Last week, Microsoft removed an application that allowed Windows 11 users to sideload Android apps onto the platform. It seems the app known as WSATools went against the rules of Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Android, which allows Android apps to be installed on Windows 11 from the Amazon App Store.
Well, now the app has been reinstated on the Microsoft Store.
Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Android is in preview, allowing Windows 11 Insiders to test Android applications on the platform. This comes from an integration with the Amazon AppStore, meaning Windows has Android app support for the first time.
There are only around 50 apps available in preview. As users wait for the number to grow, Italian developer Simone Franco created an APK installer called WSATools. It allows users to sideload Android APKs onto Windows 11.
It was promptly removed from the Microsoft Store, but Simone did not know why. One possible reason was Microsoft trying to protect exclusivity to Amazon’s store.
However, that was not the case as it was a simple error that caused the removal. Franco says he has spoken with Microsoft and the app will now return to the store.
“Microsoft just wrote me a really satisfying mail with all the reasons why WSATools was removed and… The mail contains clear suggestions and how to solve them easily and make the app approved,” he says in a recent tweet. “The blank rejection notice was sketchy, but it turns out it was an error and they even apologized.”
So far the app is not back in the Microsoft Store, but it should be just a matter of time.
Tip of the day: Fast startup (a.k.a hiberboot, hybrid boot, hybrid shutdown) is a power setting that adjusts Windows’ behavior when it starts up and shuts down. Though it is unlikely fast startup will seriously harm your computer, there are a few reasons you might want to disable it following our tutorial.