WSA PacMan on Windows 11: How to Sideload Android Apps

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Key notes

  • Sideloading Android apps on Windows 11 has been available for a few months.
  • Now, there is another way to achieve the same goal without using WSATools.
  • If you are interested in sideloading Android apps, you should try WSA PacMan.
  • This new software is available now, for free, from its very own GitHub page.
wsa pacman

Yes, we know how happy you all were when you heard that Android apps were available for sideloading in Microsoft’s new operating system.

We showed you the entire process and the software you need and everything seems to be working fine, as you don’t really see online complaints about this functionality.

However, we’re about to show you another method you can youse in order to achieve the same goal.

Use WSA PacMan to sideload your favorite Android apps

The WSATools software was released specifically for this very purpose, but now there is a new open-source option out there if you’re interested.

WSA PacMan is a delightfully accessible tool that makes it easy to sideload apps without the need to battle with ADB commands.

The developer describes the app as a GUI package manager and package installer for Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA).

WSA PacMan currently provides a double-click GUI installer for .apk files that shows app information (package, icon, version, and permissions), and also allows normal installations as well as upgrades and downgrades.

The app additionally provides a button to open Android settings and one to open the Manage Applications Android settings page, from which you can uninstall or disable applications and grant or revoke permissions

If you also want to get your hands on this software and take it out for a test drive, all you have to do is go and download the latest build of WSA PacMan from its GitHub repository.

Have you tried sideloading Android apps on your Windows 11 setup yet? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.