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Guaranteed Steps to Run APK Files in Windows 11

Running APK files in Windows 11, During the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft said that users would be able to install Android apps in this operating system. If they say the apps can only be installed through the Amazon Store. However, they did not mention anything about sideloading Android apps or running Google PlayStore on Windows 11. Users can easily sideload Android apps by opening APK files on their PC. If you want to open APK files on Windows 11 but you don't know how to do it, this computerwould article will help you to do so.

How to run APK files in Windows 11

Opening APK files on Windows 11 is easy but a bit long. But we are going to break the whole process down into different sections to help make it easier for you. To open APK files on Windows 11, follow the steps given below:

Step 1: Enable Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Platform on PC

First, you will have to make sure that Hype-V and the Virtual Machine platform are enabled on your computer. Here are the steps to allow you to enable Hyper-V on your PC:

Open the Settings app on your Windows 11 PC by pressing the Windows + I key combination on your keyboard.

On the left or right sidebar of the Settings app, click the Apps or Apps option.

Now, click on the Optional Features option on the right side of the Applications section.

Next, click on the More Windows Features or More Windows Features option under the Related Settings section.

Find the Hyper-V option and check the checkbox next to it in the popup that appears.

Next, find and select the check box for Virtual Machine Platform as well. After doing that, click on the OK option, and Hyper-V and Virtual Machine Platform will be enabled in your computer.

Step Two: Download and Install Windows Subsystem for Android

Next, you will have to download and install the Windows Subsystem for Android. It's a layer of new components on top of Windows 11, including Linux Kernel and Android OS, to run Android apps on your Windows 11 PC. You can download and install the Windows Subsystem for Android and after that's done move on to the third step.

Step Three: Run APK Files in Windows 11

Now that you have done the above process, you will be able to open APK files in Windows 11 without any problem. To do this, follow the steps given below:

After downloading the file, go to the location where the file was downloaded. Now select the file, right click it, and click extract all.

Next, copy the APK file that you want to open on your Windows 11 PC and paste it into the folder you extracted. Make a note of the APK file name somewhere, as you will need it earlier in the process.

Now open the start menu by pressing the Windows key. Here, search for Windows Subsystem for Android and hit Enter to run it.

In the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA), find and turn on the Developer mode toggle. Here, make a note of the IP address you'll see under the developer mode toggle.

Head to the extracted SDK Platform Tools folder. Here, in the address bar, type CMD and hit Enter to open a command prompt mapped to the current directory.

Here, enter and execute the adb.exe connect <IP address> command. Make sure to replace the <IP address> icon with the IP address you copied earlier.

Next, enter the command adb.exe install <file name> .apk and press Enter. Here, replace <file name> with the name of the APK file you want to install in your computer.

Now your file will be installed in your computer. Once the process is complete, you will receive a message that the installation is complete on your screen.

After doing that, find the app you installed in the Start menu, and you'll find it listed here. Click on this app and you will be able to run this APK file in your Windows 11 computer.

This is how you can use your Windows 11 PC to open APK files.
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