I used Project Astoria to dump the Android phone my college forced me to use, and you can too

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It was just a couple of weeks back we say the Project Astoria documents getting leaked followed by a bunch of tools to install Android app on Windows Phone. While it has been helping everyone to get their favorite app on Windows Phone, we have found a very useful way to use it especially for the college students. Most of the college release apps for the Android and iOS platform and ignore Windows Phone as there are not many users. This proves to be a problem for students with Windows Phone. If this is the problem with you, then we have found a way to get those apps working on your Windows Phone using the same Project Astoria tools.

Below is how to do that.

  1. Search for your college app on Google Play Store using PC and then copy the link of the app.
  2. Paste the link on downloader-apk.com and download the apk.
  3. Open the “APKToWin10M” app. If you don’t have then get it from Here.
  4. Connect your device using the pairing code.
  5. Now drag and drop the apk in the box and hit install.

That’s it. Now you will have the app installed on your device. We think most of the college apps should work as they don’t require Google Play services and don’t have complex codes.

Here is the screenshot of my college app running successfully on Lumia 830.


So what do you think about this hack. Are you able to get your college app successfully. Let us know in the comments section.

Note: All tools an indeed side-loading itself may cause you legal issues or damage your device and is of course at your own risk. Also keep in mind that obtaining APKs of free or paid apps may be illegal in your area, so we recommend you to check local law before going forward or, else better avoid these tools.

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