How to Add Apps to Xbox Series X or S

It's just like adding games

What to Know

  • Press the glowing middle button on the controller. Select Store > Apps > pick a category > select app > Download/Get.
  • For paid apps, select the one you want to buy and press A. Press A again. Select Buy to charge the app to your account.
  • Select Free Trial to try a paid app before buying it.

This article explains how to download apps (free and paid) on the Xbox Series X and S.

How to Add Free Apps to Your Xbox Series X or S

Adding free apps to your Xbox Series X or S is as simple as downloading games, but you need to know where to look. Here's what to do.

  1. On your Xbox dashboard, press the glowing middle button of your Xbox Series X or S controller.

  2. Scroll down to Store and press A on your controller.

    Xbox Series X dashboard with Store highlighted
  3. Scroll to the left of the store.

  4. Scroll down to Apps then scroll right to pick a category.

    Xbox Series X store with Apps highlighted
  5. Select the app you want to download and click it.

    Xbox Series X/S store with Disney+ app highlighted
  6. Click Download/Get.

    Xbox Series X/S store with Get highlighted when downloading an app
  7. The app is now stored in My Games & Apps on your Xbox dashboard. 

How to Add Paid Apps to Your Xbox Series X or S

Adding a paid app to the Xbox Series X or S is a very similar process to free apps. There are generally fewer paid apps out there but you might find one useful. Here's what to do.

  1. On your Xbox dashboard, press the glowing middle button of your Xbox Series X or S controller.

  2. Scroll down to Store and press A.

    Xbox Series X/S dashboard with Store icon highlighted
  3. Scroll to the left of the store.

  4. Scroll down to Apps then scroll right to pick a category.

    Xbox Series X/S Store with Apps highlighted
  5. Select the app you want to download and open it by pressing A on the controller.

  6. Press A again to buy the app.

    Some apps offer free trials so you can try out the product. If you wish to do this, select the Free Trial option.

  7. Press A on Buy for the item to be charged to your linked credit card or PayPal account.

    Xbox Series X/S store with a paid app displayed and the buy button highlighted

    You may need to add a payment method if you haven't done this before.

  8. The app is now stored in My Games & Apps on your Xbox dashboard. 

The Types of Apps Available on Xbox Series X or S

There are many different types of apps available on Xbox Series X or S. Here's a quick overview of what you can find.

  • Free movies app on Xbox Series X. The Xbox Series X or S has many free to download movie streaming apps. These include Netflix, Apple TV, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video and many options that are region-specific. You'll need a subscription to use them but many have free trials.
  • Music streaming apps. Apps like Spotify, Deezer and Soundcloud are available to download, making it possible for you to listen to your favorite music through your Xbox Series X or S.
  • Apps for gamers. As primarily a games console, the Xbox Series X or S offers apps for streaming through Twitch, the EA Play Hub app for receiving exclusive EA content, and the Halo Channel for keeping up with all things Halo.
  • Media playback apps. Want to watch Blu-rays on your Xbox Series X or S? You'll need to download the Blu-ray player app. If you have content stored on your network then VLC is also a good option, allowing you to stream content directly from other locations within your home network.