Downloading apps to your Windows Phone

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The Windows Store lets you download games, apps, music, and programs to any Windows computer or mobile. You can use your PC or Mac to download apps directly onto your phone too if you'd rather browse and read descriptions on a bigger screen.

 

Downloading apps to your Windows Phone

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Windows Phones have the Windows Store pre-installed, so they're ready to go right away. The steps below take you through finding apps and navigating the store.

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Open the store (it's the shopping bag app on the Start screen).

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Press the search icon at the bottom of the screen (it looks like a magnifying glass). You can search by name, or by the type of app you want.

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Tap the name of an app to read more about it.

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If you want to download it to your phone, press Install.

If you just want to browse apps, open the app and swipe the screen to the left or right to show different sections of the store.

 

Reinstalling previously used apps

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If you want to re-download an app, you can view a history of all of your previously used apps in the Windows Store.

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Open the Windows Store on your phone.

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Tap the three-dots icon to open the menu.

3.

Press My apps.

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A list of all the apps you've ever downloaded using your account will appear.

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Tap the one you want to download and press the Download button.

If you want to download them all in one go, scroll to the bottom and press the green arrow - just make sure you've got enough room if there are a lot.

 

Updating apps

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Apps will usually update automatically, but sometime big updates needs to be activated manually. To do this, open the apps list as above and tap any apps with an 'update' icon next to their name. 

You can quickly see if any apps needs authorising by looking for a notification on the Store icon on the Start screen.

 

Downloading Windows Store apps via a PC or Mac

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You can browse the mobile store on your PC or Mac and download apps straight to your phone. The steps below show you how.

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Select Explore - My Phone.

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Sign in to your account using the same name and password you use on your phone.

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Find the app you want to download by searching for it or by browsing through the categories.

5.

Click the name of the app to read a full description, reviews, and view screenshots.

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To download it, select Install ('Install' will be replaced with 'Buy' if you need to pay for it).

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Confirm that you want it to install the app.

Hopefully that's you sorted, but if you need more help, you can get in touch with a Team Knowhow Expert here.

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