Windows 11 is here, but its great novelty (native compatibility with Android apps) leaves much to be desired. It only allows you to install apps from the Amazon Appstore and does not give you the option to use the Google Play Store. And this has a reason: Windows 11 is not certified or supported by Google, that are necessary to be able to use this store and several of the apps of the great G.
Fortunately, the developer ADeltaX from XDA has discovered a method to install google services on windows 11 and get google play store working. We tested it, and the truth is that it works perfectly. The process requires many steps, but they are not very difficult. In addition, the result is worth it. So let’s see how to do this.
How to install Google Play Store on Windows 11 PC
To install the Google Play Store on Windows 11 you will first need to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux and for Android. Then, you will have to patch the latter to be compatible with Google services. Thus, at the end of the procedure it will be possible to install the Play Store in Windows 11 without problems. Yes, this all sounds very complicated, but by following the steps below there is no way you can’t do it.
Install Windows Subsystem for Linux
How to install Windows Subsystem for Linux
Open the Windows Features window:
- To do this, press the Windows + R keys.
- Then type “optionalfeatures” and hit Enter.
- Alternatively, you can tap on the Windows 11 magnifying glass and look for the “Turn Windows features on or off” option to access this same window.
- In this window, select the options virtual machine platform and Windows Subsystem for Linux.
- Click on To accept and wait for Windows to automatically download the necessary files.
- When the installation of the files is complete, restart your pc.
- Finally, install the latest version of Ubuntu LTS from the Microsoft Store.
Install Windows Subsystem for Android
How to install the Windows Subsystem for Android
- Now, it’s time to install the Windows Subsystem for Android. In this article on how to activate the installation of Android applications in Windows 11, we will show you step by step how to do this.
- After installing it following the aforementioned tutorial, look for the MSIXBUNDLE file downloaded to your PC and extract its content using a tool like 7-Zip:
- If you have a normal x86-64 PC, you will only need this file: WsaPackage_x.xxx_x64_Release-Nightly.msix.
- If you have a Windows PC on ARM, just extract the following file: WsaPackage_x.xxx_ARM64_Release-Nightly.msix.
- To find out what type of PC you have, go to Settings > System > About > Device specifications > System type.
- Do you already have the MSIX file corresponding to your PC? Now extract that file to any folder.
- From that folder, delete the following items:
- The AppxMetadata folder.
- Now, move that folder to the root of your hard drive and name it “WindowsSubsystemAndroid” (without quotes).
Prepare the modification of the Windows subsystem for Android with GApps
Preparing the necessary files for the Google Play Store installation
- What you need to do now is patch the Windows Subsystem for Android to work with Google apps. For it, you need the GApps package which is downloaded from OpenGApps.
- If you have a normal x86-64 PC, then select the x86_64 option.
- If you have a Windows device on ARM, then go for the ARM64 platform.
- For both cases, choose the options 11.0 (Android) and Pickaxe (Variant). Then hit the red download button.
- When you already have the GApps ZIP file downloaded, extract it into a folder that you will name “#GAPPS” (without quotation marks).
- Next, go to the page of WSAGAScript GitHub. There, he presses on Code and subsequently taps on Download ZIP.
- Extract that downloaded ZIP file and move all its contents to a folder that you will call «GAppsWSA» (without quotation marks).
- Now, move the #GAPPS folder inside the GAppsWSA folder. Say yes you want to overwrite the data if asked. After doing that, move the GAppsWSA folder to the root of your hard drive.
- Download ADB Kit from this link media fire. Afterward, extract its contents into a folder that you will call “ADBKit” (without quotes). Also move this folder to the root of your hard drive.
- Now, go to the WindowsSubsystemAndroid folder and copy these 4 files:
- paste them in the folder GAppsWSA > #IMAGES.
Modify Windows Subsystem for Android with Ubuntu
Modifying the Windows Subsystem for Android with Ubuntu
Open the Ubuntu app and enter these commands in the order they are shown here, always waiting for each one to complete the task it performs:
- sudo su
- cd /mnt/c/GAppsWSA
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install unzip lzip
- sudo apt-get install dos2unix
- dos2unix ./apply.sh
- dos2unix ./extend_and_mount_images.sh
- dos2unix ./extract_gapps_pico.sh
- dos2unix ./unmount_images.sh
- dos2unix ./VARIABLES.sh
- After doing this, go back to GAppsWSA > #IMAGES to copy these four files:
- Paste them into the WindowsSubsystemAndroid folder (i.e. put them back where they originally were). Confirm that you want to replace the files.
- The next thing is to go to GAppsWSA > misc to copy the file kernel (the one corresponding to your PC).
- Then go into WindowsSubsystemAndroid >Tools and rename the only kernel file you will see to “kernel_bak” (without quotes).
- In that same folder, paste the kernel file that you copied earlier.
Install the modified Windows Subsystem for Android
Steps to install the modified Windows Subsystem for Android
- Now that you’ve modified the subsystem, it’s time to install it. But before, make sure you have uninstalled the official Windows Subsystem Package for Android:
- Don’t know how to do it? It’s easy, just click on the Windows icon and right click on the Windows Subsystem for Android shortcut (which should appear as a recent app in the start menu). Then select uninstall. Note that the Amazon Appstore will also be automatically uninstalled (if you had it).
- Also, activate the Windows 11 developer mode:
- Open the Settings app.
- Select Privacy and security.
- Go to For Developers.
- Tap the Developer Mode switch.
- Now yes, to install the modified subsystem right click on the Windows logo and select Windows terminal (Admin).
- In the opened window, enter this command: Add-AppxPackage -Register C:\WindowsSubsystemAndroid\AppxManifest.xml.
- Then, open the windows subsystem for android (look for it with the Windows search engine, but do it with the name in English).
- Activate the developer mode (Developermode).
- Right there, select Manage developer settings (Manage developer settings).
- Deactivate the option that will appear in the floating window and click on Continue. Now there should be a message in the description of the developer mode that says that it can be connected by ADB.
Finish installing Google Play Store on Windows 11
- Finally, you can now install the Play Store. How? First of all, go to the adbkit folder.
- make right click on any empty place of the folder.
- Choose Open in Windows terminal (Open in Windows terminal).
- From that window, run the following commands in order and one by one:
- adb.exe connect 127.0.0.1:58526
- adb.exe shell
- setenforce 0
- Now you can search the play store in windows 11 to use it.
- Since this is the first time you’ll be using the Google Play Store in this way on your PC, you’ll need to sign in with your Google account.
That’s it! You can now use the Google Play Store app store on your Android in the same way as on your smartphone. The apps you install through it will be added to the start menu of Windows 11 without complications.
If a step was not clear to you or you are simply one of those who learns better by watching videos, here below we leave you the official video tutorial of this method. But keep in mind that the video was published several weeks ago and the method in recent days has been evolving. So some steps may already be deprecated.
Isn’t there an easier way to install Google Play Store on Windows 11?
At the time of writing this article, unfortunately not. There are other methods that with a simple program allow you to install any APK you want on Windows 11. However, those programs are not able to install Google serviceswhich are required for the installation of the Google Play Store and even some third-party apps.
In any case, if we find an easier method, such as installing Android apps on Linux with Anbox, we will inform you right here.