If you need to adjust the settings for your mobile apps on Windows, you'll need to open the Windows Subsystem for Android™️ Settings app. To do that, select Start > All apps > Windows Subsystem for Android™️ Settings

A screenshot of the Windows Subsystem for Android app.

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Files from mobile apps can be opened and transferred to Windows. If you need to, here's how to view your files: 

  1. Open the Windows Subsystem for Android™ Settings app.

  2. Select Files.

  3. Your files will appear in the settings window so you can browse any images, videos, audio, documents, and downloads that are saved from mobile apps.

  4. To save a file to your PC, right-click the file you want to save, then select Open with > Using Windows default. The selected file will open in the default Windows app for the file type, and the file will get copied to the Downloads folder in Windows. 

A screenshot of the files window in the Windows Subsystem for Android settings app.

If touch input isn't working, make sure the Subsystem Screen Reader is turned off. For more info, go to Accessibility for mobile apps on Windows.  

If the Subsystem Screen Reader doesn't turn on or off when you press the Windows logo key + Ctrl + T on your keyboard, turn this setting on and off.  

This setting lets you choose if you want the Windows Subsystem for Android™ to be open in the background and always ready to open mobile apps. 

As needed

  • If there are no other mobile apps open, the first mobile app you open might take a little longer to start.

  • System resources are only used when mobile apps are in use.


  • Mobile apps open faster.

  • System resources that are used for mobile apps are always in use, even if there aren't any mobile apps open.

If your PC has more than one graphics processing unit (GPU), you can select which GPU your mobile apps will use. 


Mobile apps will use the GPU that Windows is currently using and can changed based on the primary display.

This setting allows Android apps to connect to other devices on the same network as your Windows PC. When this setting is turned on, you can play content wirelessly. For example, you can play music on a speaker that's connected to the same network or set up hardware (like a security camera) with a compatible Android app. 

If you’re experiencing network issues in your mobile apps, turning this off might help. When advanced networking is turned off, it might prevent mobile apps from accessing other devices on your network. Changes will take effect when you restart the Subsystem.

Developer mode and IP address

If you're a developer and need to test or debug your mobile app, make sure Developer Mode is turned On. This requires the IP address of your virtual machine (VM). For more info, go to Microsoft Docs.

Most app issues are related to the app window size or the input, like swiping or tapping. Configuration options in Compatibility are potential fixes for these issues. To apply a fix, turn it on in Configuration options.  


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