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.

Install apps from the Windows Store

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

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 2: Make sure you’re signed in with your Microsoft account.
Step 3: 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. You can tap a category, such as Games, to see more apps.
  • Browse by category. Type the name of the app you’re looking for. You’ll see results that match your search.
  • Search from within the Store. Swipe in from the right-edge of the screen, tap or click the Search charm, and then type the name of the app you’re looking for.
Step 4: Tap or click an app to learn about it and read reviews.
Step 5: 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 on Surface 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 down arrow in Down arrow )
    A list of apps that are installed on Surface displays, and newly installed apps will be shown as NEW.
Tip
For even quicker access to the 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

Once you install an app from the Store on another PC, whether the app was free or paid, you can install it on your Surface, too. If you installed apps on another Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 PC, use the following steps to install the same apps on Surface.

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 that are designed specifically for Windows 8.1. Apps that you installed on a PC running Windows 8.1, may not work on your Surface RT or Surface 2 because these run Windows RT 8.1.

Uninstall an app

App commands at the bottom of the screen

If you no longer use an app, you can uninstall it.

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, or right-click the app's tile.
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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