Windows 10 Mobile
How to install Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile devices. Reuters

If you are wondering how to get Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device, here is something interesting for you.

Recently, the official documentation for Project Astoria - Microsoft's Windows Bridge for Android that enables developers to bring Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile - has leaked. Following this, folks from China leaked a tool called wconnect. Using this tool you can install Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device.

Check out the following guide with step-by-step instructions for how to install Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile. But note that installing APK without permission is piracy. Proceed with extreme caution.

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Following is the list of supported Lumia phones running Windows 10 Mobile build 10149 or above.

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

How to install Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile phones

Step-1: Download wconnect tool

Step-2: Download Android SDK adb tool

Step-3: Unzip the downloaded files to a folder

Step-4: Open wconnect folder, install IpOverUsbInstaller.msi and vcredist_x86.exe

Step-5: Navigate to Settings on your Windows 10 Mobile, then Update & security>> For Developers and enable Developers Mode and Device Discovery

Step-6: Go to folder where you have extracted wconnect, open a command prompt (Shift + right-click>> Open command window here)

Step-7: Connect your phone to the PC. There are two ways you can do this, USB method is recommended

  • To connect via USB, type wconnect.exe usb and press enter
  • To connect over Wi-Fi, type wconnect.exe (replace the xxx with your network's IP)

Step-8: It will now ask for pairing code, type in the pairing code and press Enter

Step-9: Head over to the extracted adb folder and open a command prompt

Step-10: Ensure that your phone is connected, type adb devices and press Enter to show the list of devices that areconnected

Step-11: Place the APK file you want to install on the directory (adb folder) and type in adb install APKNAME.apk (replace the APKNAME with APK file's name)

You should now be able to install Android apps on your Windows 10 Mobile device.

If you are skeptical, check out the video walkthrough by WPXBOX for more details.