How to: Install Cracked/Patched XAP on Windows Phone

You’d already know that Windows Phone devices do not support the installation of Apps or Games other than the ones that arrived from the Windows Phone Store. So, if you’ve found a cracked or patched application installation file (XAP/APPX) or if you are a developer and have developed a new app, you cannot just put it into the phone and install it. In order to install prepackaged or cracked apps, you firstly need to have a Developer Unlocked Windows Phone Device and then the app needs to be deployed to the phone using a PC.

Deploying XAP using Windows Phone SDK/Mini SDK

  1. Firstly, make sure that you have a developer unlocked Windows Phone (7/8/8.1) device. If you don’t, follow this tutorial to unlock your phone. It’s free.
  2. Download the Windows Phone Mini SDK or the Full SDK as needed (download links in the above tutorial). However, if you have a developer unlocked phone, chances are that you already have it installed on your PC; so skip.
  3. Connect your Windows Phone Device to your PC using a Data Cable.
  4. Click on Start and type Application Deployment. Then launch the Application Deployment app.application deployment start
  5. Set Target to Device.
  6. Click on Browse in front of the XAP field and locate your downloaded (cracked) or self-packed XAP file.
  7. Make sure your device’s screen is unlocked. Then click on Deploy at the bottom right of the window. aaplication deployment windows phone sdk
  8. After a few seconds, the application will show a XAP Deployment Complete status.
  9. The app has been deployed. You can now disconnect your phone and start using the deployed app.

Other Tools to Deploy Apps to Windows Phone

There are a couple of other capable tools to  deploy apps to a Developer Unlocked Windows Phone Device, such as Windows Phone Power Tools and XAP Deployer. But because these require your phone to be developer unlocked already and during the process of developer unlocking you also get the official Application Deployment app, we decided to choose that over anything.

Where to get Cracked Apps?

There are many websites providing downloads of cracked Windows Phone XAP files which can be deployed to the phone. A simple Google search can take you there.

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105 Responses to How to: Install Cracked/Patched XAP on Windows Phone

  1. MILAD July 18, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    I have problem to connect device

    Statuse : Faild to connect to device at is developer locked …!

    • Narender Singh July 18, 2015 at 9:51 am #

      Did you unlock the device for development? If no, do that now and then you’ll be all set to deploy apps.

  2. soumya thakur August 6, 2015 at 10:06 pm #

    by using these i am able to install how many apps in my wp

  3. Paparika August 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm #

    Even after using 8.1 SDK Lite, Its showing similar issues. I cant also install any appx files too. How to get direct download links from Microsoft site as earlier for offline installations.

  4. lol September 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    if this application deployment only avaible on windows 8

  5. Ashpak Sheikh October 16, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    After hitting the button deploy its showing error “class not registered” please tell me what to do now

    • Narender Singh October 17, 2015 at 7:28 am #

      Where did you get the app from? It seems like the package is not meant for sideloading.

  6. Sai swaroop kakarla December 30, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

    I hav a doubt ! I hav blu win jr windows phone 8.1 it hav windows 10 update also available! Now doubt is if I jailbreak my phone (developer mode enabling) , iz it stops windows 10 update !

  7. kiran January 9, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    xap is invalid

    • MeJe March 11, 2016 at 4:08 am #

      same problem!!!!!!!

  8. Alex RF January 13, 2016 at 5:03 pm #

    xap can’t deploy an app. the app deployer gives me an error: cannot find the central directory. how do to fix?
    (i ‘m using the sdk 8.x v1.2.x for app deployment.)
    can you help me?
    yesterday i’ve tried a reinstall of VS2015 on my PC (Windows 10 64bit).

  9. Deepjyotu Baishya March 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm #

    Sir, I do not install apps my Lumia 630 using full sdk . Please help .

  10. Aditya March 10, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    is XAP a different software .. if yes where can i get it.

  11. ajeesh March 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    can we directly install xaps to the sd card…………….???

  12. Prince kushwaha May 2, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Hey bro can you tell me how can i install xap files on window 10 lumia 535 i tried with appx files and they get installed but when i tried installing xap it says you can’t install company app

  13. Prince kushwaha May 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm #

    Sir reply fast

  14. komaro May 5, 2016 at 4:18 am #

    Wait I need a fucking account to install apps on my fucking smartphone?
    WTF is this shit?
    Trying to imagine as some example myself wanting to install winrar on my own pc, and having have some account on some specific website to do it. Not being able to just put the winrar installer on a pendrive, or ssd, or cd or dvd and then installing it on pc through it, or just going to the winrar oficial website and downloading it and installing it, or asking someone else to sent the installer through my email to then get it and install on my pc,…..

  15. money June 10, 2016 at 2:58 pm #

    How do I jailbreak my kabonn titanium wind4 windows phone8.1 plz suggest

  16. Kartik July 29, 2016 at 8:20 pm #

    Lumia 535 is it developer unlocked?

  17. Ishraq August 10, 2016 at 1:14 am #

    only decrypted xap files are installable through WindowsPhone Xap deployer..and its working on Windows 10 Mobile without dev unlocking..cause Windows 10 Mobile Os is already dev unlocked..

  18. dymond October 29, 2016 at 2:26 am #

    Can anyone help me generate my activation code to access my one drive account .. Please let me know so I give you my phone details. Thanks

    • Narender Singh October 29, 2016 at 11:34 am #

      Didn’t get you, buddy. What exactly are you talking about?

    • dymond November 3, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

      I cant access my store on my htc 8x .. Anytime i try to log in am being asked to enter activation code.. Can you help me with that. Please

  19. Takuu November 4, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Getting error xap file is invalid

  20. bernard December 4, 2016 at 12:01 am #

    help!! after hitting deploy gettimg error
    “fix the capabilities in wmappmanifest.xml file”

  21. Bakecrew420 December 29, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    1.) What’s the difference between an APPX and XAP file?

    2.) I have two files on SD:

    I would like to instal both of them but the Application Deployment shows result: XAP file invalid. Also tried over WPV XAP Deployer etc…

    Lumia 535 / Windows 8.1. / Developer: ON

    Why may I not see appx files and why is not possible to instal them?


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