Unable to download Windows Subsystem for Android from Microsoft Store? Here’s an alternate way to manually install WSA on your Windows 11 PC.
Microsoft has really brought out the best of Windows in terms of interoperability. Starting Windows 11, you will be able to run Android apps natively on your machine. In order to do so, you will require to have a ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ app from the Microsoft Store.
‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ not only helps you install Android apps through the Amazon Appstore (that is the official way). It also enables you to sideload any Android app on your Window.
However, since the app is rolling out in stages you may not be able to download it yet from the Microsoft Store of your region. Fortunately, there is a workaround.
What is Windows Subsystem for Andorid?
Windows Subsystem is a component layer that will run on top of Windows 11 to help load Android apps on it through the Amazon Appstore. The Windows Subsystem comprises Linux kernels and Android OS.
The Windows Subsystem for Android runs using the ‘Virtual Machine Platform’ feature along with the ‘Windows Subsystem for Linux’ feature of Windows. While the jargon might be a bit too much for some users; Microsoft will distribute the ‘Windows Subsystem for Andoid’ as an app to all through Microsoft Store.
Download Windows Subsystem for Android msixbundle file
Downloading Windows Subsystem for Android without Microsoft Store is a very straightforward process, and hardly requires any technical know-how.
First, head to store.rg-adguard.net using your preferred browser. Next, click on the drop-down menu present on the webpage and select the ‘ProductId’ option.
Enter the Product ID 9P3395VX91NR for Windows Subsystem for Android in the text field and then click on the last drop-down menu and select the ‘Slow’ option. After this, click on the ‘checkbox’ button to let the tool find download links for the
.msixbundle from Microsoft’s servers directly.
You will see a list populated on the web page as search results. Scroll down to locate the file having
.msixbundle as an extension. It’ll also be the largest file in the results (about 1.2GB or more). Once located, right-click on the file and choose the ‘Save link as’ option from the context menu.
Then, let your browser download and save the file on your computer.
How to Install Windows Subsystem for Android from msixbundle File
Once you have downloaded the Windows Subsystem for Android, you will need to install it in order to be able to use it.
To do so, head to the Start Menu and click on the ‘All apps’ button present to the right of the flyout.
Then, scroll to locate the ‘Windows Terminal’ app, right-click on it and choose the ‘Run as administrator’ option from the context menu.
Now, a User Account Control (UAC) window will appear on your screen, enter the credentials for an administrator account if you are not logged in with one. Otherwise, click on the ‘Yes’ button to proceed.
On the terminal window, type or copy+paste the following command and hit Enter on your keyboard to commence the installation.
Add-AppxPackage -Path "<copied path>\<package name>.msixbundle"
Note: Replace the <copied path> placeholder with the path address you copied earlier, along with <package name> placeholder with the exact name of the package in the command below.
PowerShell will now display the status of the installation, wait till the process is completed.
Once the installation has been completed, close the PowerShell window and head to the Start Menu. You can search for Windows Subsystem for Android by typing Windows Subsystem. Then, click on the ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ tile to launch it.
Alternatively, you will also be able to find the ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ in the ‘All apps’ list accessible from the Start Menu on your device.
You can also sideload Android apps on your Windows 11 PC by simply installing the WSATools app from Microsoft Store. To learn more about it, read our article on seting up WSATools App to install APK Android files on Windows 11.