Good news for all techies in Vatican City: you can now officially run Android apps on Windows 11.
Android apps on Windows 11 were a big selling point for the operating system, but they didn’t come out for everyone right away. Fortunately, Microsoft is slowly fixing this as it has announced support for a whole list of new countries.
Microsoft’s new list of compatible countries for Android apps
If you’re not a fan of going through bullet point lists, OnMSFT has summarized the countries in one neat paragraph:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican City.
If your country is now included, you should be able to download the Amazon Appstore and use apps. Remember that you need an Amazon account to use the Appstore.
Not everything, everything for excluded countries
While it’s nice that Microsoft allows more countries to use Android apps on Windows 11, it doesn’t mean those that are left out won’t be able to use them. One method even allows you to install the Google Play Store on Windows 11, which even people in supported countries use if they are not a fan of using the Amazon Appstore.
However, despite the existing alternatives, it’s still good to see Microsoft pushing Android app compatibility to more countries. By providing users with an officially supported way to get Android apps to work, it helps cut out a lot of the fiddling involved in running Android apps on a Windows 11 PC, so people spend less time on tweaking and spending more time using their apps.
‘Appy Days for more countries’
As Microsoft rolls out Android apps for Windows 11 to more countries, it will finally help bring one of the operating system’s more anticipated features to more people than ever. Let’s hope the company maintains the momentum and allows more countries in the future.