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Facing issues with installation of Apps / Games on Your Windows Phone. Try this tutorial.

If you are facing issues with installation of some Games or Apps on your windows phone, then you are certainly not alone. Usually, such issues occur during installation of Games or Apps with big download and bigger installation size. Asphalt Airborne 8 is such an example and I faced lots of issue while installing this on my Lumia 1320 review unit. So, in spite of having more than 2.5 GB free phone storage, it was giving me “memory” errors. What are my options then? In fact there are two more options.

Remote installation:

Windows phone

Login to on your PC / Tab and remember you have to login to windowsphone site for your country / market. Once you are logged in, go to “Apps+Games” and you can install or reinstall the apps / games on your phone remotely from PC, as seen in the above and below screenshots. You may also need to update your phone number, before it can work for you. Once you will click on install or reinstall, it will try to remotely push the installation to your phone and will notify, if installation begins on your phone.


MicroSD card installation:

So, if remote installation doesn’t work and you have MicroSD card support on your device then, you can try MicroSD card installation. Go to your desired game or app in WindowsPhone store on your PC, and as shown in above screenshot click on “Download and Install manually”. This will prompt you to download a XAP file. Once done, you can transfer this XAP file to MicroSD card by connecting your phone to PC. After transferring XAP to MicroSD card,

  1. On Start Start button, tap Store Marketplace tile, then tap SD card. If you’ve just inserted the SD card or added the .XAP files, you might need to wait a few minutes before you can access your SD card from the Store.

  2. Select the apps you want, then tap Install. Apps that can be installed are listed under Compatible apps. You’ll need to have the latest version of the .XAP file from the Store on your SD card before you can install it. If you don’t have the latest version, it’ll be listed under Incompatible apps.

In fact, I was able to install Asphalt: Airborne 8 on my Lumia 1320 with help of MicroSD card installation. So, try these options in case you are facing issues with installation of games or apps and let us know how did you find this tutorial?

Nayan has more than 10 years of experience of covering Technology and innovations. He is a big Nokia fan and Tech disruptions aficionado. He loves to review new cool gadgets and writing about Android, iOS, Gadgets and general Technology stuff. He has been associated with other well-known Tech sites WinCentral and GadgetOx since long. He currently sports a Lumia 950 XL and Nexus 5X. Other interests include listening to Nu-Metal Hits and Kick-Boxing. Write to him at Email: [email protected]
  • Jay Parab

    Please help me…There is no install from sd card option in store.I restarted the phone done the sd card removal and all but still i cant see that option

    • Kamal

      What OS version is your phone running?

  • hemang


    I m having very strange problem in which Game / App installed shows in app history but it not shows in MENU or either in Game Hub or in Manage SD card option.
    So Where the App or game has gone? kindly help.

    • Nisha

      did u try to re-install?

      • hemang

        I had tried everything, app is not located on my sd card nor my phone, but in download history it shows as INSTALLED app, i am not been able to install it again because first i have to uninstall it. I dont know what possible reason for that and how to get rid of this?
        Looking for help

  • Ravindra

    Why is my Lumia 530 not showing apps installed on sd card after restart?

    any one pls help me.

    • Kamal

      Remove the SD card (Storage sense) and then re-insert. This may fix your issue.

      • Ravindra

        All the things i do but problem is still. My sd card is class 10 (8GB).

      • Blacky

        Hi Kamal,

        I tried to download Axis mobile app on my new lumia 530 dual sim phone, the app was downloaded but does not show up anywhere. When i try to check it in the store it shows already installed.
        Please help

        • Kamal

          That’s strange.Go to storage sense and check whether you can find it under apps & games on phone or SD card

          • Blacky

            It does not show up. But if i check in history downloads in Store it comes up. Please advise what can be done in this case.

  • Can someone help me out I installed Asphalt 8 on My Lumia 1320 and as per the store its installed but does not show in the App List.How do I uninstall It or get it to show.

  • i have installed apps on SD card on my micromax win 8.1 phone, after phone restart all apps seems to be crashed.

    • Kamal

      You may need to check you SD card for erros or reformat in worst case.

      • Amaan

        i have formatted the sd card several time from the phone, resetted phone several time, nothing helps.

        1. i reset my phone with all sd card and phone clean up
        2. after reset install apps on sd card and phone
        3. restart phone
        4. apps in sdcard shows grey icon and crash whenever launched
        5. phone apps works perfectly

        win 8.1 version: 8.10.12393.890

        what to do?

        • Kamal

          Your SD card may have become corrupt, sadly.

          • Amaan

            Sd card working on other phone, but not working on the micromax w121, problem with the phone sadly. even after phone replacement its not resolved so it must some malfunctioned driver mapping problem.

  • Anmol thakur

    Hey Kamal…I m facing a big problem to which u might find any solution…. My problem is that…I downloaded asphalt 8 airborne from…. And I transferred it to my SD card and then restarted my phone…. Then I went to my store in windows phone 8.1 and selected install local apps option…. But asphalt 8 airborne didn’t appeared in it…. Plz tel me stone solution about it… Plz bro.., tell me fast

  • Sanjeev

    Lumia 525
    big disappointment
    asphalt 8 not working
    tried every method mentioned

  • j

    same here

  • Harpreet

    Same problem arise in my lumia 525

  • Sumii

    Yes..i ve download it 6 times and tried to install,but it shows unsupported aaps and games catagory in my Lumia 525 too..plz help.

  • saurin patel

    when i install asphalt 8 on my lumia 525 by sd card then it shows unsupported games & apps.what am i do?

    • Kamal

      Have you downloaded the latest version of Asphalt 8?

      • im also ysing lumia525 i downloaded version, but is hsowing unsupported apps and games

        • UNKNOWN


  • Never seen such problems. Always as usual on digital systems.

    • Kamal

      I faced it for the first time with Lumia 1320. Though remote installation may also be useful in case you have to help some less tech savvy friend or older people 🙂

      • What could be easier than usual installation from market. If there’s good connection but appears problems it would be better to make factory reset.

      • ghhh

        Wow youre a huge help bro. Thanks. But can we download flash playerd to watch videos from the ie?

        • Kamal

          Flash is not available for Windows Phone 🙂 or iOS or even latest Android versions. Glad to know it helped you.

          • rap

            Again, thanks for your fast reply. Im done with almost everything you said until the part where it is compatible yet it won’t install on the SD card, still in the phone which cannot happen because my memory isn’t sufficient. So what should I do now?

            • Kamal

              It never installs on SD card (will do so in windows phone 8.1). You have to store it on SD card and then open the store on the phone for it to appear. Your phone must have enough memory to install the game. You can try uninstalling some other big games and then make some phone memory free.

          • rap

            Please help. I can’t put the six guns in the SD card tho it still has 1.6mb free