It’s easy to download apps and games from the Windows Phone Store and install them on your phone, but you can also transfer, or sideload, them from an SD card to your phone (if your phone supports an SD card).
To download .XAP files from the Windows Phone Store on the web
- -Open a web browser and go to www.windowsphone.com.
- -Click Apps + Games, then click the app you want to download.
- -Scroll down on the web page, then click Download and install manually (below the app requirements and supported languages).
- -When prompted, save the .XAP file to a location on your computer, SD card or storage device.
To install apps and games from your phone’s SD card
- -Insert an SD card that contains one or more .XAP files into your phone.
- -On Start , tap Store , then tap SD card.
NoteIf you’ve just inserted the SD card or added the .XAP files, you might need to wait a few minutes before you can access your SD card from the Store.
- -Select the apps you want, then tap Install.
- -Apps that can be installed are listed under Compatible apps.
- -You’ll need to have the latest version of the .XAP file from the Store on your SD card before you can install it. If you don’t have the latest version, it’ll be listed under Incompatible apps.
- -Installed apps appear in the App list and games appear in the Games Hub. Depending on the specific app or game, you’ll be able to use them as follows:
- -Free apps and games can be used immediately.
- -Paid apps and games that have a trial will be available as a trial version that you can purchase later.
- -Paid apps and games without a trial must be purchased before you can use them.