS to another drive, create/delete partitions, wipe partitions, recover partitions, and do other powerful things.
Besides, some other tools are worth trying. For example,
- If you need to edit a video, you can try MiniTool MovieMaker.
- If you want to convert the format of a video, you can use MiniTool Video Converter.
- If you want to download a YouTube video for personal use, you can use MiniTool uTube Downloader.
You can go to MiniTool’s official site to learn more information.
From this post, you know the requirements to run Android apps on Windows 11. This can help you make full use of this new feature. Should you have any other related issues, you can let us know in the comments.
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