How to Update Windows Subsystem for Android in Windows 11

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Android apps not behaving as expected or crashing down? Update Windows Subsystem for Android on your system and resolve the issue in a matter of minutes.

Microsoft introduced Windows Subsystem for Android a.k.a WSA with Windows 11 that enables you to run Android apps natively on your Windows computer.

Though the actual working of the technology that allows you to run Android apps on Windows is a bit complex, Microsoft propels it as an app available in the Microsoft Store for users’ ease of convenience.

Since WSA is one of the most crucial components to run Android apps on your Windows computer, it is imperative that it is always up-to-date or it might impact your interaction with Android apps negatively.

If you have been pondering over the same thing, below are some ways you can make sure the WSA is always updated.

Manually Update Windows Subsystem for Android from Microsoft Store

The first and foremost action is to update the app manually from the Microsoft Store if an update is available and you have not yet enabled automatic updates for apps on your machine.

To manually update an app, head to Microsoft Store from the pinned apps in the Start Menu or from the ‘All apps’ tab present on the top right corner of the flyout.

Then, click on the ‘Library’ option present on the bottom section of the left sidebar.

On the library screen, you will be able to see the available updates for all the apps installed on your system.

To exclusively update WSA, locate the ‘Windows Subsystem for Android’ tile from the ‘Updates & downloads’ section and click on the ‘Update’ button present on the far right edge of the tile.

To detect and download updates for all the installed apps at once, you can also click on the ‘Get updates’ button present on the top right corner of the ‘Library’ screen.


Turn on Automatic Updates for WSA in Microsoft Store

This is one of the most basic things you can do, turning on automatic updates makes sure you have the latest version of the app as soon as it is available in your region. Moreover, the process is very straightforward and effortless.

To turn on automatic updates, head to the Microsoft Store from the pinned apps in your Start Menu or by searching it from the Start Menu.

Then, from the Microsoft Store window, click on your account picture present at the top right section and choose the ‘App settings’ option from the menu.

Now, locate the ‘App updates tile and toggle the switch to the ‘On’ position. Your apps will now be automatically updated whenever connected to a non-metered connection.


Update WSA using Windows Terminal

You can also force update the WSA app using the winget tool in the Windows Terminal app. Though it does not offer the convenience of GUI, it is still pretty easy to invoke the tool using PowerShell commands.

First, head to the Windows Terminal either from the pinned apps on your Start Menu or by typing the name directly into the Start Menu.

In order to force update, you will have to uninstall and then reinstall the app on your machine.

To do so, type or copy+paster the following command and hit Enter on your keyboard to execute the command.

winget uninstall "Windows Subsystem for AndroidTM"

Once uninstalled, type or copy+paste the command below and again hit Enter on your keyboard. This will return search results for the app in the window.

winget search "Windows Subsystem for AndroidTM"

After you have confirmed the app name and its availability, type or copy+paste the following command and hit Enter to execute it. This will install the latest version of the app available on your system.

winget install "Windows Subsystem for AndroidTM"

Well, these are all the easy and quick ways you can update the Windows Subsystem for Android on your system.