Every smartphone user needs or wants 3rd party apps on their devices. Three (3) different ways to download apps on a Windows Phone (Windows 10 Mobile too).
Like all smartphone operating systems, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile need apps. While every smartphone comes with pre-installed apps, we all want to be able to add functionality to our devices via 3rd party apps.
To download apps to your Windows Phone device is a straightforward process via the Windows 10 Mobile apps store, but there are other ways to get apps on your phone, just in case something goes wrong. Here are all the ways to go about it.
The Windows 10 Mobile apps store is the official source of applications for Windows-powered handhelds.
We start with the direct approach – how to download apps on a Windows phone via the app store
Once the download completes, you are good to go.
How to download apps on a Windows Phone 8 device without using the app store
If you need to download apps to a smartphone running Windows Phone 8, or higher, and it has an SD card slot, you will be able to .xap files to install manually. XAP files are native Windows Phone app format. Here is how to go about it:
This method is important because the Windows Phone 8.1 app store was shut down in December 2019, so this is perhaps the only way to get apps on them now. The limitation with this method is that you need a Developer Account for it to work.
How to download apps on a Windows 10 Mobile device using a Web browser
If you own a Windows 10 Mobile smartphone, you can also install apps to it using a Web browser. This one does not require a Developer Account, but you will need to sign in to your Microsoft account..
Once the installation is completed, you can launch the app to use it.
Windows 10 Mobile apps are on a life line
The Windows 10 Mobile app store is still alive, delivering updates to Microsoft’s own suite of productivity apps – Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. However, it will likely be shut down in January 2021, when support for those apps end.
No new apps are being developed or accepted for Windows 10 Mobile any more, and all support for the platform, including security updates, hotfixes, ended in December 2019. Effectively, Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile are dead, and you should be looking to switch to an Android smartphone or iPhone at this point.
How do I manually install apps on my Windows phone?
In the App list, tap Store. Tap More, and then tap Install local apps. Select the apps you want, and then tap Install. Installed apps appear in the App list.
How can I download apps on Windows Phone without store?
xap file and install it manually. To do so: Find the application you want on http://www.windowsphone.com/.
Click the Download and install manually link down the bottom-left of the page..
Copy the downloaded . ... .
Reboot your phone and wait for 1-2 minutes..
Does Nokia Lumia have Play Store?
Google play store is for android devices only. Your Lumia 535 is a Windows phone not a Android phone. You can only download apps from the store app on your phone. That app will open the Windows store and from there you can download and install the apps you want.
How do I download apps on my Nokia Lumia 925?
Download apps & games.
The Windows Store provides access to the latest music, apps, games, videos, and more to all Microsoft account holders. ... .
From the Start screen, tap the Windows Store tile..
Tap the Search icon..
Tap the Search field, then enter the desired search term..
Tap the desired search result..