Did you know that you can run and debug your MAUI or Xamarin APK as a native Windows 11 app? Well, in Windows 11, Microsoft has introduced a new Windows Sub System for Android called WSA. WSA allows you to run APKs as native Windows 11 apps. This article explains how to run an APK as a native Windows 11 app using WSA.
First thing first, make sure you have the latest version of the Microsoft Store. Now you need to install the Amazon Appstore from the Microsoft Store. The WSA will be installed during this installation process.
Search for Windows Sub System for Android Setting in the start menu and open it. From the setting window, you can access the android file manager app. Open the file manager and it will boot up the android system.
Note: The WSA gets killed after a few times of inactivity. If you want it to be run all the time, select Continuous from the Subsystem Resources dropdown.
Now, Turn on the Developer Mode from the setting menu. A new IP address will be generated. Don't get surprised if it looks like 127.0.0.1:58526 😉😜.
Now click on Manage Developer Settings and the native android developer settings app will open. You can modify the settings to your liking. But make sure the USB Debugging is enabled.
Now, follow the following steps.
adb connect [IP address] in the command prompt and hit enter.
Now, if we run the app, will see our app running with Windows 11's native UI Frame.
Sometimes you may see the adb connection error. Most of the time, this is because you've entered the wrong IP. Make sure that it is correct. You'll get the correct IP address from the WSA setting app under the developer option.
If you can't see the WSA in your device list, make sure the adb is connected to that IP. Because sometimes it gets disconnected due to inactivity.
You can not only debug your android application using WSA but also download the android applications, games from Amazon App Store and run them on your Windows 11 device. Also, not only with Visual Studio, you can use WSA as your development environment with other tools like Android Studio, Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ IDEA, etc.