How to get Insider build apps without running Windows 10 Insider Builds

How to get Insider build apps without running Windows 10 Insider Builds

Anyone can join the Windows 10 Insider program. Microsoft warns users that the builds you get on the Insider Program aren’t as stable as the stable version of Windows 10 which is true. This is precisely why users don’t use, or if they do, they use it on a spare PC. The Insider Builds not only get the newest planned features for Windows 10, they also get newer versions of stock apps which sometimes have new features. If you want to get Insider Build apps but do not want to run an insider build, you can.

Get Insider build apps

To get Insider Build apps, you need to join the Insider Program. Don’t worry though, you will not be installing any insider builds.

The first thing you need to do is open the Settings app and go to the Privacy group of settings. Go to the Diagnostics & Feedback tab, and select the Full option under Diagnostic Data.

Next, go to the Update & Security group of settings. Select the Windows Insider Program tab, and join the Insider program. Select the account you want to associate with it. It will then ask you what type of content you want to receive.

Select the ‘Just fixes, apps, and drivers’ option. Confirm the content you want, and then restart your system when prompted.

You will not be updated to an Insider Build. Open the Microsoft Store app and check for updates. Any updates that are available for the stock apps will now appear in the store. Install the update for whichever app you want.

Now that you have the newer version of the apps you want, you can opt out of the Insider Builds because you obviously don’t want those builds.

Open the Settings app, go to Update & Security, select the Windows Insider Program tab, and click the Stop Insider Preview builds button. You’ll see a prompt asking what you want to stop. Select the Stop Insider Builds completely option. You will need to restart your computer.

The app update will stick even though you’re no longer on the Insider Builds. I managed to get the new version of the Snip & Sketch app which finally lets users save snips in JPEG format.

One thing you ought to know is that insider build apps are less stable than the ones you get on the stable Windows 10 channel. The apps aren’t going to crash your system, so if you ever find an app update breaks the app, you can uninstall it and when you install it again, the stable version will be installed.

If you’re on the stable version of Windows 10 and the Microsoft Store won’t download new, stable versions of an app, you can fix that pretty easily.