Installing Downloaded Apps (XAP/APPX) on Windows Phone 8.1

If you have updated to Windows Phone 8.1, you can now sideload apps to your phone with much lesser effort. You can now install downloaded apps (XAP and APPX files) on your Windows Phone even if your device does not have an SD card slot. This is a moment of rejoice for the owners of devices having no expansion slots (like Lumia 1020, 925, 920; etc) as now even they can enjoy downloading apps to PC and then install over to the phone. This is also helpful if you have multiple WP devices at your home and want to install the same app to all or them, or share the apps with a friend who has no data connection. There are numerous possibilities.

With Windows Phone 8.1, there is no limitation about where you place the downloaded XAP/APPX file. Be it in the root directory of SD card, a sub-folder or even the Phone Storage. Just drop your files anywhere inside your phone and they will be scanned by the Store App and then installed.

Transferring and Installing APPX/XAP files on Windows Phone

  1. Download apps or games from Windows Phone Store to your PC. You can follow this tutorial.
  2. Connect your Windows Phone to your PC via a Data Cable.
  3. Explore either the Phone Storage or SD card of your Windows Phone in the PC and copy over the downloaded APPX/XAP file anywhere (but I do suggest to make a separate folder called APPS so as to keep it organized)
  4. Disconnect the phone from PC and open Store app in your Phone
  5. Tap on the 3 dots at the bottom left to open up the menu. Then tap on Install Local Appsinstall local apps
  6. Select the apps that you want to install and finally tap on the install button at the bottom.

Some Tips:

  • You can also install outdated apps. Windows Phone will only update the changed portion of the app and not download the whole app again.
  • You need to have internet connectivity on your phone even if you want to install local apps. The apps are verified to be authentic before installing. This does not consume a lot of data.

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247 Responses to Installing Downloaded Apps (XAP/APPX) on Windows Phone 8.1

  1. wito February 20, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    There’s no install local on my wp store? I pushed the three dot and only three menu no “install local app”
    My phone Acer Liquid M220. Is there anyone can help? Thank you

    • Anonymous March 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm #

      Make sure that the file is a valid file.
      Make sure that it contains digital signature to install local apps.
      This digital signature cannot be downloaded from the internet.
      Also, Make sure that the file(.xap/.appx) is supported by your version and your phone.

      • suraj shaha November 24, 2016 at 5:01 pm #

        I have lumia 540 with windows10 version but my app store not available option”install local app”
        Plz give solution in problem

  2. Yowego feat muslmaan April 5, 2016 at 2:07 am #

    Mene pehale liya rha tab to Ho gya tha but ab mene vi unstal kar Diya and and new pc me download kiya tab bhi install local app option nhi aaa rha h and phir se vohi dubara cgek Kia but kiu option na aaata wtf is wp

  3. issac April 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    i cant locate the local app on my phone store

  4. Abhijit Loing April 25, 2016 at 12:34 pm #

    I have download Ashphalt 8 in XAP file in my lumia 625.Then i opened store..clicked the dot…then i clicked install local Apps..then their Showing Ashphalt 8…i clicked install…But the problem is shows attention required again and again…every time i click attention but Same thing that happened…..i have cleared 4 gb to install it on my phone storage…Now i seems windows will kill us All…what can i do…pls anybody help me….I have no wifi connection too…

    • Anonymous July 21, 2016 at 5:09 pm #

      Asphalt 8 is incompatible with your device. That’s why you can’t download it.

  5. Akrius May 13, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    There is no option “Install Local Apps”
    Can someone please help me?

    • Manish Dasgupta August 23, 2016 at 12:52 pm #

      Microsoft have removed this option. To download official xap file goto the link “winphonehub-apps.appspot.com’.

      Steps to download-
      1] Enter the URL of any app on the Windows Store and click submit.
      2] Now click on the download buttom.
      3] After download rename file to appropriate **.xap , **.appx or **.appxbundle before copying to phone.

  6. Niranjani May 21, 2016 at 10:50 am #

    U can see install local apps only after restarting your phone

  7. Muthuvel May 30, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    I am using Nokia Lumia 730 , Windows 8.1 pro version , But it doesn’t have that facility. Totally Waste device. windows doen’t launch the apps like android.

  8. moeed May 30, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    Did we have to install xap file from PC
    Or we can download from window phone and paste it into apps folder

  9. shweta June 17, 2016 at 11:27 am #

    Do we require windows developer account to install the xap files in windows phone

    • Narender Singh June 17, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

      No you don’t 🙂

  10. Jay? July 5, 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Hey narender….can I download dungeon hunter 4 from uc and can then it will be installed ?? Pls tell me

  11. Jay July 5, 2016 at 10:26 am #

    Heyy!!narinder……i have downloaded a game night chopper.xap but it always showing attention required…i am having option install local apps…….what should I do next plz tell me…ajayawdhut@outlook.com

    • Narender Singh July 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

      Hi Jay!
      What type of file is it? You can only install official and unpatched XAP files via Install Local Apps option. If it is patched/cracked, you need to deploy it to the phone using the XAP Deployment tool.

  12. Gaurav July 12, 2016 at 9:25 pm #

    my phone is lumia 640xl win 8 how could i do this on my phone cuz there is no such options like install local app

  13. Cayo Yota October 12, 2016 at 12:23 pm #

    I have already downloaded asphalt 8 airborn on my Lumia 640 XL which was about 86 Mb, but when I enter the game its showing ( 0.00mb/0.00mb ) then brings ( internet is required ) even when my cellular data is on and very much active. How do I go about all this, I want to play the game

    • Narender Singh October 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

      You might need WiFi to download the additional game data because Asphalt 8 can’t be shorter than 600-700MB.

  14. Hugo October 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm #

    Should I switch off my phone before I see install local file in the store. Because I cant see it now and I downloaded dream league soccer.pls help

  15. Prawin November 7, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    Hi,I have Lumia 525 with wp 8.1.
    I need to install the game dungeon hunter 4 in xap it is showing in install local apps place but I cant install it showing attension required I have more than 2gb space in phone. how to install it? Plz help me

  16. satya November 10, 2016 at 1:25 pm #

    I. can’t see local app aption in my lumia 532 wp10

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