Yesterday, the documents related to Project Astoria were leaked, and now we have links to the tools needed to run an Android App (APK Format) on Windows 10 Mobile. This tool as of now only supports preview version 10166, and list of devices we shared yesterday. In this guide, we are sharing how to install Android Apps on Windows 10 Mobile.
First posted at Baidu Forums, the developer who tried has warned that this is still not stable, but you can give it a try. The best way to use it will be trying out Android apps which don’t need Google Play services. I tried this myself, and yes it works. Check out the below video, followed by detailed instructions.
PS: This worked for us and may not work for you. It can brick your phone, and you will need to install everything again using the recovery tool. SO TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK
Install Android Apps on Windows 10 Mobile or APKs
Video Demo: Below is the video demo of how you can install Android Apps on the Window 10 Mobile.
Step to Install Android Apps on Windows 10 Mobile or APKs
- First, download the Connect tool from here, and then Android SDK in the adb tool from here
- Unzip good SDK ensure ADB commands are working.
- Unzip the connect tool, install IpOverUsbInstaller.msi and vcredist_x86.exe.
- Now open Windows 10 Phone Settings > Update and security > Developers. Check developer mode, open the Device Discovery
- Just unzip the archive directory (assuming D:\tools\) Open a command line mode:
1) If you have connected your phone over USB. Run D: \tool \ wconnect.exe USB
2) If you are connected to WiFi, and your PC and Phone or on the same network. Run D: \ tools \ wconnect.exe 192.168.xxx.xxx
- Both methods run smoothly, and it will prompt for pairing using a pin code. Enter the same.
- In case you get Error code make sure the device is connected, your pairing codes are correct, and the phone is available in the support list.
- To check the list of devices attached, try the ADB command “ADB Devices.”
- Now Download the APK to this directory, and use the command “adb install xxx.apk” to install it on Windows 10 Mobile.
Here is a sample of Casper, a third party chat app for Snapchat.
Via Robert | Thanks Rajesh for the Tip