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How to install apps from the Windows Store in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with built-in apps that can help you socialize, stay in touch, share and view documents, organize photos, listen to music, and more, but you can find even more apps in the Windows Store. There are also many great apps that are free, so you don't have to spend any money if you don't want to. If you're new to Windows 10, we'll show you how to install apps from the Windows Store.

First, open the Store. There are two ways to do this. You can go to the Start menu, and select the Store tile (the one with the shopping bag). You can also tap or click the Store tile in the taskbar.

Once in the store, there are several ways to look for apps. You can browse the charts and categories if you're not sure what kind of app that you want. A good place to start would be the Top free apps list. We also recommend checking the Featured list.

If you know the name of the app you want, enter the name into the search box in the upper-right corner of the Store. You'll see results for apps that match your search. The results also show possible matching Games, Music, Movies, and TV Shows because you can get all of these things under in the same Store.

Selecting an app listing displays its description, screenshots, and reviews. Tap or click the install button that displays the app's price. If the app that you want to buy isn't free, you'll need to purchase it. You might have to add a payment method if it's your first time buying a paid app.

After the app is installed, the install button changes to Open. Tap or click the button to start using the app. You can find the app in the Start's app list next time you want to use it. You can also pin it to Start or pin to taskbar for quicker access.

For more tips, we have many more posts like this one in our Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks page.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

65 Comments
  • I bet the transit for UK still doesn't show trains, only buses? Too bad the Nokia transit+ is dead in w10 :(
    EDIT: wrong thread sorry
  • These "How to [insert some dead simple task] in Windows 10" articles are getting a bit ridiculous.
  • Coming up next: How to turn on your Windows 10 PC.
  • I'd say the people that complain about them are a bit ridiculous. I know it's difficult to imagine, but the world doesn't revolve around you. This Actually could help someone at some point when the decide to google "How to install apps in windows 10" The article obviously isn't for you, so scroll past and have a much better day.
  • @J4rod Then please do not read them. The easiest thing you can do on the internet is not read something ;) You are actually going out of your way to comment on something you do not like, which does not sound very productive, lol I have explained before: we are doing these for people new to Windows 10 who are searching for help. Remember, Windows 7 did not have a Store at all. It is very new for those users. If you do not like the articles I ask that you please keep it to yourself as (a) we are going to keep doing them and (b) the criticism is not at all constructive. Thanks!
  • In all honesty though, we need a new app and a filtering system..
  • Think you'll need to explain it a few more times before people get it...
  • My only concern is I feel like WC, which is a top-notch Windows site, is being flooded with low-quality articles like this. I see where you're going and why you're doing it, but WPCentral pretty much only produced high quality and insightful articles; I can't really say the same for Windows Central. I've been reading this site since 2008 and won't stop anytime soon, but I no longer reach for my phone to see what article has been published when I hear the WC toast sound like I did before.
  • Its called balance J4rrod not everything can or should be high end. In 2008 this site was not Windows Central so no exstensive Windows, or Xbox coverage. Its much bigger site now covering a broader range, and a broader audience. So it needs to cover everything from A-Z and for everone. If your major complaint is you no longer reach for your phone when you get a WC toast....then you're making this way to much about yourself....as is the other constant complainers. If you like Windows Central and want it to grow welcome to the real world
  • Ummm,my store isn't working,won't you mind putting an article for it first?
  • If they are doing them, I bet it's because their data shows there is demand for these type of articles. Remember, many normal users are probably receiving their update to W10 everyday. Many of them probably didn't even know there was such a thing as W10 before the update notification popped in their PCs. Unlike us, once they download and install it they don't know a thing about what's new so they have to search for it somewhere. So, just remember not everyone coming here are Microsoft fans out tech savvy people!
  • Windows 7 didn't have a Store. So you're absolutely right. Some people won't know it even exists in Windows 10!
  • There is no way people will not notice it.. Its right there on the taskbar!
    But I do agree that everyone would not know how to download apps on the stor(example my cousin).
  • You wouldn't believe how many people at my old job, using Windows 8.1, had no idea what that "shopping bag icon" in their taskbar was and was scared to click it.
  • Indeed, in fact it is why MS is making the Store more prominent on the new Start menu too. They had very bad discovery issues with the Store in 8.1 via internal data.
  • Does anybody has their start menu displaying solid colour icons for apps after every few days until you change them?
  • So are these endless post by complainers like you
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  • Thanks for the article.. Now I learnt how to install apps from the store :) EDIT:my bro read the article and found it great then just used my phone to make the comment(No sarcasm)
  • Okey, honey.
  • Slow news day???
  • It's a ridiculous article... But the reality is many people still doesn't know there is a whole app store in Windows 10... This article may help them
  • I can't even. Lol. The desperation for new visitors. The articles are getting less and less comments lately... So umm... yeah.
  • lol, you have no idea. We just hit 9 million unique visitors, a 104% increase month over month and 23 million page views up 60% month over month. We're doing gangbusters for traffic. Please, I don't mean to be rude, but let's leave the editorial decisions to the staff here. We know what we are doing ;) Look at iMore, they get barely any comments and still do 10 million uniques a month. Comments != traffic.
  • And traffic != quality The next step will probably be "10 spectacular ways to open the Windows Store on your computer. The 7th will blow your mind". You'll drive even more traffic. Now, I don't mean to sound all self-righteous. If that was my website, I'd probably do the same. You can't please everyone, so better aim for the majority. And I won't pretend to go on another website, since I don't know (yet) any decent alternative to wpcentral. But hey, I can still express my opinion, shared by a few guys here (part of the minority) : wpcentral has gone a long way down.
  • I don't understand how people just automatically think people should know everything about everything. God forbid any of you that are complaining about this article are teachers or parents. Lol
  • There is a limit though, this really is a pretty stupid article. All that needed saying was, Open the Store, follow the pretty obvious self explanitory steps, in other words nothing needed saying at all.
  • and yet, it costs you nothing to skip it and here you are, commenting on it. lol
  • Came here to see people bitch about another "How to" article and wasn't disappointed. Thanks J4rrod!
  • Dear Deniel/Mark Guim.
    We have read so many articles on Windows 10 but we need many more.
    I tried "show and hide upadate" but it didn't work for me. I tried resetting windows update component and history also but those also didn't work! Please show some options to reset windows update in Windows 10. Thanks.
  • Are people defending this article really trying to suggest that the concept of an app store is so foreign to Windows 7 PC users that such a simple task has to be explained? How can any rational person think this when more likely than not the vast majority already own a smartphone or tablet? Or are those billion android devices floating around all connected to Macs (which incidentally also includes a store)? Did they all just get back from Mars or travelled back in time and such mundane tasks dont exist any more?
  • To most people, apps and Android/iOS go hand in hand. On the contrary, when most people think of Windows, they don't think of apps at all. They think of x86/x64 programs that you download from the web or install from a disc. I had to explain to many co-workers that Windows 8 has a store with thousands of free and paid apps and games. It blew their minds.
  • You highly over-estimate the technology literacy of the majority.
  • Even a Kid knows how to install apps from Store !!
  • I have seen kids use computers much more proficiently than adults. As a matter of fact, I was much more proficient with PCs and phones than the adults who grew up with them.
  • Kids have grown up with this stuff. Put a 63 year old dad, who's only ever worked hard labor, in front of a Windows 10 machine and ask him to find the store and install an app. Please post the results.
  • What is the meaning of this artical? Everyone knows how to download apps in 2015.
  • Cool, Thanks for you input. Next.
  • How about condensing these how-to guides into just a couple of articles? It's a heck of a lot of text for something that could be described in 1/5 the space...
    Free up your editors to write proper content. Get us back to the good days of this website when you used to write insightful, considered articles. Less of these how-to's, the crap WC Store discounts, & the annoying affiliate link revenue generating 'Amazon sale' articles.
    Come on...
  • I for one am glad they wrote this article, as a Windows Developer I appreciate any attempts to make the App Store more visible to the common folk (yes, there are people out there who don't follow Windows Central). I bet a gold shilling that this result will be at the top of "the Googles" for those people.
  • Same here - I'm sure some previous Windows 7 users imagine "downloading more software" will always require dodging around ads on shady websites to find an EXE. This will help them realize that this is 1) an option 2) better 3) the future
  • Really? Please dont let Windows Central go as moronic as Android Central.
  • Here's the thing, we are not driven by what people say in comments. We are driven by analytics. Humans and their gut feelings are terrible decision makers.
  • Sorry, but people who don't know how to get an app from the Store, need to learn how to actually use the internet first, to be able to read this article. Please stop publishing more of these. I doubt anyone really lears anythig from them.  
  • Lol these basic articles are honestly going to make me go to Neowin or another site and never come back. This type of article is called click bait and is meant to generate ad revenue while providing fluff. It's 2015, everyone knows how to install apps. Also, it's Windows Central. Everyone who visits this site is rather technical. It's not like non technical people have this site bookmarked. I don't think my techless grandma has this site bookmarked so she can learn how to install apps. Not to mention, the dude who runs the site is running around insulting readers. Great way to make people come back.
  • The whole 'Central' brand is messed up, i gave up on Android Central a long time ago because it had turned to trash.
  • I agree with you on the last part. Editors who are saying "don't read the article" or other sarcastic stuff need to take a step back and think twice before they do. It's not a very friendly way of handling criticism. I haven't seen many editors on this site that listens to it and embrace it in a mature way. It's more like: "Yeah, it doesn't matter what you say because you're stupid and we do whatever we want." I'm sorry to say it but it's such a "I'm smarter, better and more successful than you" spirit on this site. I consider stop following it because of this and because it's more and more cluttered with ads and "Windows for dummies"-articles. It used to be better. Sorry.
  • "Lol these basic articles are honestly going to make me go to Neowin or another site and never come back. "
    I mean, fine, but it's a hollow threat. We are the #1 Windows site in the world right now (try Alexa) and you will have to come back eventually ;)
  • Don't kid yourself Dan. The way you speak to people isn't particularly endearing.
  • Off topic, but is there any way we can change the default download and install location for Store apps? My C drive is too full of apps.
  • Time to invest in a new drive. Ghost your current drive and restore it to your new drive. Problem solved.
  • Problem is not solved if it's a tablet and the drive cannot be replaced.
  • That feature is coming in a future W10 update.
  • I'd love to install some apps but my store is broken and still won't work even after a complete reinstallation.
  • Can any please tell me how to sideload apps in windows 10 PC? I have some .XAP files downloaded and i want to install on windows 10 PC but there is no option in store to sideload them. Any help would be appreciated.
  • Sadly the store is still going nowhere. Still the same fake apps. There’s nothing interesting to install.
  • This may be useful for the people who have upgraded from Windows 7 and have never used the new tiled interface of Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.
  • I like the fact that every writer at windowscentral is now deleting my comments from all posts. This shows the respect and power of truth. Truth wins..,
  • Very good. Hope it will have app in windows 10. Thanks you. Máy xông hơi Coming up next: How to turn on your Windows 10 PC kaka  
  • Well, I wish I could install apps. Still isn't working for me. Updates still can't be downloaded for already installed ones , nor can I install new apps.
  • I get some apps from Google Play.Many of useful and free apps .I get some help to download android apps from this guide : http://goo.gl/kgZnXC
  • How can I install apps for all users on PC? What am I doing wrong? When I install an app from the store, all other users on the PC have to install the app again to use it? That can't be right! I want to install the app once, and let all users use it under their login account. Help, maybe?
  • The junky "apps" that the store offers are crap and of little use to real Windows users (you know, the 98 percent of us who want Microsoft to create a grown-up operating system and real software applications). The apps are perhaps appealing to Microsoft mobile users (all 12 of them). Microsoft has lost the mobile wars and just needs to admit it, cut its losses, and move on. The company needs to sharpen its focus on enterprise and business. It's painful to watch the company squander resources in a vain attempt to be consumer-y and appeal to hipsters; it ain't gonnna happen, and that's not what Microsoft's core users need in any case.
  • Wow. How disappointing.  This is my first week of using Windows 10 and my apps weren't installing properly. I read this article hoping it would help me out (it didn't) but instead I got to read a bunch of people whinging and sniping that I should innately know how to solve the problem myself.
  • Sorry this doesn't help me. I've been trying to install an app but it says something is wrong on their end??? and for me to wait awhile. I've done that and still it doesn't install. What's up with that???