How to Purchase Windows Phone Apps & Games Using the Wallet

The Wallet app in Windows Phone is the place where you can store information about your debit or credit cards, Microsoft gift cards, PayPal accounts, boarding passes and even event tickets. But how do you use all the data stored by this app? In this guide we will see how to use the data stored by the Wallet app to purchase apps and games on your Windows Phone smartphone.

IMPORTANT: In this guide we assume that you already have some financial data added to your Wallet app. If you want to take a quick look at how to add credit or debits cards, read this guide: How to Add Credit or Debit Cards to Your Windows Phone's Wallet.

How to Buy Apps From the Windows Phone Store

Open the Windows Phone Store by using its Start screen tile or its entry in the Apps view.

In the Store, find the app that you wish to buy.

Then tap the app to open its page in the Store.

Among other details regarding the app you selected, you will also see its price displayed beneath the name of the app.

On the bottom of the app's main screen you will notice two buttons: try and buy. If you're not yet sure you want to buy the app, you can install a trial version, by tapping the try button. If you are sure that you want to purchase the app, tap the buy button.

Next, if you chose to buy the app, you are asked to confirm the purchase. Notice that the default payment option you've set in your Wallet app is already selected.

If all is OK, tap again the buy button to confirm your purchase. Windows Phone will briefly display a screen while your purchase is committed and then it will simply start to download and install the app.

On the Confirm Purchase screen, if you don't want to use the default payment option or you'd like to add a new one, tap Add or switch payment methods.

This action will open a new screen, where you can select another payment method from your Wallet or you can add a new method by tapping the plus button, found on the bottom of the screen.

If you chose to add a new payment method, Windows Phone will open the Wallet app, where you can add a new credit card, debit card, PayPal account or other payment options. You can find more details about adding credit or debit cards to the Wallet app, here: How to Add Credit or Debit Cards to Your Windows Phone's Wallet.

How to Buy Games From the Windows Phone Store

Buying games from the Windows Phone Store requires the exact same steps as when buying apps.

It's worth mentioning that you can open the Games section of the Windows Phone Store directly from the Games hub. You'll find a link in the Collection section of the Games hub, as well as in the Spotlight section.

In the Spotlight section you will find promoted games. You can use the links available for these games to open their pages in the Windows Phone Store and buy them.


As you can see from this guide, buying apps or games from the Windows Phone Store is quick and easy as long as you set up your Wallet and add the necessary financial information in order to perform transactions.

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