Sideloading apps is now enabled by default in Insider builds

by Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
Teodor Nechita
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Sideloading apps is now enabled by default in Insider builds

The launch of Microsoft’s Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18956 brought a plethora of new features to the table.

Some of these changes did not make it into the final version of the official changelog.

One very important feature revolves around the way you can install apps from within and outside of the Microsoft Store.

Simplifying the Developer Settings

It would seem that once you have Windows 10 Build 18956 installed, you will no longer have to choose the “Sideload apps” option in the Developer settings in order to sideload apps.

Additionally, Microsoft removed ‘Microsoft Store apps’ and ‘Sideload apps’ options from Developers settings from Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18956.

The only option left available for you now is the ability to either enable or disable Developer mode. The change is meant to ease the way you manage and install apps from unknown sources.

This is achieved by reducing the amount of permissions you need to give.

More so, this change allows the Developer’s settings menu to be more simplistic and easy-to-use.

Sideloading apps is available even if Developer mode is off

According to John Vintzel’s Tweet:

As of Windows Insider Build 18956, sideloading is enabled by default. Now, you can deploy a signed package onto a device without a special configuration,” Microsoft said in revised documentation about sideloading. Using Windows Insider build 18956? You might notice there is no longer a sideloading setting for #MSIX. Just like .msi or setup.exe we are native to the OS. Developer mode is just an on/off switch now too…

In other words, John Vintzel said that you will now be able to install and run apps that aren’t from the Microsoft Store.

This feature will be available regardless of whether you have Developer mode switched on or off.

More so,  Microsoft is also rumored to be developing and improving of the Magnifier UI, Notification Settings, the overall typing experience, Optional Feature Management Settings and plenty of other yet-undisclosed features.