The new Windows 11 update from Microsoft has brought significant improvements to the Android subsystem, making it even more complete. According to XDA, these new features were introduced to Windows users as part of the Insider Program with the June update. The Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) has received Android bug fixes and security updates. But most importantly, what it can now do is share files with the main Windows 11 system.
As a result of the latest update, the Android subsystem in Windows 11 finally got the opportunity to work fully. Now mobile applications can access user’s Documents and Downloads folders, which allows you to send photos, videos and work with documents directly from mobile versions of instant messengers and other applications.
According to the source, the WSA subsystem treats folders in Windows as removable SD media, and any applications that need access to files request the appropriate permissions from the user, just like on a regular Android smartphone.
However, some limitations should be kept in mind. For example, the WSA subsystem cannot see external devices connected to the computer, as well as system folders, notes NIX Solutions.
Here are some key features of the Android Subsystem Update in Windows 11:
- Functionality improvements: The Android subsystem has become full-fledged, allowing mobile applications to work with files and folders in Windows 11.
- Access to user folders: Mobile applications have gained access to the “Documents” and “Downloads” folders, which makes it easy to share photos, videos and work with documents.
- File permissions: Apps that require file access ask the user for permissions, just like a regular Android smartphone.
- Restrictions: The WSA subsystem cannot see external devices and system folders.
These improvements greatly enhance the experience for Windows 11 users, allowing them to fully enjoy mobile applications and conveniently work with files and data on their devices.