Is Xbox getting Android app support? Probably not

A new Microsoft store listing hints at Android app support coming to Xbox soon, but a reliable Microsoft source suggests not to get your hopes too high up.


Microsoft has previously confirmed that it will offer Android app support in its latest operating system, Windows 11. This will let users access certain apps on their desktops, laptops, and even tablets that use Windows 11 as their operating system. While the aforementioned is common knowledge at this point, what is interesting and new is that Microsoft appears to have listed the Xbox as part of the compatible devices.

Fans probably shouldn't expect Android app support to come to the Xbox anytime soon.

Because of this, fans are speculating that the Xbox One, as well as Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X, will feature Android app support soon.

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Technically, there are ways to access Android apps on the PC. This Windows 11 feature would just make the integration more seamless.

The most interesting part about Xbox consoles supporting Android apps is that this is the first time that we've heard about it. However, it is also for this reason that we think it might just be an experimental feature that Microsoft doesn't necessarily plan on rolling out anytime soon.

Keep in mind that the Android app support for Xbox feature hasn't been released to the public. As XDA developers pointed out, it's only available to Windows Insiders at the moment.

Not to mention, attempting to run the app only leaves you with a black window, which further suggests that this is more of a placeholder text than anything. Even if the app did work, the description specifically states that it is for "testing purposes only".

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With that said, the ability to use Android apps on Xbox consoles would be heaven-sent. At the moment, we can play Xbox games on Android and iOS phones, so it wouldn't be far-fetched to think that Microsoft is planning on making it possible to do things the other way around.

Unfortunately though, according to a Microsoft source that spoke to Android Authority, Microsoft isn't planning on making Android apps accessible to Xbox consoles anytime soon - the text is just a placeholder.

So, yeah. We apologize if we got your hopes high up about playing all of your favorite mobile games and other apps on the Xbox consoles. You'll just have to wait for developers to port their apps over if you really want them on your consoles.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is based in the Philippines. He is a lifelong gamer and a PC hardware enthusiast. He builds and repairs laptops and computers for friends and family in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.