Run an existing Universal Windows App (UWP) Package with HoloLens Emulator

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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.

Device Portal

Device Portal

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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.

Device Portal - App Manager

Device Portal – App Manager

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.

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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”’.

Newly Loaded App from Package

Newly Loaded App from Package

The Emulator will load the new App and which eventually will also appear in the “Ruining Apps” list

App Loaded in to HoloLens App Manager

App Loaded in to HoloLens App Manager

 

Running App from App Package in HoloLens Emulator

Running App from App Package in HoloLens Emulator

This App Manager section is really useful to manage your apps and packages. Play around and explore it more !

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5 thoughts on “Run an existing Universal Windows App (UWP) Package with HoloLens Emulator

  1. I have a hololens. This is a good overview but I think you are missing one more screen capture, that of viewing the file browser to select appx. It is not clear to uninitiated really what file is used for the deploy. It is definitely not the exe, nor in my unity build can I find a file with the appxbundle or appx extension.

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    • Is it ur Unity app ? or Windows Universal App ? You should be able to see .appxbundle inside the package folder . You can load this. Are you getting any specific.

      And I didn’t add that screen intentionally… as it is just browsing file name .

      Let me know if this helps.

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