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Apps dropping support and leaving the Windows Store is no big news these days. With more and more big names dropping from the Store, it looked like Microsoft had started abandoning the Store too, at least for Mobile users. Most of the UWP apps on Mobile are lagging way behind their PC counterparts and haven’t been updated since months.

One of the glaring example of this situation is the Microsoft Photos app. While the Photos app on Windows 10 PC is great, the Mobile version is still a terrible mess. No new features since February 2017, multitude of bugs and horrible performance, the app is a perfect example of UWP gone wrong. Fortunately somebody has discovered a fix for that.

The new Photos app, though not available for Mobile, is still being compiled for ARM. That means, technically, it will be able to run on Windows 10 Mobile. There will be issues as it is not optimized for the OS, but hey, something’s better than nothing. Right?

Before moving on to the guide, let us warn you. This is not an official procedure, so if you are not sure, don’t read anymore. If you still want to move on, then here it is,

  1. Open Settings> Update & security> For developers, and select Developer mode.
  2. Download Interop Tools from this link and install the files in Dependencies>ARM.
  3. Now download the new Photos app from here and extract the contents into Internal Storage> Documents.
  4. Make sure to have a extraction software to extract the files, like 8 zip.
  5. Open Interop Tools and go to General>Applications>Deployment
  6. Find the Photos entry in the Applications list and delete the one with a library icon. If this doesn’t work, make sure to delete all the other entries for the Photos app too.
  7. Now go to Register>Browse and navigate to Device>Documents>Photos and select AppxManifest.
  8. Wait for a few moments and then go check your All Apps list.

You’ll have the new Microsoft Photos app on your Windows 10 Mobile device with all the latest features. It’s not the fastest app, but it works better than the current supported version.

  • Milan Nakum

    Error 0x80073cf9 – contact software vendor..

    • Pallav

      When are you getting the error?

      • Milan Nakum

        When trying to deploy through latest InterOp tools.

        • Pallav

          Did you delete all the entries associated with the old photos app?

          • Nope.. Not detailed in the article.. Please update the article..

          • Pallav

            I will. Thanks for the heads up!
            But did it work now?

      • Milan Nakum

        It might be because of already installed default Photos App.

  • faisal

    Same here

  • WPJ

    I wouldn’t trust those apps from unofficial sources, guys. Even if their intentions appear to be good.

    • Pallav

      It’s the official Microsoft Photos app. Nothing has been changed much.

  • eternal

    Delete this article. Not working.

  • Peter Paul Johnson

    working great, perfect, thank you

    • Tengo Gachechiladze

      You can’t select pictures or insert them into other app! I’ve installed this app for a month ago! But then I uninstalled

      • i can…. :/

        • Tengo Gachechiladze

          Are you signed in onedrive or not?

          • Nope

          • Tengo Gachechiladze

            Sign and then you will see how it’s really “works”

  • its work, great , thanks

    • elgigante360

      Upload to Onedrive works fine?

  • Guillermo R

    No “applications” under “General” in interop tools. Just certificates and device info….

    • Guillermo R

      Updated to .96 version of interop tools and now tried, getting 0x80073cf9 error…

      • Pallav

        Delete all the entries associated with the Photos app and try again.

        • Guillermo R

          did that, and again Error 0x80073cf9…. tried installing stock potos app from the store and again, deleted every entry related to photos, tried to register the package, and error 0x80073cf9…

  • Ana Loggana

    On our what?

  • elgigante360

    How reinstall the normal photo app? Thanks

    • Pallav

      Uninstall this one. Head to Windows Store, search for Microsoft Photos and install it.

  • John Gear

    Guys what devices arw you using?

  • Surain Edirisinghe

    It worked on my 640XL, thanks a lot…! though a bit slower,,,

  • John Gear

    I was able to install and it works but whenever I tap the select all button to like delete multiple photos, the app crashes..so i uninstalled it and reinstalled the photos app for mobile. thanks for the tut and he info on this one.

  • John Gear

    by the way I am using 950XL

  • Surain Edirisinghe

    Turn on Power Saver, then it works smoothly