WSATools is a very practical little tool … but one that must be used responsibly to avoid security breaches.
Windows 11 is still in its infancy, and it is still a little early to say if this new version will be up to the task. But it is undeniable that this OS contains many good ideas. Among them, we find in particular the “native” support of Android applications via Windows Subsystems for Android (WSA); a function which looks like a gadget to some users, but which will undoubtedly prove to be very useful for others.
Before using it, however, let us specify that like the OS, this tool is still very recent. It therefore has considerable limitations. To begin with, it is important to note that Google does not officially support WSA. We should therefore not hope to have access to the entire Google Play catalog for the moment. Slashgear explains, however, that this may change in the future; but as it stands, it was Amazon that jumped at the opportunity to occupy the field.
It will therefore be necessary to be satisfied with the applications available on the Windows version of the Amazon Appstore (Start menu> All applications> Amazon Appstore). In practice, the possibilities are therefore quite limited. At the time of writing, only about fifty of the most popular applications are available. On the other hand, once downloaded, these applications work very well and the integration with Windows 11 is almost flawless. Not only do they work as expected, they can be easily pinned or resized, just like any other window. In short, it is a great success that deserves to be extended to the rest of the Android ecosystem.
WSATools, a utility to install any application
Fortunately, there is a way to get around this limitation inherent in the Amazon Appstore. Either out of openness or negligence, Microsoft hasn’t fully locked down WSA – at least, for now. As it stands, this leaves the possibility for the most advanced users to produce their own tools, and this is exactly what the developer did..
It is to the latter that we owe the WSATools application, available for free on the Microsoft Store. This tool takes care of all the technical part behind the scenes, in order to manage the multiple layers of compatibility which are sometimes obscure like Android Debug Bridge. The goal: to allow you to directly install any Android application on Windows 11.
To do this, handling is as easy as pie. After downloading the tool, all you need to do is get the Android Application Package, popularly known as APK. Concretely, it is simply a file corresponding to your application, with an .apk file extension. Once in possession of the corresponding APK, you just have to let yourself be guided by the tool and you’re done!
Be extremely careful about the source of your APKs!
You can find these on lots of platforms. This method can be very practical and perfectly harmless … provided you are very vigilant. Indeed, it also allowsinstall any malicious APK indiscriminately. This undoubtedly constitutes a big vulnerability. However, we cannot repeat it enough: the first computer security device is the user located between the seat and the keyboard. This operation is therefore reserved for informed users., who are able to assure themselves of the authenticity of the file in question.
For this reason, we have chosen not to offer you an APK source. If you decide to install an APK of questionable origin, you may be exposed to security failures potentially critical. This could inadvertently compromise your entire system, giving a hacker full access. It is therefore a very practical little utility, but it should be used informed and At your peril.