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

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for 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.