In this guide, I’ll walk you through the steps to sideload Android apps on Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) using Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

Android Debug Bridge

  • A versatile command-line tool that lets you communicate with a device.
  • adb is included in the Android SDK Platform Tools package.
  • Download this package with the SDK Manager, which installs it at android_sdk/platform-tools/.
  • If you want the standalone Android SDK Platform Tools package download it here.
  • Click the link Download SDK Platform-Tools for Windows
  • Extract the file into C:\platform-tools

Set Environment Variable for adb

  • Press Start & Search for Edit the System Environment Variables and open it.
  • Click on the Environment Variables button in the System Properties window under Advanced tab.
  • Select the Path Variable under System Variable & click the Edit
  • Now Browse to adb location in our case: C:\platform-tools & click Ok
  • Done. Now you can able to run adb in any path you want!

Windows Subsystem for Android

  • Open the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA)
  • Turn on Developer mode

adb connect

  • Now you can connect by adb connect with the following command:
adb connect 127.0.0.1:58526
  • Dialog box will popup saying Allow debugging? & click Allow
  • You can verify that your device is connected by executing adb devices command
adb devices

apk install

  • Make sure you have an .apk file to install
  • Install the APK using the adb install command: adb install app-name.apk
adb install app-name.apk
  • Once app installed successfully you will get this result
Performing Streamed Install
Success

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