How to manually install .xap app files in Windows Phone 8 Nokia Lumina 720?

Dr.sunil V July 8, 2013

The app file is not available to install directly from Windows Phone Store, but provides option to manually install. But on trying to manually download and install an error like: Cannot install company app followed by description, which is not clear to interpret.

  1. mukesh
    October 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    but some apps are not even showing up in the app list

  2. Sudip
    July 13, 2013 at 5:58 am
    • Dr.sunil V
      July 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm


      Appending a sub-question to your answer : Can you pl clarify how to move app file to sd card?

      alternatively , how to know which files are on phone memory and which files are on sd card?
      A file explorer is not available

    • Susendeep D
      July 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      Microsoft only allows installation of apps into internal memory.

      Also,till now,there's no system wide file manager in Windows Phone(WP). So,all you can try is to view such files in computer.

    • Drsunil V
      July 23, 2013 at 12:38 pm


      And if file is moved to sd card through computer?

  3. Hovsep A
    July 8, 2013 at 10:05 am

    you need sd card transfer the xap there and on your phone SD card pick and install the application from there. xap files are encrypted on windows store, unencrypted xap files like the ones you make are easier to install.

    perhaps you need Dev account that will unlock the phone so that to be able install xap

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 9, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Thank you

      An error mentioning like " this is company app , not installed" avoids installing an app manually

      Windows phone store mentions that an app has to be installed manually (if it is not installable automatically in store )

    • Hovsep A
      July 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Company app distribution for Windows Phone

      if windows store tell you it must be installed manually then you have to do it, now why is not possible check above link.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 14, 2013 at 11:59 am


      I very much understand your point.

      Pl note that for installing manually it has to be moved to SD card first.
      When I downloaded an app from mobile browser , it did not show where on phone it got downloaded and gave the error I mentioned.

    • Dr.sunil V
      July 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      Also the section of apps on sd card is not available in wp8 app store!

    • Hovsep A
      July 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      i think you have to make developer account so that to unlcok the phone??

      you can contact the developer to get the file if you need then the developer can advise you better if unlocking/extra coding are needed.

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