Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile
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Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile? Sounds like a joke in 2017 as Microsoft has wiped all components of Project Astoria from Windows 10 Mobile. Some years ago, we were able to install Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile as the feature was part of Microsoft’s Project Astoria.

The functionality to install Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile was limited to Build 10240. However, you can still install Android apps on Windows Phone but the process is bit tricky and available to selected phones only.

Before we get started, you will need to have a retail FFU file for your Windows Phone. You can get the file from Windows Device Recovery Tool after flashing the phone. It is important as it would be part of the backup image of your phone.

How to get retail FFU File for your Windows Phone

  • Download Windows Device Recovery Tool.
  • Connect your Windows Phone to Windows Device Recovery Tool.
  • Before flashing, the tool will download the image of your Windows Phone and save it on PC.
  • The retail FFU File will be stored in C:> ProgramData > Microsoft > Packages.

Download Windows 10 Mobile Build 10240 and enable Project Astoria

  1. Download the Windows 10 Mobile Build 10240 ROM. Available for Lumia 930, Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL. (If the links are not reachable, use a USA VPN). (The ROM/Images are owned by Microsoft.com, we are just sharing it).
  2. Download Windows Phone Image Designer.
  3. Full charge your phone and get into UEFI mode. You can do so by turning your phone off and boot into UEFI mode by holding the Volume Up Button.
  4. A lightening bolt logo will be displayed on your screen. It means you are on UEFI screen.
  5. Use a USB cable and connect your phone to PC.
  6. Open Windows Phone Image Designer on your PC.
  7. (Start the start.bat file to launch Windows Phone Image Designer).
  8. Select the option flash a Windows Phone image onto your phone and click on next.
  9. Under flashable devices section, click change and browse to select the ROM you’ve downloaded in step 1.
  10. Click on the flash option and your phone will install Build 10240.

Windows 10 Mobile Build 10240 is extremely buggy and it might be unusable. Now you need to install the tools that will help you installing Android on Windows 10 Mobile.

How to install Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile

  1. Download the APK Deployment app.
  2. Run the app on your Windows 10 PC.
  3. Enable Developer Mode and Device discovery on your Windows 10 Mobile Device.
  4. Connect your phone to PC using USB. Pair the app.
  5. You can now simply deploy the APK to your Windows Phone.

Only some Android apps work on Windows 10 Mobile. You can recover your phone to previous version of operating system by using the backup image you had downloaded earlier using Windows Device Recovery Tool.


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  • Ben A

    That’s stupid. WHATS THE POINT!!!

    • Dee T

      flexibility having a better “phone” os combined with the better app store. Although I question running a very buggy build just to get android apps working, a much better idea would be if MS pulled their finger out and restarted the project

  • ᒙᗩᖺ

    is this really working? has this been fixed … problem booting up the Astoria platform on the Windows device. Error Code = 14?

  • Fede

    If I do this. Can I update to the latest build and the apps will be working?

  • when I am trying to flash from the downloaded
    RM1096_Lumia640XL_10240.16384_02177.00000.15184.36 001_RETAIL_prod_signed_1002_028E51_000-CN.ffu—-File,

    I am getting an error message like a picture below

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4fe007c54e9a6c032b132ae7050e4ff07c4b640b98b9c43fd9e2b00614f72589.jpg

    Please give me some solution to fix this bug, thanks

    • Anil RS Kushwaha

      I having same error! Do you got the solution?

      • Gustavo Romano

        is the AT&T one?

  • Mayank Parmar

    I’ll look into it.

  • Yuki Fuyui

    This is silly if you have to go back to a previous version of Windows.

  • Άλλος

    Does it work on Lumia 535?

    • Jerin

      nope :(

  • Carlosgzm

    Well… It is extremely buggy, but… Let’s go test!!!

    • Tengo Gachechiladze

      did you do this?

      • Carlosgzm

        I have installed this build on L640 XL and it Works pretty good.

        • రాజ వంశీ చాతరాసి

          Hi! could you please let me know how to do that? i’m not able to do with my L640XL. please help me with it. Thanks in advance.

    • Tengo Gachechiladze

      If you did install android apps than can you create zip file using data manager tool so other w10m user can registry that app using interop tools

      • Carlosgzm

        Hmm… I am not sure how to do that… Tell me more about that, please!

  • CMoor

    We need this for the 950’s. The Store is an absolute and complete failure. MS has systematically disabled free video calling in every single app available and Skype is uselessly upside down in video. Plus, why pay for something free every where else on a platform they abandoned completely. A solid Android Bootloader is the only means to use the hardware they screwed us with.

  • Aliens

    This is great, but will you be able to load/run/install Android apps after backup restore or system upgrade to, lets say, Fall Creators?

  • Ivan Hr

    How can I find ROM for Nokia 909 (Lumia 1020)? Thanx

  • NinjaByte

    Can I manage it on Lumia 730?

  • Milan Nikolić

    Does it work on Lumia 950xl?

    • Mayank Parmar

      no.

  • Davide

    Does it work on all models of Lumia 640? I have a RM 1077 one.

  • Louie Foronda

    does it work on lumia 820?

  • nelson fazolin

    download error for lumia 930 … only worked the lumia 640xl

  • Harald

    or get a android phone… That’s what I will do…
    I have owned Wp7, WP8 and WM10 but I am SICK AND TIRED of how MS “developed” this…

    so F Y MS! You had a great OS and you f***ed it up!

  • Mehadí Hassañ

    Will it work on lumia 535 ?

  • Ryan Bowers

    does it work on Lumia 650 any help appreciated… Thanks