Microsoft is starting to enable file sharing in its Android feature for Windows 11. An update to the Windows Subsystem for Android is now available for all Windows Insiders to test and includes file sharing, drag and drop support, camera improvements and the usual bug fixes.
“We’ve listened to the community and many of you have asked us to support file sharing between Windows and the subsystem,” says the Windows Subsystem for Android team in a blog post. “We are pleased to announce that Windows Subsystem for Android can now share your Windows user folders, such as Documents and Pictures, with the Subsystem, so that scenarios such as uploading a photo to a social media app or editing a video in a creative app work seamlessly. ”
Folder sharing is enabled by default for preview users, and Android apps can only view or edit your Windows files with your permission. Android apps must display a permission request dialog and permissions can be revoked through the settings. Microsoft also scans all Android apps during installation with Microsoft Defender or whatever antivirus software you use to prevent malicious apps from loading.
Microsoft also limits file sharing support to Windows user profile folders only, including the typical Documents, Photos, and Videos folders. Windows system folders, external drives, or folders such as Program Files are not supported for file sharing. Certain file types such as .exe are also blocked from file sharing.
Since Microsoft has already rolled this out to all Windows Insider channels, file sharing support will likely roll out to all Windows 11 users in the coming weeks. Microsoft usually does not release Windows updates to the Release Preview channel until they are ready for release.