Is there anywhere to find and download Windows Phone 8/8.1 apps?

I haven't been able to find anywhere to download them.

  • There are websites like appx4fun.com that let you download apps in XAP/APPX format, but I'm not sure if it's possible to actually install them in a phone without using the Store app. Also, it's very much possible the download links themselves (usually hosted on 3rd-party file sharing sites) have expired.
    – Indrek
    Sep 20, 2020 at 5:57
  • Found a link to a Telegram group from AAWP, where you're supposed to be able to download XAPs: t.me/W8Mobile . I haven't checked it myself as I don't use Telegram, nor WP 8.1, but it might be worth a shot.
    – Indrek
    Sep 21, 2020 at 8:40
  • Trying out the Telegram group now..
    – bingmole
    Dec 9, 2020 at 17:53

2 Answers 2


No, the Windows Store closed for Windows 8.1 closed last December. Officially, the OS fell out of support back in July 2017.

  • Thanks..I guess my question was more about whether there are unofficial channels still hosting old apps. Maybe in forums or on BitTorrent perhaps, maintained by enthusiasts and former developers..?
    – bingmole
    Sep 21, 2020 at 5:15

I have never did it, but you can deploy xap files, and you need to developer unlocked your phone, I recommend see here: https://www.techmesto.com/developer-unlock-windows-phone/

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