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The Easy Way to Get The Google Play Store Working on Windows 11 [Android 12.1]

Full steps to get Google Play Services and the Google Play Store working on the Windows Subsystem for Android [Updated to Android 12L]

The Easy Way to Get The Google Play Store Working on Windows 11 [Android 12.1]

Windows Subsystem for Android™️ enables your Windows 11 device to run Android applications that are available in the Amazon Appstore.

By enabling the Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11, you are enabling your Windows device to run Android apps. Android applications are downloaded from the Amazon Appstore on your Android device.

Microsoft released the Windows Subsystem for Android to Windows Insiders on the Beta build of Windows 11 earlier this week, it didn't take long for developers to tinker with the build of Android.

John Wu, the creator of Magisk successfully achieved root on the Windows Subsystem for Android.

Until today, it was impossible to launch the Google Play Store and sign in to your Google account successfully or use apps that depended on Google Play Services.

A clever student by the name of ADeltaX from Italy, managed to successfully install the Google Play Store and sign in to his Google account, this means that he's able to use any apps that needed Google Play Services.

It's now possible to use Google's Android apps such as Google Keep or Google Home on Windows 11.

The easy way to get the Google Play Store on Windows 11

This method is a shortcut of ADeltaX's instructions, if you prefer you can follow the full instructions from the Github repo.

  • Make sure virtualization is enabled first, go to Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off. Make sure the boxes next to ‘Virtual Machine Platform’ are ticked, then click ‘OK’ to confirm.

  • Uninstall Windows Subsystem for Android if it's already installed.

  • Enable Developer options in Windows 11.

Windows 11 Developer Options

  • Download the already-patched MSIX package from below:

Updated Windows Subsystem for Android 12L/12.1(2204.40000.15.0)

I have condensed the instructions to make it a lot quicker and easier for you to install the Windows Subsystem for Android.

Microsoft bumped the new version of Windows Subsystem for Android up to 2204.40000.15.0, this includes a major update to the Android version which includes many new features.

  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated to Android 12.1
  • Advanced networking on by default for newer x64 Windows builds
  • Updated Windows Subsystem for Android Settings app: redesigned UX and diagnostics data viewer added
  • Simpleperf CPU profiler recording now works with Windows Subsystem for Android
  • Windows taskbar now shows which Android apps are using microphone and location
  • Improvements to Android app notifications appearing as Windows notifications
  • Reduced flicker when apps are restored from minimized state
  • Apps are not restarted when devices come out of connected standby on recent Windows builds
  • New video hardware decoding (VP8 and VP9)
  • Fixes for on-screen keyboard in apps
  • Fixes for full screen Android apps and auto-hidden Windows taskbar
  • Windows Subsystem for Android updated with Chromium WebView 100
  • Added support for Android NetworkLocationProvider in addition to GpsLocationProvider
  • Improved general stability, performance, and reliability

Test out the build and let us know in the comments if Android apps are more stable for you.


Thanks to a new method from LSPosed, we now have WSA with built-in Magisk support.

Xposed is a framework for modules that can change the behavior of the system and apps without touching any APKs. That's great because it means that modules can work for different versions and even ROMs without any changes (as long as the original code was not changed too much). It's also easy to undo.
As all changes are done in the memory, you just need to deactivate the module and reboot to get your original system back. There are many other advantages, but here is just one more: Multiple modules can do changes to the same part of the system or app. With modified APKs, you to decide for one. No way to combine them, unless the author builds multiple APKs with different combinations.


Download the patched, already-rooted WSA packages or the non-root WSA packages

Downloads

VersionRootArchDownloads
WSA 2204.40000.15.0Nx64
WSA 2204.40000.15.0NARM64
WSA 2203.40000.1.0Nx64
WSA 2203.40000.1.0NARM64
WSA 2203.40000.1.0Yx64
WSA 2203.40000.1.0YARM64
WSA 1.8.32837Nx64
WSA 1.8.32837NARM64
WSA 1.8.32836Yx64
WSA 1.8.32836YARM64
  • Extract the Zip file (ideally to your C: Drive).

  • Search for Powershell in the start menu

  • Run Powershell as Administrator

Powershell Run as Admin

  • Run cd C:\WSA-GApps-stock_1.8.32837.0_x64_Release-Nightly. for the 64-bit WSA or cd C:\WSA-GApps-stock_1.8.32837.0_arm64_Release-Nightly for the ARM64 WSA

  • Run Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass and type A when prompted.

Run Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass

  • Run .\Install.ps1 this will automatically enable virtualization if you haven't done so already and install the Windows Subsystem for Android and install the Google Play Store alongside the Magisk app.

  • The WSA app should now be installing in the background. If you get an error, please ensure all of the steps have been followed correctly.

WSA Logo

  • Launch the Windows Subsystem for Android.

Windows 11 WSA Files button

You'll need the Magisk app once you've installed one of the packages below.

  • You should now be able to login to the Google Play Store with your Google Account.

Big thanks to ADeltaX and LSPosed for making this possible!

We can now enjoy the full suite of Google Play Apps on our Windows 11 machines.

Windows 11 Google Play Apps


Upgrading WSA to the new version without wiping your data

  • Download the new version of the WSA package(64-bit or ARM64) and extract it to your C: Drive.

  • Search for Powershell in the start menu

  • Run Powershell as Administrator

Powershell Run as Admin

  • Run cd C:\WSA-with-magisk-GApps-stock_1.8.32828.0_x64_Release-Nightly for the 64-bit WSA or cd C:\WSA-with-magisk-GApps-stock_1.8.32828.0_arm64_Release-Nightly for the ARM64 WSA

  • Run Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass and type A when prompted.

Run Set-ExecutionPolicy -Scope Process -ExecutionPolicy Bypass

  • Run .\Install.ps1 to install the WSA, this will automatically update your WSA whilst preserving your user data and install the Google Play Store alongside the Magisk app.

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