Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Windows RT 8.1.


Install and uninstall apps on Surface RT or Surface 2

Apps help you get things done with your Surface and have some fun. Surface comes with many built-in apps, but you can find even more in the Windows Store.


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

To find apps to install from the Windows Store, you’ll need to be connected to the Internet and you’ll need to sign in using a Microsoft account (an email address and password). If you sign in to Surface with your Microsoft account, you’re all set to explore the Store and install new apps.

If you sign in to Surface with a local account, you’ll first need to switch your local account to a Microsoft account to be able to install apps. To learn how to switch (or if you’re not sure which kind of account you’re using), see Switch a local account to a Microsoft account.

Your Microsoft account keeps track of the apps you install, your preferences, and your payment methods.

Find and install apps from the Windows Store

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

Step 1:

On the Start screen, tap or click Store to open the Windows Store.

Step 2:

In the Store, you can find apps in a few different ways:

  • Browse featured apps and lists. Drag your finger across the screen to browse apps. The storefront lists top free and paid apps, new and rising apps, best-rated apps, and more.
  • Use the top menu to explore apps. If you’re looking for a certain type of app (like a travel app or a game), tap or click Categories, and then tap or click the category you want. Or, tap or click Top charts to find popular apps.
  • Search for apps. If you know the name of an app you want, or you’re looking for apps by a specific publisher, enter the name of the app in the search box.
Step 3: Tap or click an app to learn about it and to read reviews.
Step 4:

Tap or click Install, Try, or Buy.

  • Install is displayed if the app is free or you’ve already bought it.
  • Try means a free trial version of the app is available.
  • Buy means that the app isn’t free and the price is shown.

Add or edit your payment method

Apps that you buy are charged to the payment method, such as a credit card, associated with your Microsoft account. Here’s how to add or edit your payment method:

Step 1:

On the Start screen, tap or click Store.

Step 2:

Tap or click Account, and then tap or click My account.

Step 3:

Tap or click Add payment method or Edit payment method, edit any necessary info, and then tap or click Submit.

Buy apps for kids

If your child uses their own account to sign in to Surface, they probably don’t have a payment method attached to their account to buy apps. You can buy apps for your child, or install apps that you already own for them. For more info, see How to buy apps for kids.

Use Apps view to find all your installed apps

After you install an app, you’ll find it listed in Apps view:

  • On the Start screen, slide up from the middle of the screen to see Apps view.
    (If you’re using a mouse, click the arrow Down arrow near the lower left corner of the Start screen.)
Tip
You can pin apps to your Start screen so they’re easier to find an use later. For info about pinning apps, 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: On the Start screen, tap or click Store.
Step 3: Tap or click Account, and then tap or click My apps.
Step 4: Under Apps not installed on this PC, swipe down on or right-click the apps you 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

You can easily uninstall an app you no longer use. Here’s how:

Step 1: On the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap or click Search, and in the search box enter the name of the app you want to uninstall.
Step 2: Press and hold, or right-click the app tile, and then tap or click Uninstall.
Tips
  • If you uninstall a built-in app, such as Music, you can reinstall it from the 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 My 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 Windows Store apps

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: On 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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