Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Windows RT 8.1.


Install and uninstall apps on Surface RT or Surface 2

Some apps, like Mail, Calendar, and People are pre-installed on Surface—they're already on your Start screen. You can install more apps from the Windows Store.


Important
Surface RT and Surface 2 only run built-in apps or apps that you download from the Windows Store.

Get Windows Store apps

You can find Windows Store apps by searching from the Start screen, or you can go into the Windows Store app and find them there. In the Windows Store, apps that work best your Surface appear first.

Sign in to the Windows Store

To browse or shop the Windows Store, you need to sign in with a Microsoft account. Your Microsoft account keeps track of the apps you already have, your preferences, and your payment methods.

To sign in or out of the Windows Store:

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
(If you’re using the desktop, tap or click Store in the taskbar.)
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings, then tap or click Your account. Here you’ll see one of two things:
  • A Sign in button—This means you’re not signed in to the Store. Tap or click Sign in and type your Microsoft account info (email and password).
  • Your account information—This means you’re already signed in. Here you can add a payment method, sign in with a different account, and see other PCs associated with your account.

Find and install apps from the Windows Store

Here’s how to find and install apps from the Windows Store:

Step 1:

In the Windows Store, find the app that you want to install by doing any of the following:

  • Browse the storefront. Drag your finger across the screen to browse apps. The storefront shows top picks, apps that are popular now, and top paid and free apps.
  • Browse by category. Swipe down from the top edge of the screen to see apps by category, like Games, Sports, or Lifestyle. Tap or click a category to see apps in the category.
  • Search from within the Store. In the Windows Store search box, enter the name of the app you’re looking for, and press Enter.
Step 2: Tap or click an app to learn about it and read reviews.
Step 3:

Tap or click Buy, Try, or Install.

  • Install is available if an app is free or you’ve already bought it.
  • Try means a trial version of the app is available. You can try before you buy.
  • Buy means that the app isn’t free and the price is shown. Apps that you buy are charged to the payment option associated with your Microsoft account. To add or change the payment option on your account, see Add, edit, or remove a payment method and view billing history.
Notes

Use Apps view to find an installed app

After you install an app, find it in Apps view. Here's how:

  • On the Start screen, swipe up from the middle of the screen to open Apps view.
    (If you’re using a mouse, click the arrow Down arrow near the lower left corner of the Start screen.)
    You’ll see a list of apps that are installed on Surface, with newly installed apps labeled NEW.
Tip
For even quicker access to an app, pin it to your Start screen. For info about pinning and unpinning apps from the Start screen, see Getting apps.

Install apps that you installed on other PCs

If you’ve installed an app from the Store on another PC, whether the app was free or paid, you can install it on your Surface, too. Here’s how:

Step 1: Sign in to Surface using the same Microsoft account that you used on your other PC.
Step 2: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 3: Swipe down from the top of the screen or right-click, and then tap or click Your apps.
Step 4: Under Apps not installed on this PC, swipe down on or right-click the apps want to install on Surface.
Step 5: Tap or click Install to install the selected apps.
Note
Some apps are designed specifically for Windows 8.1 and don’t work on Windows RT 8.1. Since Surface RT and Surface 2 use Windows RT 8.1, they can’t run those apps.

Uninstall an app

App commands at the bottom of the screen

You can easily uninstall an app you no longer use.

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Search, and in the search box enter the name of the app you want to uninstall. (Or, find the app by swiping up from the bottom of the Start screen to open the Apps view.)
Step 2: Press and hold the app's tile, or right-click the tile if you’re using a mouse or touchpad. A row of options appears at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Tap or click Uninstall.
(If you want to uninstall the app from all your synced PCs, tap or click Uninstall from all my synced PCs, and then tap or click Uninstall.)
Tips
  • If you uninstall a built-in app, such as Music, you can reinstall it from the Windows Store.
  • The Mail, Calendar, and People apps appear in the Store as a single app called Mail, Calendar, and People.
  • Apps that you installed will appear in the Store under Your Apps, even after you’ve uninstalled them from Surface.
  • Office apps that were pre-installed on your Surface RT or Surface 2 can’t be uninstalled.

Update apps from the Windows Store

Windows Store apps are periodically updated by their publishers, and the updates will automatically download and install as they become available.

However, sometimes, you might want to check for app updates manually. Here's how:

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap or click Settings, and then tap or click App updates.
Step 3: Tap or click Check for updates.
Step 4: If there are app updates available, tap or click Install.
Tip

It’s best to leave automatic app updating turned on. While in the Store, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings, and then tap or click App updates. Make sure Automatically update my apps is set to Yes.



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