The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) enables one app to run on every Windows devices running on Windows 10. In my previous post – “Bringing Your Universal Windows Apps to Microsoft HoloLens”, you have seen how we can create and run a new Universal Windows Apps in HoloLens. Now you may wondering, do we always need to create and run new Apps ? or is there any way that we can run our existing Universal Apps packages in HoloLens emulator? . Well, the answer is Yes ! we can easily do that Using “Windows Device Portal” for HoloLens.
Open the “Windows Device Portal” by clicking in the Portal icon from the HoloLens Emulator.
Navigate to “Apps” tab and open the “App Manager” windows.
The Installed Apps section will listed all the installed apps. we can select them to run it on emulator or even we can remove them. Running Apps section shows the list of currently running app in emulator. We can remove any Installed or Running App from this section.
To Load and Run an Existing Packages, Browse the App Package
For an existing Package, select the appxbundle or appx file from the browse dialog option and then click on Go. This will loaded the packages and display a “Done!” messages when it is successful. It will display error message incases there are errors.
Once done, go back to Installed Apps Dropdown – You will have your newly loaded App listed
Select the app from dropdown and click in “Start”’.
The Emulator will load the new App and which eventually will also appear in the “Ruining Apps” list
This App Manager section is really useful to manage your apps and packages. Play around and explore it more !