It is possible to run Android applications on Windows 11 since the update released this week. But not everyone can benefit yet. Indeed, there are minimum characteristics.
What is needed for Android apps on Windows 11
Here are the minimum technical characteristics to run Android applications on Windows 11 according to Microsoft:
- Processor (8th Gen Intel Core i3 or better, AMD Ryzen 3000 or better, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8c or better)
- Processor with x64 or ARM64 architecture
- SSD storage
- 8 GB of RAM (minimum) or 16 GB (recommended)
- Amazon account (to download apps from the Amazon Appstore)
- Virtual machine: a setting must be activated (more information on this page)
Your PC should probably be able to run Android apps if you bought it within the last few years. If it’s a bit older, there could be a CPU hang.
The most notable difference here is that Intel CPUs dating back to 2017 are supported, while AMD Ryzen CPUs require at least a 2019 model. Otherwise, the minimum requirements of an SSD and 8GB of RAM shouldn’t rule out too many Windows 11 PC owners.
As a reminder, Microsoft currently reserves access to the Amazon Appstore for users in the United States, without anyone really knowing why. For others, you have to “bypass the system” and install Android applications via other means (sideloading).