How to download apps on a Windows phone
Read on to learn how to:
- find and access your phone’s app store
- search and browse for apps of interest
- download and organise your phone’s apps
Follow these step by step instructions to download apps on a Windows 10 phone
Step 1: On the Start screen, scroll down to ‘Marketplace’.
Step 2: Tap ‘applications’. This will take you to a range of categories for you to browse. Alternatively, if you know which app you’re looking for, tap on the ‘Search’ button at the bottom of the screen and type in the name of the app you want.
Step 3: Tap on the app you want and then tap ‘Install’ at the bottom of the screen
Step 4: The phone will verify your purchase and if this is the first time you’ve purchased anything from the app store, it’ll take you to a screen to set up an account.
Step 5: Put in your date of birth and tap on the tick at the bottom of the screen. Then tap on ‘Accept’ to agree to the terms and conditions of the app store.
Step 6: Your phone will take a moment to set up your account and then you’ll see a message with details of your new account. Tap on ‘Done’ to complete the process.
Step 7: Now that you have an account, Windows will ask to you confirm that you want to install the app you originally selected. It will remind you of the name of the app, the publisher and the price. Tap on ‘Install’ to proceed with the purchase.
Step 8: Your app will now begin to download and install. You can exit the process and carry out other tasks on your phone while this is happening, but you can check the progress at any time by returning to the app store and tapping on ‘Check install’.
Step 9: Once the app has installed, you can find it in the ‘Games’ folder on the homepage.
Step 10: Once you’ve downloaded a number of apps, you might decide that you’d like to organise them in a more convenient manner. One way of doing this is through the App Folder app. Download the app from the store and then create a folder. Give it an easy to remember name and add the apps you want before pinning the folder to your Start screen to save you having to scroll through hundreds of apps to find the one you want. You can create as many folders as you need to make life simple for yourself.
Step 11: Alternatively, go into your Games folder and pin all the apps you want to organise into a new folder to the Start screen.
Step 12: Once you’ve done this, long tap one of the apps to go into the edit mode. Drag and drop one app onto another to create a new folder and then drag all the other apps you want to add into that folder. Give the folder an appropriate name so you can find it easily.
Step 13: Once you’re done, tap anywhere outside of the folder to exit edit mode. You can long tap to drag the apps to reorder them so your most used are at the top of the folder.