Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) now supports file sharing between Windows 11 and Android apps. This feature is available for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel who have installed the latest WSA preview from the Microsoft Store. We previously reported on this update when it launched in preview earlier this month. It remains in preview but is now available to all Insiders.
File sharing allows users to easily transfer files between Windows 11 and Android apps running on WSA. Users can drag and drop files from Windows Explorer to an Android app, or use the Share option in the app to send files to Windows. Users can also access the Windows file system from Android apps using the built-in file manager or third-party apps.
According to Microsoft, file sharing works with most Android apps that support file operations, such as photo editors, document viewers, and media players. However, some apps may not work as expected due to compatibility issues or app limitations. Microsoft also warns that file sharing may cause performance issues or crashes on some devices.
To enable file sharing, users need to update their WSA preview to version 1.7.32815.0 or higher from the Microsoft Store, and enable the “Allow file access” option in the WSA settings. Users also need to update their Windows 11 build to version 22518 or higher from the Windows Insider Program.
Consistently Improving WSA for Windows 11 Users
The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) is a feature that enables users to run Android apps on Windows 11. It works with the Amazon App Store, which has more than 20,000 apps that can be downloaded and used on Windows 11.
Microsoft has been updating the WSA regularly to improve its performance and functionality. The most recent update, in May 2023, 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, which allows users to multitask with different apps on the same screen.
An update in March 2023 focused on enhancing stability, graphics, audio, and security of the WSA. In February 2023, Microsoft released an update that promised to boost performance by up to 50% for x86 processors, such as AMD and Intel CPUs, and up to 20% for ARM processors. In December 2022, the WSA was upgraded to Android 13, which brought several improvements, including enhanced mouse input, clipboard stability, and app resizing.