See the bottom of this table for some helpful notes and background.
Directory updated 16th February 2018
This is a bookmarkable pair of pages of the top 1000 or so applications that should be a useful aide-memoire after a hard reset if rebuilding a phone from scratch or, perhaps more appropriately, a great place for a new Windows 10 Mobile user to start.
This is a companion page to this one, with all the general, news, reference and utility applications.
- FAQ: I don't mark new entries as 'new' in any way because there's no point - you already know what they are as we've featured them on the front pages of AAWP over the last month. These reference pages are just that - for reference. For newcomers and for people looking up recommendations.
- Thanks to the AAWP community for suggestions so far (e.g. in the comments below), this is a crowd-sourced project!
- Not included (obviously) are games. They're here. Also not included are applications which come with every phone, such as the core Windows and Lumia apps.
- Yes, I know that a couple of entries are in two categories. Just trying to be helpful!
- Implemented as a table, I've kept the width right down, now with just two columns, in order to be phone-friendly. In other words, you can view this article on your phone and, depending on the link and the item, dive right into an app, its page and then download it. In theory!
- I've broken down our recommendations into categories, to be helpful. No doubt things may get tweaked in time!
- Most applications will work equally well on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile, but there may be one or two small incompatibilities here and there. I've started marking Universal Windows Platform apps with 'UWP' after the title, but it'll take more updates of this feature before all universal applications are changed/marked, plus a 'UWP' annotation doesn't necessarily mean that there's no 8.1 version - often the same Store entry covers both versions and the right variant is served up, according to phone OS.