Access Windows Subsystem for Android Files, WSA Files Location

WSA Files location, Access Windows Subsystem for Android Files

Are you looking for the WSA Files location to transfer and manage Android Files? Then, this article will help you to access files from Windows Subsystem for Android.

After the ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ release, installing Play Store, and sideloading apps is quite an easy process. You can even install a launcher application and get a full-fledged Android experience on Windows 11 PC/Laptop. But, when you install a file explorer/manager app, it will ask you to allow special access. Which you will not be able to allow, due to certain restrictions. That’s why you cannot access OBB or other folders using any Android File Explorer App.

Yes, you can transfer files to WSA Files App using ADB. But, you cannot transfer files to a specific folder. That’s why we are going to use an SMB server to access Files from Windows Subsystem for Android. Moreover, you can also use FX Explorer’s web access feature, but it’s available only for pro users. Thanks to a Reddit user for suggesting these two ways.

WSA Files Location.

You cannot directly access Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) files from File Explorer, because, it’s encrypted. You have to create an SMB/SAMBA server, and after that, you can access WSA Files using Windows Network Drive.

Yes, you will be able to transfer files with it, in any Android file or folder. This means you can now transfer OBB data and install Games like PUBG/BGMI. Ok, so without a further delay, let’s get started.

Access ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ Files using File Explorer.

LAN drive – SAMBA Server & Client.

Create an SMB Server.

This App helps to transform Android Phone into a Network Drive. It is a powerful SMB Server & Client app for File Sharing. Once you create and connect to the SMB server with it, after that, you can view/copy/paste files easily.

  1. First, do install LAN drive – SAMBA Server & Client App from Play Store. If Play Store is not installed, then, read my article on Install Windows Subsystem for Android with Play Store.
LAN drive - SAMBA Server & Client
  1. Once LAN Drive gets installed, open it. Now, first we have to set up a user with full rights. So that, we can copy/transfer files to WSA.
Setup a user - Click on users
  1. Click on Users. By default authentication type is set to Anonymous. Click on it and do select “Users with Rights”.
Authentication Type - Users with rights
  1. After that, from the above right corner of the App Window, click on the “+” icon.
Click on + Icon to add user information
  1. Now set up your username and password. It could be anything you want. After entering username and password scroll down. And, enable read/write permission from the global permission section. (These permissions are really important. So, don’t forget to enable them.)

Click on Save.

Enter Login Details and Enable Global Permissions to create WSA SMB Server
  1. After saving the changes, go back to the main screen of the LAN Drive App. Click on Start Button.
  1. LAN Drive app will ask you to allow photos, media, and files permission. Click on Allow.
Click on Start and Allow Permission
  1. That’s it, you have successfully created an SMB Server of Windows Subsystem for Android.

Note: Keep server running. Else you will not able to access WSA Files using the network drive.

Access SMB Server using File Explorer and Transfer Files to WSA.

  1. Open Windows 11 File Explorer.
  1. Now in LAN Drive App you will see an IP Address. Enter that IP address in the File Explorer address bar and press enter. (Your IP address will be not same. So, check LAN Drive App.)
Access WSA Network Drive using IP Address to Access Windows Subsystem for Android Files
  1. A Windows Security window will appear, and it will ask for network credentials details.
  1. Enter username and password, and mark the “Remember my credentials” option, and click on OK.
Enter Network Credentials

5. That’s it, you have successfully accessed Windows Subsystem for Android Network Drive.

WSA Network Drive - Access Windows Subsystem for Android Files
  1. Now, there are two locations from which you can access WSA Files.
WSA File Locations
1. Root\storage\emulated\0
2. Root\sdcard
WSA Files Location, transfer files to Windows subsystem for Android

You can now drag and drop files to any folder. Yes, you can drag and drop the OBB folder and easily can sideload your favorite games.

Ok, so that’s how you can Access “Windows Subsystem for Android” Files, using File Explorer. This method is quite lengthy but easy once you understand everything. We will try to find a new method to directly access WSA Files using any Android File Explorer App.