Students: how to set up your free Windows Phone dev account with DreamSpark

Are you a student?  Good news!  You can publish Windows Phone apps free with your DreamSpark account.  This process is a little different from setting up a dev account to submit an app to the Windows Store.  In this case, you will need to map your DreamSpark account to your Microsoft account that you use to sign in at

First go to and click on students.


Sign in at the top right.


Click on app development.


Under the Windows Phone section, select Windows Phone 8 Learn more.


You can download the Windows Phone 8 SDK to the left.  To the right, click on map now.


You will be asked to sign into your Microsoft account.  This is the account you use to sign into to submit your Windows Phone 8 apps.


Once you’re signed in, scroll down and click on Windows Phone 8.


Verify that your account is mapped at the right.  And don’t forget to download the SDK if you don’t have it.  You don’t need a product key for this.


Now go to and sign in at the top right.


Once you’re ready to submit an app, you can provide your app info and upload your XAP(s) here.


Comments (4)
  1. dinesh says:

    Sir… I got  dreamspark account from my college. When i try to login iam not able to login sir even tried forgot password also. When i try forgot password i got error msg like we cant find your email id. Please help me I want to submit app

  2. suraj patil says:

    please check ur email id and check all emails from dream spark it is named as noreply@msacademic…. , then click on it and u vl c navigate to option. click on the link provided ur email id vl get register. and then click on forgot password..

    try it out, i think ur prb. vl b solved…

  3. autumn says:

    i have a problem with my credit card, my credit card wasn't verified, help me

  4. carlo says:

    why is my school not valid here? so unfair. 🙁

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