After years of waiting, finally, Windows 11 does support Android apps natively. You can even now Install Android subsystem with Google Play Store. Once Play Store gets installed, you can install Apps through it. But as you know there are a few apps that aren’t available on the Play Store. Well, you can sideload those Apps using SDK Platform Tools. But, running commands every time to sideload APK on Windows 11 is a kinda hectic process. Well not anymore now, you can now make this process a lot easier with an Installer script. Even, with this script, you will be able to transfer files in the WSA Android files app on Windows 11.
There are four Easiest Ways to Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11
WSATools – WSATools is an app available on Microsoft Store to sideload Android Apps through ADB.
WSA Pacman (WSA Package Manager) – It is free and open-source app available on Github to install Android APK easily in Windows 11.
WSA Toolbox – It is also and free and open-source app to install WSA and Aurora Store. Also, lets you install APK with one click.
EasySideload-WSA – It is a batch file (EasySideload-WSA) developed by a GitHub developer Harshal Kudale. So a big thanks to him for creating this installer script to easily sideload Android Apps on Windows 11. By using EasySideload-WSA you will be able to install APK by double-clicking on the APK file. Also, you will be able to transfer files in the WSA files app by using drag and drop.
Sideload Android Apps on Windows 11
WSATools – Windows 11 APK Installer
WSATools is a simple easy to use APK Installer App developed by Simone Franco. Thanks to this App, now, you don’t need to remember ADB commands to sideload APK. Because WSATools does everything with just one click. Recently, the developer also introduced explorer integration. This means, now you don’t even need to manually open App to sideload APK. You can now simply right-click on the APK file to install. Although, as of now, this app is currently in a beta state, so you might experience some bugs.
First, open C Drive and create a new folder with the “ADB” name. Also, keep Windows Subsystem for Android open in the background.
Open the following link to directly open the WSATools Microsoft Store page.
Once WSATools Ap gets installed. Open it and click on “Select an APK”.
Next, it will show you a message that ADB is missing. Click on Install.
After that, click on the select folder.
Now locate and select the ADB folder that you’ve created in C Drive. And, Install ADB on that folder.
Once ADB gets installed. Close and reopen WSATools, and now click on Select an APK. Select the APK that you want to install and click on Load APK.
APK will now load in WSATools. Click on Install.
Once App gets installed, you will get a message that the “Application installed successfully”.
You can click on the open app to open sideloaded Android App. Or, you can use Windows search to open the installed app. To know complete steps to Install YouTube Vanced on Windows 11, you can read my article on it.
Set WSATools as Default APK Installer.
WSATools comes with explorer integration. So you can set APK files to open with WSATools. After that, you can double-click to install Android Apps.
Right-Click on any APK file and then go to open with > choose another app.
Select WSATools and select “Always use this app to open .apk files”.
Click on OK.
That’s it, now you can simply double click on any APK to directly load it into WSATools to Install.
WSA Pacman (WSA Package Manager)
Like WSATools, there is one more free and open-source utility to install APK on Windows 11. WSA Pacman is a package manager and package installer for the Windows subsystem for Android. It provides a GUI interface to install Android Apps and also does offers double-click apk installation. Additionally, WSA Pacman also provides an option to open WSA Settings and manage installed apps. From the Manage Application option, you can uninstall or disable apps. Also, can grant and revoke permission.
First, download the WSA Pacman setup file from Github.
Note: If still, you haven’t installed Windows Subsystem for Android, then first do install it. Also, do download SDK Platform Tools and extract it inside the C:\adb folder. (If the ADB folder isn’t created then do create it manually.) After installing WSA and SDK Platform follow this article.