How to use a different account to sign in to the Store on Windows 10

The Windows Store on Windows 10 opens up access to a whole world of apps, games, music, movies, and more. Purchases from it are automatically available on up to nine devices — provided they're all signed into the same account. Thankfully, if you want to share apps and media between devices (say, for a family), it's easy enough to switch accounts in the Windows Store to download and install them!

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to use a different Microsoft account in the Store.

How to sign in to the Windows 10 Store using a different account

  1. Open the Store.
  2. Click the user icon next to the search box in the top-right.
  3. Click the user account currently signed in.

  1. Select the account and click Sign out.

  1. Click the user icon next to the search box in the top-right.
  2. Click on Sign in.

  1. If your account isn't available in the list, click Microsoft account.

  1. Enter your alternate account information you want to use in the Store and click Sign in to complete the task.

Once you completed the steps, you'll be able to make purchases in the Windows Store with the payment option associated with the new Microsoft account.

If you're switching accounts because you're trying to install an app on a computer that is not associated with your Microsoft account, you can do the following:

  1. Open the Store.
  2. Click the user icon next to the search box in the top-right.
  3. Click on My Library.

  1. Click the Install (downward arrow) button next to the app to complete the task.

And don't worry, the app won't uninstall when switching accounts back.

If you're using a local account, it's worth pointing out that recent changes allow users with a local account to download free apps and games from the Store without a Microsoft account. However, you'll still need to use these steps to add an account to buy apps, games, and other digital entertainment content.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

11 Comments
  • Anyone know how to share movies purchased from Windows store with family members?
  • Public folder.
  • Sign in to the Movies and TV app on their device with your Microsoft Account and they will see your movies.
  • Wow, it works on W10M too! Now I can share my apps with my wife :)
  • I have multiple Microsoft accounts and my 1520 is set up with my photography company's Microsoft account but I signed into the store so I can play games and use Enpass from my personal Microsoft account that I use on my other Windows phones, tablets, Xbox and computers. You can actually do this with any Microsoft app that you can sign into. This change came with the release of Windows 10 and it was key to a project that I worked on where we rolled out 50 devices, 5 different Microsoft accounts but all 50 signed into the same Groove Music account so that students can access the same audio book library that is stored on one account's OneDrive. Windows Phone 8.x didn't allow individual sign in like that so our project scope didn't hit it's stride until Windows 10 Mobile became available. I do the same for Movies and TV, able to watch the movies on anyone's device by simply signing in.
  • Is there a way that I can make purchases in the US store from Germany?
  • Not really. It's only possible if you've got an American Credit/debit card associated with a bank account there and then you can pay in $.
  • Just get an US gift card from Amazon, eBay or any other place and remember to change your Windows region to US when you want to buy stuff from the US store. You cannot order music or movies/TV that way (the Xbox store actually checks your region) but it works nicely for apps. Also you need to add an US address to your MSFT account so this trick works.
  • Oh and if you're getting your gift cards from Amazon US you nerd to add an US address to your Amazon account as well. This address isn't checked so just pick any you can find on Bing and you're good to go.
  • I made the mistake of doing this a few months back for a friend but theres an issue with removing your account afterwards, you remove but as soon as app reopens its there again so the other stuff in OS will bring up my account when user tries doing other stuff related to needing an ms account which can be confusing to the other user.
  • Wait, so this would allow you to buy an app or game for someone else intheir computer? Wouldn't the purchase be associated with the account you log into?