Apps + Store

Getting apps from Windows Phone Store

You'll find apps and games by the thousands in the Windows Phone Store – Microsoft's virtual entertainment shop for your phone. Many apps are totally free, and others let you try before you buy.

You can visit the Store from your phone, and browse the Store from your PC, Mac or tablet.

The Windows Phone Store
Browsing the Store on your phone


To shop from your phone

  1. In the App list, tap Store Store Tile. If prompted, sign in with your Microsoft account.

  2. Pan down to browse featured apps or games, or swipe over to browse other collections and categories. If you know what you're looking for, you can also tap Search Search icon. When you find an app or game you want, tap it.


    Once you've tapped an app or game, on Overview, pan down to see screenshots. Swipe over to see customer reviews, details and related apps. Tap Share (or More More icon > Share) to send someone a link to the app or game.

  3. If an app or game is free, tap Install to download it. Otherwise:

    • Tap Buy to pay for it (you'll be prompted twice).
    • Tap Try to download a free trial version (if available).


    Depending on your mobile operator, app and game purchases may be added to your phone bill. To pay with a credit card instead, after tapping Buy, on the Confirm purchase screen, tap Add or switch payment methods. From there, you can switch to another payment method or add a new one. For a list of mobile operators that support mobile operator billing in each country, see Mobile operator billing on Windows Phone Dev Centre.

  4. Look in the App list for new apps or games you've bought. (It might take several minutes for an app or game to finish downloading.)

Explore the Store on the web

Browse top charts: free or paid, best-rated or new and rising. Flick through categories or take a look at the apps and games we've picked for you – all on your PC, Mac or tablet. Open your favourite browser and go to, then click Apps+games.


  • Some apps and features won't work on phones with less than 1 GB of RAM. To see how much memory your phone has, check the manufacturer's website or your phone's documentation.
  • Windows Phone Store may not be available in your country or region.

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