Windows Phone 7: How to get apps from Marketplace?

Get apps from Marketplace

On your phone or from your PC, get apps and games wherever you are.

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Check out Marketplace—Microsoft's virtual store for apps, games, and other entertainment for your phone. Many apps and games in Marketplace are free, while others let you try before you buy.

Before you try or buy an app or game:

Apps on the phone

Get apps on your phone
  • On Start, tap Marketplace Marketplace tile.

  • Tap Apps.

  • Flick left or right to see top, new, or featured apps, or browse categories. When you find an app or game you want, tap it.

  • If you want to install a free app or game, tap Install twice to confirm and download it to your phone.

  • If you want to buy an app or game:

    • Tap Buy to buy a paid app. Or tap Try (if available) to try it.

    • Do one of the following:

      • If you're trying an app, tap Install.

      • If you're buying an app, tap Buy, select your payment method (either a credit card or a charge to your phone bill), and then tap Buy again.


    By default, purchases are added to your phone bill (if this service is available from your mobile operator). Or you can use a credit card: in the Confirm purchase screen, tap Change payment method, and then tap Add a credit card. (Or just tap Add a credit card.) Follow the steps on the screen.

    Confirm purchase screen on phone
    "Confirm purchase" screen on phone

  • It might take several minutes for the app or game to download and install, depending on its size. A progress bar on the details screen shows the status.

    • To check the progress of an app or game you're downloading, tap Check install.

    • To pause a downloading app, on the Marketplace Downloads screen (tap Check install or the download link at the bottom of the Marketplace Hub), tap and hold the item, then tap Pause. To continue downloading it, tap and hold, and then tap Resume.

  • Look for your new apps in the App list (on Start, flick left). Look for your new games in the Games Hub (on Start, tap Games, and flick left to Collection).


Looking for a specific app or game? From Marketplace, press the SearchHardware icon search button button. To learn more, see Search for stuff.

Get apps on your PC
  • Connect your phone to your PC using the USB cable.

  • On Start, click All Programs, and then click Zune.

  • If you're not signed in, click Sign In, and then sign in with the same Windows Live ID you used to sign in to your phone.

  • Click Marketplace > Apps. Under Devices, click Windows Phone.

    Zune Marketplace apps for windows phone 7 screen
    Zune Marketplace "apps for windows phone 7" screen

  • Browse for an app or game by clicking a genre or using the Search box.

  • Click the app that you're interested in, and then click Free trial or Buy to try or buy the app or game. Or click Free to install a free app. Follow the instructions on the screen.

    If you want to add a new credit card to your account, you can add it from the Zune software on your computer (click Settings > Account > Add a credit card) or go to the Zune Account Center.

    Zune Add a credit card screen
    Zune "add a credit card" screen

  • To see apps and games on your phone, disconnect it from your computer. Look for:

    • New apps in the App list (on Start, flick left).

    • New games in the Games Hub (on Start, tap Games, and flick left to Collection).

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  • Apps sync directly with your phone and are not added to your Zune collection on your computer.

  • If you purchase your app from Zune while your phone is not connected to your PC, the app will be downloaded over the air within 24 hours. If you subsequently connect your phone to your PC, your items will continue to download over the air.

  • Marketplace may not be available in your country or region.

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