When Microsoft announced Windows 11, they announced native support for Android apps through the Amazon Appstore. However, when the OS was finally released, this feature was nowhere to be found – they said it would be released in a future update. After a few months, they finally released an update that allowed users to download the Android Marketplace. The update should make the Amazon Appstore downloadable on the Microsoft Store.
Still, some users were surprised. This is because even though they have installed the latest update, they still cannot find it. So, here’s what you need to do to make Amazon’s Android Marketplace appear on your PC.
1. Make sure your hardware can play it
There are some minimum requirements you need to meet before you can install Amazon Appstore. If your computer does not have these specifications, you will not be able to download it from the Microsoft Store.
These requirements are different from the system requirements of Windows 11, so even if you can run the OS, you may not have the hardware to run Android apps. These are App Store requirements.
If you don’t meet a hardware requirement, you’ll need to upgrade your device first. But if you don’t have the right virtual machine platform or you are not in the right country, you can easily change it on your computer.
To check your hardware specifications, press the Start button, then click Settings. Under System, scroll down until you find About. You should see your Processor, Installed RAM, System Type under Device Specifications. Meanwhile, you can find the OS build under Windows Specifications.
If your OS build is not the latest version, you can update it by going to Windows Update in the Settings window. Once you’re there, click Check for Updates and your computer will be updated automatically.
To check if you have an SSD, go back to System. From there, click on Storage > Advanced Storage Settings. In the menu that appears, select Disk and Volume. Look at your available disks and see if any are marked as SSD.
After that, you have to go back to the Settings window, then choose Time & language > Language & region. Under Region, select the country or region and select the United States in the dropdown menu. After completing this, you need to make sure that the virtual machine platform is enabled.
To do this, press the Windows key and type control panel. Click on the icon that appears. In the Control Panel window, open Programs and Features. In the next window, click Turn Windows features on or off. Then Windows Features will appear. Scroll down until you see Virtual Machine Platforms. Make sure there is a checkmark next to it, and then press OK.
If you can’t see the Virtual Machine Platform option, see Microsoft’s detailed instructions for enabling it.
Lastly, check the app version of the Microsoft Store. You can check the version of your app by clicking on your profile icon and then choosing App Settings. In the App Settings window, look for About this app and check the version number. If it’s not updated, go to the Library icon on the left column and click the Get Updates button on the top right corner.
2. Get the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store
Once you’ve checked that all your system requirements are in order, it’s time to download the Amazon Appstore. Open Microsoft Store and then type Amazon Appstore in the search bar. Click on Amazon Appstore result and then select Install.
In the window that appears, click Download. A User Account Control window may appear confirming if you want to make changes to your computer. Click Yes. Once the download is finished, click on Open Amazon Appstore to start using it.
3. Log in to your Amazon Account
Once the Amazon Appstore has loaded, you will be greeted by a login window. Log in to your account if you already have one; Otherwise, select Create a new Amazon account.
Once you’ve logged in or created your account, you can now start downloading and installing all of the Android apps available in Amazon’s App Marketplace.
However, since it’s still in preview, you’re limited to only a few apps. However, once Amazon releases the full version on the Microsoft Store, you can expect to install everything available there on your PC.
4. Installing the App on the Amazon Appstore
You can either search for it or browse Amazon’s library to install the app. Once you find what you’re looking for, click on it to view the app’s page. Click Get to install it on your computer. Once the download and install process is complete, click on the Open button to launch it.
You can also find the apps you downloaded on the Amazon Appstore in your Start menu. You don’t need to open the Android Market to launch your downloaded Android apps.