If you own an Android device, you know you can install apps from the Play Store from your desktop browser. All you need to do is sign in with your Google account, click the Install button next to an app, pick your device, and the app will be installed. Microsoft is rolling out something quite similar for Microsoft Store apps. You can now remotely install Microsoft Store apps on Windows 10 devices from your web browser. You’re no longer restricted to installing them through the Window Store app, and you can install them on multiple devices.
SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.
This only works on devices that are connected to a Microsoft Account. If you use a local account with your desktop, you will not be able to install apps remotely.
Remotely Install Microsoft Store Apps
Visit the Microsoft Store in your browser. You will need a link to an app page. Try visiting this page for the Netflix app. Once there, look for the sign in option at the top right. Click it and sign into the same Microsoft account you use on your desktop(s).
Once signed in, look at the Install/Play button and you will see a more options button next to it. Click it and select the Install on my devices option. This will open a window where you can select the devices that are connected to your Microsoft account. Once you’ve selected the devices, the app will install whenever those devices are online and have an active internet connection.
This works in all browsers i.e., you aren’t limited to using Edge to see this option. We should point out though that this feature is very rough around the edges. The option doesn’t seem to appear for all users and can even disappear after appearing a few times. This might have to do with the feature not being ready just yet. Perhaps it accidentally went live. It wouldn’t be the first time there was a problem with the Microsoft Store.
If you don’t see the option just yet, wait a while. It might be in a poorly administered beta that Microsoft is having trouble containing. The good news is that once this feature is available for everyone, it will make installing apps from the Microsoft Store much easier. It’s yet another incentive for developers to put their apps in the Microsoft Store and another good reason for end users to use it to download apps. All that remains to be seen is when the feature will actually roll out to all users. Let’s hope it doesn’t take more than a few months.