On July 6, Microsoft announced that Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) version 2205.40000.14.0 is available on all Windows 11 Insider Insider channels.

In May 2022, with the release of Windows Subsystem for Android Version 204.40000.15.0, Redmond introduced the “Advanced Networking” feature in Windows 11 builds on the Dev channel. This technology allows Android applications to share an IP address with the host system.

You can also read: How to run any Android app in Windows 11

By abandoning NAT (Network Address Translation) and connecting a virtual machine to the IP address of the host system, Android applications can now communicate with other devices on the same network, such as IP cameras or audio streaming devices. Also, users can play multiplayer mobile games over a local network.

Windows Subsystem for Android Update in Windows 11: VPN Support

The Advanced Networking documentation states:

The technology allows Android apps to connect to other devices on the same network as your Windows PC. When the setting is turned on, you can play content wirelessly.

For example, you can play music on a speaker connected to the same network, or set up hardware (like a security camera) using a compatible Android app.

Android apps can use the IP address assigned by the VPN service

On July 6, Microsoft announced that Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) version 2205.40000.14.0 is available on all Windows 11 Insider Insider insider channels.

You can also read: How to Set up a VPN in Windows 11

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A distinctive feature of this version is the ability of the WSA virtual machine to use the IP address of your VPN connection.

With this new feature, users can connect to a VPN on desktop computers and allow Android apps to bypass regional locks or increase privacy while remaining anonymous online.

Advanced Networking must be enabled in the WSA settings for this feature to work.

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Other improvements

  • Advanced Networking features include application access to local network devices for ARM.
  • The IP address of the VM has been removed from the Settings app. Thanks to Advanced Networking, the IP address of the virtual machine is the same as the IP address of the host/computer.
  • Fixes for fixed parts of the application when expanded or resized.
  • Fixed scrolling with mouse and trackpad in apps.
  • Implemented a patch of the Android kernel for May 2022.
  • You can no longer take a screenshot of protected Android windows.
  • Improved web browser launch.
  • Enable sleep mode and app standby mode while charging to improve power saving.
  • ADB debug requests are redirected to Windows for increased security
  • Upgrade to Chromium WebView 101.
  • Fixed graphics issues, including app flickering and distortion.
  • Fixed video playback
  • Added support for AV1 codec
  • Improved performance and reliability of connection to virtual WIFI in the container.
  • Video playback apps can now prevent Windows from turning off the screen.
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You can read the full announcement from Microsoft here.


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