How to Install Android Apps on Windows Phone (Windows 10, 8, 8.1)

Last updated on June 26th, 2022 by Rahul Kumar Singh

If you have a windows phone and are you looking for android apps but on a windows phone, you can’t install android apps because windows and android are the different operating systems.

So officially you can’t install android apps on a Windows phone but there are some ways that you can use to install android apps on a Windows phone. So let’s begin

You might be searching for an android app in a window phone because:

  • Some apps are only available in Android OS and you want that app.
  • Windows phone apps may fewer features.
  • The Windows phone app is not working properly.

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How to Install Android Apps on Windows Phone:

There are two methods to install android apps on windows phone, first using appx/xap file and the second using pc. I prefer the second PC method as the best method.

The first method I have for you is using your phone

You must have the internet on your windows phone to use the method to download and install sideloaded apps.

If you have windows 10 phone then you need to find the appx bundle file and then download it If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 Phone then you need to find APPX / XAP file to run some apps that are not available in the windows store.

  • First, visit this website to find your application that is not available in the Windows Store
  • Now search for an android app and download the file.
  • If your file download is completed then you need to install it on your windows phone.
  • Go to your phone setting.
  • In the setting, you need to find the developer option that is located on the Update & Security.
  • In the developer, the option enables sideloaded apps.
  • Now go to your file manager and find the file that you download earlier.
  • Click on the App file (APPX / XAP) then in some seconds you will see a popup window where you need to click on the install button and wait some minutes (it depends on your file size) to successfully install apps on your mobile.

The second method I have for you is to use a desktop

You must have a computer and Lumia device (Check all supported Lumia devices below) and Android SDK, and Wconnect tool to use this method.

If you want to install the .apk file on your Lumia device then see if your device name is listed below then you can apply these tricks to install android apps on your windows phone.

Supported devices:

  • Lumia 920
  • Lumia 925
  • Lumia 929
  • Lumia 830
  • Lumia 930
  • Lumia 1520
  • Lumia 635
  • Lumia 730
  • Lumia 820
  • Lumia 435
  • Lumia 928

Now you need to install two apps on your desktop or laptop (Without this app you can’t do anything)

  1. Wconnect tool
  2. Android SDK

Here is how to install apk on windows phone:

  1. Extract the APK file that you downloaded.
  2. Open the wconnect folder
  3. Then Install IpOverUsbInstaller.msi & vcredist_x86.exe file.
  4. Now in your windows 10 mobile go to Settings > Update & security > For Developers 
  5. Enable Developers Mode
  6. Go to the extracted file in wconnect folder Now Press Shift + Right-Click to open the command prompt
  7. Now, connect your Windows phone to the computer using USB or Wi-Fi. Type the pairing codes to connect,
  8. Go to the extracted folder (ADB) Now Press Shift Right-Click to open the command prompt
  9. Make sure your Windows phone is connected via USB or wifi: Now type adb devices in the command prompt. and then press Enter to run it.
  10. Copy the APK file or Android app
  11.  Now install in the adb folder and then type adb install to install apk file…

If you need some proof then this video contains a live example 🙂

I hope you guys like this article if you have any questions then write in the comment box I will reply to you. Enjoy your new android apps

Also, Read – How to install Dell Mobile Connect app on any device

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Hello friends, I am Rahul, chief editor of HubsAdda. Talking about Tech. I enjoy learning new things related to technology. I love coding 😍

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2 years ago

hi my phone is lumia 830 i can’t connect
its Error:
Error bootstrapping the device Error code=8

3 years ago

I have a lumia 925 windows phone 8.1. How to install android apps ?

3 years ago

is lumia 950 with windows 10 mobile with method 2 will work? i only want to use the latest android version of whatsapp (.APK) on my lumia.

3 years ago

My phone is a window 8 and can’t connect to it’s store

Fretcine Keyz
Fretcine Keyz
2 years ago
Reply to  Isaac

I have same problem

4 years ago

Have Lumia 540 how can I install xap file

4 years ago

Tried it, didn’t work, got this “C:\Users\cools\Downloads\Wconnect>wconnect usb Creating session… Error bootstrapping the device. Error code = 8”

I can pair but then get the device not found error in adb .

I have a W10 Lumia 730

Hopkins Omondi
Hopkins Omondi
3 years ago
Reply to  Simon

Hello Rahul, can the first method work with Lumia 640 XL?

Gunasekaran Gs
4 years ago

My nokia lumia 430 supported or not
4 years ago

You said nothin’ about failing to bootstrap. 🙁

4 years ago

I can’t to install IpOverUsbInstaller on my windows 7. I have suficient privilege problem

Palash Debnath
4 years ago

Thank you ?

Kuldeep Gupta
Kuldeep Gupta
3 years ago

Hi how can I get android games in my Lumia 830 windows 10 OS

5 years ago

Very good Idea for install android app on windows phone , Its simple and latest Idea
one more same in my knowledge who provide same ideas.

Ahmed Bin
5 years ago

Very good Idea for install android app on windows phone , Its simple and latest Idea
one more same in my knowledge who provide same ideas.