Developer creates hack to run Google Play Store on Windows 11

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In June, Microsoft promised to bring Android apps to Windows 11, and a few days ago it finally released the Windows 11 Beta Channel Insider feature. It has also published a developer’s guide for the underlying Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA). However, Android apps on Windows 11, at least for now, will only ship through the Amazon Appstore (available through the Microsoft Store), meaning users would miss out on a ton of additional apps. available on the Google Play Store. Even on the Amazon App Store, there is only a curated selection of apps available at the moment.

To remedy this, a developer with the username ADeltaX devised a script that will now allow users to take advantage of Google Play services on WSA. It’s available on GitHub under the name WSAGAScript.

To install the script, you need to follow the instructions provided by the developer:

  • Download MSIXBUNDLE (use the store rg-adguard to download the msixbundle, Package ID: 9P3395VX91NR, Ring: SLOW, the size is about 1.2GB)

  • INSTALL WSL2 (ubuntu / debian, any other distribution might work)

  • INSTALL unzip lzip

  • DOWNLOAD PICO GAPPS FROM OPENGAPPS (x86_64, 11, PICO)

  • EXTRACT MSIXBUNDLE, EXTRACT MSIX (YOUR ARCH) TO A FOLDER, DELETE (APPXMETADATA, APPXBLOCKMAP, APPXSIGNATURE, [CONTENT_TYPES])

  • COPY THE IMAGES (SYSTEM.IMG, SYSTEM_EXT.IMG, PRODUCT.IMG, VENDOR.IMG) IN #IMAGES

  • COPY (PICO ZIP GAPPS) TO #GAPPS

  • MODIFY (VARIABLES.sh) AND DEFINE THE ROOT FOLDER

  • EXECUTE:

  • COPY IMAGES FROM (#IMAGES FOLDER) TO YOUR EXTRACTED MSIX FOLDER

  • OPEN POWERSHELL (NOT CORE) AS ADMIN, EXECUTE (Add-AppxPackage -Register PATH_TO_EXTRACTED_MSIX AppxManifest.xml)

  • RUN WSA WITH GAPPS, ENJOY

Finally, the developer noted that this is still a work in progress, so bugs and glitches are to be expected. The readme section will also be updated with simpler instructions and more details.

For those interested, WSAGAScript is available on GitHub. Keep in mind that this is a third-party tool which is still under testing, so you should do this at your own risk.


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