Reinstaller bumped to version 1.7 with improved interface

Reinstaller is a free little app available for Windows Phone that aids consumers in starting fresh on a new handset, or when reseting a Windows Phone. The app essentially does exactly what the name suggests - it reinstalls apps already purchased by connecting to

Once the user has logged in and connected Reinstaller to the official Windows Phone website, Reinstaller pulls down all previously installed apps (both paid and free downloads). Instead of searching the Store for each and every app you've previously owned, Reinstaller provides a useful shortcut.

The app has recently been updated to version 1.7, which includes a new interface to match changes applied in the past to, as well as the change applied to reflect the fact the Windows Store doesn't report different categories. Check out the new look in the screenshots below.

Overall, the new interface looks great and is in-line with the main colour scheme of Windows Phone. Check out our review of the Reinstaller app for a more in-depth look at the service available and how to use it effectively.

You can download Reinstaller from the Windows Phone Store for free.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • This is pretty sweet.
  • Maybe the new version will work, for some reason when i installed a 7.8 rom, the last verson did not work did not work...
  • It wasn't because of 7.8 that it stopped working. The reason was that Microsoft changed the Marketplace and the reinstalled stopped working due to that. The developer told me in an email, a few weeks ago that he was working on an update.
  • I think what would make this nice is if I could logon from my old phone and take a snapshot of the apps installed on it... then logon to the new phone and have it "reload" the snapshot.
  • Yeah it's annoying it can't filter out what is / isn't currently installed. Saving an installed list (snapshot) would be cool
  • Does anyone know if this will work on the same phone after changing the name of my Microsoft Account?
  • As long as you have a history in an account (and you know the password to it :-P ) it will load from the account. Doesn't matter who's account.
  • Just found an issue with the new version. I tried to use the reinstaller, but it only read a 125 apps. I have more than 600 apps with around 100 paid and the rest free. The 125 included paid, free and trials. Some games, others apps. Developer notified.
  • 100 paid + 500 apps? Really??? I get by with about 12. lol!
  • I use about 10 regularly. 100, to me seems . ... Really??? 100??
  • Paid apps are mostly games. I don't have everything installed but this is my history of installed apps.
    I intend to stick with Windows and Windows Phone. So sometimes buy apps just to support developers. Especially the ones that I think should develop more and who I think believe in the Windows OS. Plus, I became disabled 6 months ago, and now spend the time mostly in bed...playing with my screen toys.
  • Yeah I used to have over 300 (mostly free or trials), now I'm down to 174. This is possibly due to changes at the MS end :/
  • *down to 174 to reinstall. I don't have that many apps/games currently installed
  • This happens to me also, I had over 1000 on the last scans before the problem and now it only scanned 220, and when trying to install it crashes. Such a shame... Its an awesome tool!!!
  • How will this work on WP8? Same list, sure, but can it install all things at once? Check list style?
  • I believe, it will stay check list style and you will have to hit INSTALL every time it jumps to your next item. Which is okay for me as without this tool, it gets tough trying to think which apps to install, especially if you have as many apps as I do.
  • This comes in handy when you mess with ROMS. Glad its working again.
  • Does it reinstall apps that have been removed from the marketplace?