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How to install Google Play Store to Windows 11

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Now you have the opportunity to easily install Google Play Store on your device with Windows 11. Today we are going to tell you how to do it.

The support for Android applications with the latest operating system has been discussed since the first day of the presentation. But such an opportunity did not appear immediately. Users had to wait. Since the last update of Windows 11, users have been able to use the Amazon AppStore. Of course, this course of events can not but rejoice. In addition, if you make the effort and spend some time, you can run the Google Play Store on a computer with Windows 11.

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Today we are going to explain in detail how to properly install the Google Play Store on devices running Windows 11.

Get your PC ready for installation of Google Play Store

Let’s start with the fact that you need to install the Google Play Store. If you’ve already run the Amazon Appstore in Windows 11, you can skip this step. But keep in mind that you may need to install the Amazon Appstore. You can get the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store. Just open the Microsoft Store and type ‘Amazon AppStore’ in the search bar. The app may already be downloaded to your PC, but if not, download it and you can download Android apps from it.

As of February 2022, Android applications are available in the stable Windows 11 channel, but only in the United States. Yes, you need to wait or change the region to the US, if you already want to use applications from the Amazon Appstore. If your computer is compatible with Windows 11, it already meets the requirements to run Android applications. Be sure to check for Windows updates and install all available ones before continuing.

Next, you need to enable hardware virtualization on your Windows 11 computer. The fact is that Windows 11 essentially runs Android on a virtual machine, so it needs to be done. You can verify that virtualization is enabled on your PC. To do this, you need to open the Task Manager, where you go to the ‘Performance’ tab.

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You can press Ctrl + Shift + Esc or right-click on Start to open Task Manager. Make sure virtualization is enabled.

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If hardware virtualization is not enabled, you may need to enable Intel VT-X in your computer’s UEFI (BIOS) firmware. For systems with AMD processors, locate AMD-V on the UEFI firmware settings screen.

Next, make sure you’re using the latest version of the Microsoft Store. To do this, open the Microsoft Store and update all programs on the Library page. This is really important for the proper operation of your device, because you get the latest version of the programs and the Microsoft Store itself.

Android for Windows 11

If all these things are checked, then you are ready to continue working. If you’ve made some upgrades so far, you’ll need to restart your computer before we can move on.

Installing Google Play Store

We will use a tool called ‘Windows PowerShell Toolbar’. It contains a number of features, including the ability to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11. This tool allows you to make a fairly simple installation in one click, without the need for additional software.

A few words about this tool. It will download the script from the server and run it. There are some security concerns, but we have reasons to believe that it should be trusted. First, it is an open source tool, which means there is a certain level of transparency about what is happening behind the scenes.

Second, the tool has almost 800 stars on Github as of the time of writing the article. This means a solid number of people who found it useful. In addition, the tool has been under development for more than six months, and no serious problems have been identified.

All in all, you decide whether to trust the script from GitHub. Remember that you do all this at your own risk. So, if you’re ready, let’s get started.

  1. On your Windows 11 computer, go to the GitHub page in a web browser and scroll to the ‘How to use’ section. Copy the code in the ‘Easy Start Command (Windows 10 and 11)’ header. Here it is, if someone doesn’t want to switch to GitHub: iex (New-Object System.Net.WebClient). DownloadString (‘https://ps.microsoft-toolbox.workers.dev’))Android for Windows 11
  2. Next we need to run Windows PowerShell as administrator, or it could be Windows Terminal as administrator. To do this, open the Start menu and find PowerShell. Click ‘Run as administrator’ or right-click ‘Start’ and select PowerShell Windows (Administrator) or Windows Terminal (Administrator).Android for Windows 11
  3. Paste the code you copied from the GitHub page into PowerShell and press Enter. If it doesn’t work right away, wait a few seconds.Android for Windows 11
  4. The ‘Windows ToolBox’ will now open in a separate window.Android for Windows 11
  5. All we have to do is click Install Google Play Store for Windows 11. Scroll down to see this option.Android for Windows 11
  6. Next in the PowerShell window, you may need to enable the virtual machine platform if it has been disabled. Enter Yes to continue.
  7. Now you will see that the Windows subsystem for Android will be replaced by a new package. Just enter P to continue installing the package.Android for Windows 11
  8. The next step is to download the new Windows subsystem for Android. A bit.ly link will be generated, which you can select, copy and paste into your browser to download the ZIP file to your laptop.Android for Windows 11
  9. The process of downloading the file to your Explorer will begin. This process may take some time, depending on the speed of your Internet connection.Android for Windows 11
  10. After the download is complete, you will need to enter the path to the file in PowerShell. We recommend a simple way to move the file by right-clicking on the file in Windows Explorer and selecting ‘Copy as path’ instead of manually entering the full file path.Android for Windows 11
  11. The old Windows subsystem for Android will be removed and a new version will be installed in its place. Several pop-ups related to the Windows subsystem for Android require your input. Be sure to leave the settings window open until the script is complete. When this is done, you will be able to find the Google Play Store in the Start menu along with other apps. The process is complete.Android for Windows 11

You can now sign in to the Play Store with your Google Account. Everything is ready to install Android applications from the Play Store. Android apps from the Play Store appear in the Start menu, along with apps from the Amazon Appstore and Windows apps.

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Important: there is a possibility that after the update problems with the Play Store itself may occur, then you need to re-update the Windows subsystem for Android. That is, just go all the way again.

Now you can download Android apps, play mobile games on your Windows 11 PC, read books, and even watch movies from the Google Play Store.

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Yuri Svitlyk
Yuri Svitlyk
Son of the Carpathian Mountains, unrecognized genius of mathematics, Microsoft "lawyer", practical altruist, levopravosek

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