Universal Windows Platform

Side Loading and Packaging in Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform Applications.

In Windows 10 UWP development, we we can upload an app to the Store or distribute that to other users directly by side loading the app package to a device. For that, first we need to create the app package and then side load it to the device.

Let’s start from zero 🙂

First, here I’m discussing to show how to package an app. Right click your application and select Store -> Create app package. It will show a popup screen like the following screen and give option to upload to store as Yes or No.  Select “No” and click “Next”.


The system will now ask for package output location and supported architecture, like the following screen. Fill in the required details, click “Create”, and wait until it creates the app package.

After completing the package creation, it will show the screen like below.

Now, let us see how to side load the app in Windows 10 devices.

Go to your app package folder and run the “Add-AppDevPackage” file, using power shell, as shown in the following screen.

It will ask for your permission to install the application. Press “Y” to continue. After your app is successfully installed, you can check your app in the application list.

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About the author

Rezwanur Rahman

Rezwanur Rahman is the Software Engineer graduate from American International University - Bangladesh. He is the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) on Windows Insider program. He is the former Microsoft DX-intern and Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Lead from Bangladesh. He is a programmer and software developer since 2012 on desktop, mobile and web platform. Subscribe and get updated for new blogs, news and updates.

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