After all of the press for Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk probably taking it to one another within the octagon, the only analog we’re likely to see is Twitter versus Meta’s new darling–Threads. The platform has picked up 70 million sign-ups in the first couple of days, and it reveals no signal of slowing down. The solely bother is that, proper now, it’s cellular solely. You can view particular person posts in a browser, however you possibly can’t submit or learn your complete feed.
Personally, my relationship with the blue chook has been in sharp decline over the previous couple of months, so I made a decision to give Threads a strive. The finest method I can describe it’s, it is like rerolling a brand new character class in a recreation after having already been by the endgame content material. You know, form of refreshing.
Threads nonetheless falls behind as a result of it’s cellular locked to Android and iOS units, so I can’t actually use it on something aside from my cellphone and pill. But if you happen to’re working Windows 11, there’s a fast path round that restriction utilizing the Windows Subsystem for Android.
It all hinges on the Amazon Appstore and activating the flexibility to sideload Android APKs with the flick of some switches. So this information isn’t only for Threads, however extra of a … meta information for many Android apps which have obtainable APKs. (I hope you see what I did there.)
Before We Begin
- Have Windows 11 put in.
- Have the most recent Windows updates put in.
- Make positive Microsoft helps Amazon Appstore in your nation or area. (Check here.)
Install Amazon Appstore/Windows Subsystem for Android
- Open the Microsoft Store and seek for Amazon Appstore. Click Install or Get to start the obtain.
- This will begin you thru a three-step setup course of—simply comply with it by. It will ask for permission to make modifications to a few utilities—permit them, and also you’ll quickly be prompted to restart your laptop.
- When it comes again from restart, your PC will routinely start putting in the Windows Subsystem for Android. When that’s completed, you’ll be prompted with an Amazon Appstore login display screen. (You don’t have to log in.)
- You’ll now give you the chance to discover Windows Subsystem for Android in your Start menu. Open it and choose Advanced settings on the left, then toggle the Developer mode slider to the precise.
Download the Threads APK
There are multiple options for downloading Android app APKs, however if you happen to don’t know the place you’re going, you possibly can find yourself in some unsavory corners of the net. One of the most secure in my expertise is APKMirror.
- Get the Threads APK utilizing the APKMirror link here.
- By default this may go into your Downloads folder.
While there are a number of choices for apps that permit set up of Android APKs as soon as the Windows Subsystem for Android is put in, WSATools is likely one of the easiest and most easy, and it is one other pickup from the Microsoft Store.
- Open the Microsoft Store and seek for WSATools. Install it.
All the items are in place, let’s go!
- WSATools will now be obtainable on your Start menu. Open it up.
- Click Install an APK. This will let you know the ADB is lacking the primary time you run it. Click Install and choose or make a folder to set up it into. Personally, I simply made C:ADB to be easy. (You’ll by no means have to do that once more.)
- Once that’s achieved, you’ll get one other immediate to discover your file. Go to your Downloads folder and choose our freshly downloaded Threads APK.
- Click Install when it reveals the Threads icon and knowledge.
- It is feasible that it’s going to ask permission for ADB Debugging. If so, click on sure.
If this doesn’t work, or it says it will possibly’t entry the WSA, restarting your machine to strive once more will do the trick.
And that’s it! Threads ought to now be obtainable in your Start menu, so while you’re at your desk at work or on your gaming rig taking a break between runs, you possibly can open Threads on your Windows 11 PC with the identical ease as Microsoft’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Windows apps. Happy spooling! (Is that what we’re calling it?)