The Play Store and other Google apps can be installed on Windows Subsystem for Android using the steps below.

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Finally, the Windows Subsystem for Android is available. What’s more intriguing is that you can try it out informally right now, even if you aren’t registered in the Windows 11 Beta channel. If you’re not thrilled with the required Amazon Appstore connection, you’ll be relieved to learn that sideloading apps isn’t difficult either. Although a third-party Google Play Store client can be installed, the lack of Google services in the Windows Subsystem for Android makes it difficult to utilise apps that rely on them.

 

The Windows Subsystem for Android, unlike regular Android devices, does not include a user-accessible recovery environment. As a result, an end-user can’t simply compile TWRP for the Android Subsystem and install one of the popular GApps (short for Google Apps) packages right away. But what if you could just patch the core system image with the Google apps and libraries you need to get the Play Store up and running? ADeltaX, an XDA Senior Member, has now created a solution called WSAGAScript that achieves exactly that.

 

How to install Google Play Store on the Windows Subsystem for Android

Step 1: Install Windows Subsystem for Linux

Run the optionalfeatures command from the Run prompt or a Terminal window to launch the Windows Features utility. To do the same, go to the Start menu and search for “Turn Windows features on or off.”
Place a checkbox next to the Virtual Machine Platform and Windows Subsystem for Linux entries in the new window.

 

Wait for Windows to download the necessary components after clicking OK.
Restart your computer.
Using this link, download the latest Ubuntu LTS release for Windows Store and configure it as needed.
If you’ve already installed Ubuntu on WSL, you may skip this step.

Step 2: Preparing Windows Subsystem for Android for patching

Download the Windows Subsystem for Android installation package. If you need any assistance, go back to the first step in this guide.
Using 7-Zip, extract the architecture-specific installation after you have the MSIXBUNDLE file.
If you’re using a standard x86-64 computer, extract the file named

WsaPackage_x.x.x.x_x64_Release-Nightly.msix

If you have a Windows on ARM device, then extract the file named

WsaPackage_x.x.x.x_ARM64_Release-Nightly.msix

Now, copy the MSIX file for your device’s architecture to a folder, such as D:WSA.
AppxBlockMap.xml, AppxSignature.p7x, [Content Types].xml, and the AppxMetadata folder should all be deleted from the folder.

Step 3: Using GApps to patch the Windows Subsystem for Android

GApps is a collection of applications that you can download. OpenGApps’ “Pico” variation is suggested by the developer.
Choose the x86 64 platform if you have a standard x86-64 computer.
Select the ARM64 platform if you have a Windows on ARM device.

Install the unzip and lzip packages after starting Ubuntu on WSL.
apt-get update sudo
unzip lzip sudo apt-get install
git clone https://github.com/ADeltaX/WSAGAScript git clone https://github.com/ADeltaX/WSAGAScript git clone https://github.com/ADeltaX/WSAGAScript git clone https://github.com/ADelt
To patch, follow the instructions in the readme of the aforementioned repo.
Remember to change the locations in the instructions to match the location of the MSIX file you extracted in the previous step.

 

Step 4: Installing the Android-patched GApps Windows Subsystem

Before doing this step, make sure you’ve uninstalled the official Windows Subsystem for Android software. You can do so by looking for the matching shortcut in the Start menu, right-clicking it, and then selecting “Uninstall.” Keep in mind that the Amazon Appstore will be uninstalled at the same time.

Navigate to Privacy and Security => For Developers in the Settings app. Then select Developer Mode from the drop-down menu.

With the built-in PowerShell profile, open Windows Terminal as Administrator.
In the Terminal window, type the following command:
Add-AppxPackage -Register AppxManifest.xmlpath-to-the-extracted-MSIX-folder>
If you first extracted the contents of the MSIX file to D:WSA and then patched them, for example, the command should be:

 

D:\WSA\AppxManifest.xml Add-AppxPackage -Register
Allow time for the installation to complete. Then, alongside the familiar Windows Subsystem for Android, enter the Start menu and look for a new icon for the Google Play Store.
You can also use the Android Subsystem to sideload a launcher programme and access the Play Store icon from there.

Select “Sign in” from the drop-down menu and input your Google Account credentials. If everything works well, you should be able to access the Google Play Store’s main page.

WSA has a Google Play Store.
That concludes our discussion. In Windows Subsystem for Android, you just installed Google Play Store and a set of Google Services that are required to operate many popular apps. You should now be able to install Android apps directly from the Play Store on your Windows 11 PC.

 

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