How to Install the Google Play Store on Windows 11

Windows 11 supports Android apps, but you’re limited to using the Amazon Appstore—or are you? With a little work, it’s possible to get the Google Play Store up and running on your Windows 11 PC.

The Amazon Appstore may be the official method for installing Android apps in Windows 11, but there are always other ways of doing things.

You can manually sideload Android apps and games, but if that gets tiresome, you may prefer to just go all the way and get the Play Store. So that’s what we’ll do.

Let’s start with what you’ll need. If you’ve already gone through the process of getting the Amazon Appstore working in Windows 11,

you can skip past this section, but note that you do need the Amazon Appstore installed. You can get the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store.

Android apps are available in the stable channel of Windows 11—but only in the US. If your PC can run Windows 11, you already meet the requirements to run Android apps as well.

Make sure to check for Windows updates and install any that are available before proceeding.

Next, your Windows 11 PC needs to have hardware virtualization enabled. Windows 11 essentially runs Android in a virtual machine, which is why this is necessary.