Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Deploying a Windows Phone 7 (WP7) app on a phone without using windows phone marketplace

During the development of an application it is mostly required at a certain point to test the application in question, on the target platform. Since, this is most certainly desirable before the app is published to the marketplace, it needs to be deployed without using windows market place.

Here is how it can be done in 4 simple steps:

1. .XAP file which is produced as a result of the build and should be available in Bin/Debug or Bin/Release (we used Visual Studio 2010 to build our app) [1]

2. Install Windows Phone Developer Tools

3. Install Zune Client Software

4. Register the device using the Windows Phone Developer Registration Tool that is included in the Windows Phone Developer Tools. [2]