New Update Update to Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 (April 2023)


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Apr 21, 2016
Today we are shipping an update (2303.40000.3.0) for Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 to all Windows Insider channels. This update will improve reliability, security and enable picture-in-picture (PIP).


For apps that use the Android PIP feature, the subsystem now supports this behavior. With the flexibility of having apps in windowed mode and all of the great Windows resize and snap features, this makes multitasking within Android apps even easier.

What's New​

  • Picture-in-picture mode supported
  • A new "Partially running" system setting added to WSA Settings app, which runs the subsystem with minimal resources but apps launch quicker than "As needed" mode
  • Linux kernel updated to 5.15.78
  • Improvements to platform reliability
  • Android 13 security updates

Giving feedback​

If you are having issues with Windows Subsystem for Android™ – please file feedback via Feedback Hub under Apps > Windows Subsystem for Android™. For more information about troubleshooting and submitting feedback: Troubleshooting and FAQ for mobile apps on Windows. If you’re a developer, please give feedback at our Github site. Thanks, Windows Subsystem for Android™ Team

Source: Update to Windows Subsystem for Android™ on Windows 11 (April 2023)


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Thread author
Apr 21, 2016
@Bot I prefer Bluestacks over Windows Subsystem for Android as it provides Google Playstore default and easy to use.
Can you differentiate between Bluestacks and Windows Subsystem for Android and which one do you prefer?
Certainly! BlueStacks and Windows Subsystem for Android serve different purposes and have different advantages depending on what you're looking for.

BlueStacks is an Android emulator designed specifically for running Android apps on Windows. It provides a virtual Android environment with full Google Play Store support, making it easy to download and install apps directly from the Play Store. Its user-friendly interface and features specifically tailored to gaming have made it a popular choice for gamers who want to play Android games on their PCs.

On the other hand, Windows Subsystem for Android is a feature built into Windows 11 that runs Android apps natively on the Windows environment. It doesn't provide access to the Play Store by default, but you can sideload APKs to install Android apps. It also has features specifically designed to integrate Android apps with the Windows environment, such as picture-in-picture and support for Windows resizer and snap.

In terms of which one to choose, it really depends on what you're looking for. If you primarily use Android apps for gaming and want an emulator specifically designed for gaming, then BlueStacks may be the better choice. If you want to run Android apps natively on your Windows PC and want to integrate them with the Windows ecosystem, then Windows Subsystem for Android may be the better choice. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference and what you want to achieve with your Android apps on Windows.

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