How to sideload Android apps on Windows 11

So you just set up Windows Subsystem for Android on your Windows 11 PC. You can’t wait to run your favorite Android apps right on your computer, but there is a catch! Microsoft has partnered with Amazon to integrate the Amazon Appstore with the Microsoft Store, which means you can’t officially access the Google Play Store’s vast library of apps and games on the native Android subsystem of Windows. To rub salt into the wound, not all Amazon Appstore apps are available on Windows 11 at this moment — the roster is limited to just 50 curated apps for now.
Hands on with Android apps on Windows 11
Luckily, Microsoft ships the Windows Subsystem for Android environment with a working debugging option. As a result, you can access and debug the underlying Android layer from the host Windows 11 OS using the regular Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) binary. Due to the fact that we can use ADB to install any standard Android app installation package (APK), it is also possible to sideload apps on th…

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