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Microsoft is making the Windows Subsystem for Android available in preview along with Amazon’s Appstore. Unfortunately, Amazon’s Appstore only currently is featuring a small collection of apps and games than what is generally available in its regular Android App Store during this preview period. Well, we hate artificial limitations and weather you want the fully stocked Amazon Appstore or the Google Play Store we got you covered. In this guide we will show you how to install the Google Play Store with and the plethora of apps available within its storefront.

How to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11

Uninstall original WSA

  • First you will need to remove any previous installations of the Windows subsystem for Android (WSA) from your PC since you cannot run the original WSA and this new custom WSA
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  1. Navigate to and Open Settings
  2. Select Apps
  3. Select Apps & features
  4. Select the Amazon Appstore
  5. Select the Menu (three dots) in the right-hand corner and navigate to and Select Uninstall
  6. Then Select Uninstall again

Install the custom WSL2 app

  1. Select Start
  2. Navigate to and right click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator
  3. Type the following command into Command Prompt to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux, then press Enter:
    • wsl –install
  4. Restart your PC to apply the changes
  5. Follow with the prompts to set up the Ubuntu distro

Once these steps are completed the Ubunut distro will be installed.

Enable Developer Mode

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy & security.
  3. Select the For developers option
  4. Enable Developer mode by selecting the toggle

Once these steps are complete, you will be able to sideload apps on Windows 11.

Install 8-zip

  1. Download and install 8-zip from the Microsoft Store
  2. Select the Get button and the 8-zip app will install

Download and install WSA

  1. Visit rg.adguard website
  2. Select Productid option from the dropdown menu on the left
  3. Copy and paste the product ID: 9P3395VX91NR
  4. Select Slow from the drop-down menu on the right
  5. Select the Check mark button
  6. Scroll down the list and click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle link to download the Windows Subsystem for Android package
  7. If a warning comes pops up from your browser, select to the Keep option from the download menu
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Download and Install OpenGApps

If your PC is powered by Intel or AMD processor then select the x86_64 option, if your PC is powered by an ARM chip then select ARM64 option

  1. Open the OpenGApps website
  2. Select the either the x86_64 or ARM64 option from the platform selector
  3. Select the 11 option for the Android version
  4. Select the pico option for the variant.
  5. Click the Download button to save the file to your PC

Download and install WSAGAScript

  1. Open the WSAGAScript GitHub page
  2. Select the Code menu
  3. Select the Download ZIP option to save the file to your PC

Download ADB toolkit

  1. Open the MediaFire download page
  2. Click the Download button
  3. Save the file to your PC

Create your setup folders

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Select This PC from the navigation pane
  3. Open the Local Disk (C drive)
  4. Click the New option in the menu, then select the Folder
  5. Name the folder WindowsSubsystemAndroid and press Enter.
  6. Click the New menu and select the Folder option.
  7. Name the folder GAppsWSA and press Enter.
  8. Click the New menu and select the Folder option.
  9. Name the folder ADBKit and press Enter.

Create a custom version of the Windows Subsystem for Android

  1. Open Start
  2. Open the 8-zip app
  3. Browse to the folder where you downloaded the Msixbundle file
  4. Double-click the MicrosoftCorporationII.WindowsSubsystemForAndroid_1.7.32815.0_neutral_~_8wekyb3d8bbwe.msixbundle file
  5. Double-click the WsaPackage_1.7.32815.0_x64_Release-Nightly.msix file at the end of the file list or if your PC is powered by an ARM processor Double-click the WsaPackage_1.7.32815.0_ARM64_Release-Nightly.msix file
  6. Select all the files (Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut)
  7. Click the Extract button
  8. In the “Copy to” field, specify the following path, and click the OK button:
    • C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid\
  9. Type the following path in the address bar and press Enter:
    • C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid\
  10. Select the following files while holding the Ctrl key:
    • AppxMetadata
    • AppxBlockMap.xml
    • AppxSignature.p7x
    • Content_Type.xml
  11. Click the Delete button

Set up the GAppsWSA contents

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for 7-zip File Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Browse to the folder where you downloaded the WSAGAScript-main.zip file.
  4. Open the WSAGAScript-main folder.
  5. Select all the files (Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut).
  6. Click the Extract button.
  7. In the “Copy to” field, specify the following path and click the OK button:
    • C:\GAppsWSA\

Set up the ADBkit folder

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for 7-zip File Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Browse to the folder where you downloaded the ADBKit.zip file.
  4. Select all the files (Ctrl + A keyboard shortcut).
  5. Click the Extract button.
  6. In the “Copy to” field, specify the following path, and click the OK button:
    • C:\ADBKit\

Copy images files

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Browse to the following path:
    • C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid\
  3. Select these four files while holding the Ctrl key:
    • vendor.img
    • system_ext.img
    • system.img
    • product.img
  4. Click the Copy button from the command bar
  5. Browse to the following path:
    • C:\GAppsWSA\#IMAGES
  6. Click the Paste button from the command bar

Modify the Windows Subsystem for Android

  1. Open Start
  2. Search for Ubuntu, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option
  3. Type the following command and press Enter:
    • sudo su
  4. Type the following command to change location to the GAppsWSA directory and press Enter:
    • cd /mnt/c/GAppsWSA
  5. Type the following command to update the system and press Enter:
    • sudo apt-get update
  6. Type the following command to install the lzip unzip tool and press Enter:
    • sudo apt-get install unzip lzip
  7. Type the following command to install the dos2unix tool and press Enter:
    • sudo apt-get install dos2unix
  8. Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
    • dos2unix ./apply.sh
  9. Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
    • dos2unix ./extend_and_mount_images.sh
  10. Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
    • dos2unix ./extract_gapps_pico.sh
  11. Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
    • dos2unix ./unmount_images.sh
  12. Type the following command to convert the script to Unix format and press Enter:
    • dos2unix ./VARIABLES.sh
  13. Type the following command to execute the first step and press Enter:
    • ./extract_gapps_pico.sh
  14. Type the following command to execute the second step and press Enter:
    • ./extend_and_mount_images.sh
  15. Type the following command to execute the third step and press Enter:
    • ./apply.sh
  16. Type the following command to execute the fourth step and press Enter:
    • ./unmount_images.sh
  17. Open File Explorer
  18. Browse to the following path
    • C:\GAppsWSA\#IMAGES
  19. Select these four files while holding the Ctrl key:
    • vendor.img
    • system_ext.img
    • system.img
    • product.img
  20. Click the Copy button from the command bar
  21. Browse to the following path:
    • C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid
  22. Click the Paste button from the command bar
  23. Click the Replace the files in the destination option
  24. Browse to the following path:
    • C:\GAppsWSA\misc
  25. Select the kernel file
  26. Click the Copy button from the command bar
  27. Browse to the following path:
    • C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid\Tools
  28. Select the kernel file
  29. Click the Rename button from the command bar
  30. Change the name to kernel_bak and press Enter
  31. Click the Paste button from the command bar to paste the new kernel file

Install custom version of WSA on Windows 11

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to install the custom WSA package and press Enter:
    • Add-AppxPackage -Register C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid\AppxManifest.xml

Set up the Google Play Store on WSA

  1. Open Start
  2. Search for Windows Subsystem for Android and click the top result to open the app
  3. Turn on the Developer mode toggle switch
  4. Click the Manage developer settings option to spin the WSA virtual machine
  5. Select the Share my diagnostic data option to disable it
  6. Click the Continue button
  7. Click the Close button
  8. Open Start
  9. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option
  10. Type the following command to change location to the ADBKit folder and press Enter:
    • cd C:\adbkit
  11. Type the following command to connect to the Windows Subsystem for Android and press Enter:
    • adb.exe connect 127.0.0.1:58526
  12. Type the following command to open the shell and press Enter:
    • adb.exe shell
  13. Type the following to gain root access and press Enter:
    • su
  14. Type the following command to make the Google Play Store work and press Enter:
    • setenforce 0
  15. Open Start
  16. Search for Play Store and click the top result to open the app
  17. Click the Sign in button
  18. Sign in with your Google credentials
  19. Click the Agree button to agree to the terms

Install Android apps from the Google Play Store

  1. Open Start
  2. Search for Play Store and click the top result to open the app
  3. Search for an app – for example, Gmail
  4. Click the Install button
  5. Click the Continue button
  6. Click the Skip button
  7. Click the Open button
  8. Continue with the on-screen directions to set up and use the app

What Apps and Games are you most excited to install of your Windows 11 PC? Let us know in the comments below.

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