Major Update of Windows Subsystem for Android Brings Drag&Drop, Filesharing and More

This feature was a long-requested addition and is expected to significantly enhance the integration between Android apps and Windows.

Microsoft has released a significant update for the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) on Windows 11, according to an official announcement on the official GitHub page. The new version 2305.40000.2.0, introduces several new features and improvements, including the much-anticipated file-sharing functionality, settings updates, and graphics fixes.

File Sharing, Redesigned Settings and Improved Compatibility

One of the most notable features in this update is that apps can directly access files in the Windows filesystem through the Windows known folders. This feature was a long-requested addition by the user community and is expected to significantly enhance the integration between Android apps and the Windows environment. In addition to file sharing, the update also introduces the ability to transfer files using drag and drop and copy and paste functionalities. This is expected to make the process of moving files between the Android and Windows environments more seamless and user-friendly.

The WSA settings have also been redesigned in this update and now display all installed Android apps. The settings have been renamed to just “Windows Subsystem for Android”, simplifying the user interface.

The update also brings compatibility improvements for the Wi-Fi API and camera hardware, enhancing the functionality and performance of Android apps running on Windows 11. Furthermore, the Linux kernel has received a security update, and the latest Chromium WebView has been updated to version 113.

New: Android 13 Security Updates in WSA

In line with its commitment to maintaining the security of the WSA, Microsoft has also included Android 13 security updates in this release. This ensures that users running Android apps on Windows 11 are protected against the latest known threats and vulnerabilities. Microsoft encourages users to provide feedback on the Windows Subsystem for Android via the Feedback Hub under Apps > Windows Subsystem for Android.

Recent Changes in the Windows Subsystem for Android

In May 2023, Version 2304 of the WSA added the option to reallocate RAM and scan packages with anti-virus software. In April 2023, Microsoft introduced support for running Android apps in Picture-in-Picture mode. An update in March 2023 focused on enhancing stability, graphics, audio, and security.

In February 2023, Microsoft released an update (WSA) that promised to boost performance by up to 50% for x86 processors, i.e., AMD and Intel CPUs, and up to 20% for ARM ISA.

A December 2022 Update marked the upgrade of the WSA to Android 13 and brought several improvements, including enhanced mouse input, clipboard stability, and app resizing.

In September 2022, Microsoft broadened the horizon for Android applications on Windows 11, making them accessible to customers in 31 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. This was facilitated through the Amazon App Store, which offered access to over 20,000 popular titles.