Windows 11 and Android: file sharing between the two systems finally arrives
In short, the Android subsystem is a little less isolated and can now access – with the user’s consent – files hosted on the main Windows 11 system.
The Android subsystem introduced in Windows 11 will finally be a little less isolated from the rest of the computer. After insistent requests from users, Microsoft will finally support file sharing. For the moment the function is in the testing phase: to try it you need to join Windows Insider. For all other users it will come very, very soon.
Microsoft is starting to enable file sharing in its Android feature for Windows 11. An update to the Android Subsystem for Windows 11 is now available for all Windows Insiders. The new update includes file sharing, drag and drop support, camera improvements, and the usual minor bug fixes you’ve come to expect with every update.
“We’ve listened to the community and many of you have asked us to support file sharing between Windows and the Subsystem ,” says the team in charge of the project in a post on the company’s blog. “We are pleased to announce that the Windows Subsystem for Android can now access user folders on Windows, such as My Documents and Pictures.”
In short, it will be possible to upload a photo from an Android app and then edit it with a program for Windows 11 and vice versa in a simpler way than was possible before. Android apps can only view or modify Windows files with your consent, which you may need to give from time to time. Android apps will have to show an authorization message every time a request to access a file is made and the authorizations can be revoked at any time from the system settings. In addition, Microsoft Defender will be able to scan Android apps and detect any dangers or malicious behavior.