Previously, some Windows 11 testers received an update of the Windows subsystem for Android with the user folder sharing feature. In his blog The developers stated that update 2305.40000.4.0 will bring this feature, as well as some updates to security settings, to all members of the Windows Insider program.
By sharing user folders, you can upload photos or edit videos using Android apps on your PC. The feature is enabled by default for Android Preview Windows subsystem users and can be disabled in the subsystem settings. When folder sharing is enabled, the Windows user profile folder C:\Users\ is available in the subsystem as /sdcard/Windows. Sharing is limited to Windows user folders only, including Document, Photo, and Video directories. Windows system folders, external drives or program files folders are not supported. Certain file types, e.g. B. .exe are also blocked for sharing.
Developers found that privacy protection applications request permission to access files and folders. In this case, the authorization can be revoked at any time via the program settings. Windows scans all Android apps with Microsoft Defender during installation to prevent malware from downloading. The new update also improves compatibility with the Wi-Fi API, the camera hardware. The Linux kernel and the subsystem itself have received security updates and the Chromium WebView component has been updated to version 113.
Since Microsoft has already rolled out the feature across all Windows Insider channels, file sharing support will likely roll out to all Windows 11 users in the coming weeks.