Apps + games

Deleting or reinstalling apps

Deleting an app or game removes it from your phone and frees up space. It also removes any information it may have contained – such as notes in an app or saved files for a game. So you should remove apps and games with care.

To delete an app

  1. In the App list, tap and hold an app, then tap Uninstall.

  2. When asked for confirmation, tap Yes.

To delete a game

  1. On Start Start button, tap Games Games Tile.

  2. In Collection, tap and hold a game, then tap Uninstall.

To reinstall apps from your phone

If you accidentally delete an app, or ever have to replace your phone, you can reinstall apps or games you've bought without paying for them again (as long as they're still available in the Windows Phone Store).

  1. On Start Start button, tap Store Store Tile.

  2. Tap Search Search icon to find the app or game you want to reinstall.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • If it's a free app or game, tap Install.
    • If it's a paid-for app, tap Buy. On the confirmation screen, you'll see a message saying that you've already purchased this app. Tap Install to install it again.
  4. Follow the instructions to reinstall the app.

To reinstall apps from your computer

  1. Open a web browser on your computer and go to

  2. From the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the screen, sign in with the same Microsoft account (formerly Windows Live ID) that you use on your phone.

  3. In the same drop-down menu, click Purchase history.

  4. Under Purchase History, find the app you want to reinstall and click Reinstall.

  5. Follow the instructions to reinstall the app. You might have to re-enter your Microsoft account information.


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