Opening a DevCenter Account without DreamSpark from your University

We have previously seen how to create a DevCenter account with the help of DreamSpark if you’re a Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) student of those universities with which we have signed DreamSpark Premium account.

A DevCenter Account is required in order to submit free and paid apps to the Windows Store and Windows Phone. If you are a school, university or a college student and you do not have a DreamSpark Account, you can follow the following four simple steps to create your DevCenter Account:

Step 1: Create Account in DreamSpark for Students and Get Verified

  1. Go to

  2. Click on Students and then on “Create Account”

  3. Fill up the required Account information and click on “Continue to verify”

  4. Next you will see the following page, select “I can supply documentation”

  5. Fill up the required fields. As Evidence you can attach your Identity Card or your current progress report. Say, if you are attaching your ID Card, name the image as “ID Card” and in “Name On Evidence Document” write “ID Card”, i.e. the name of the attachment should match “Name On Evidence Document”. Once you have filled all the required fields, click on “Submit”


  6. Next you will see a message that says “We have received your submission. We will review your documentation and reply through email within 3 to 5 business days”

  7. Within 3 to 5 business days (Usually it takes only a day), you will receive an email from Microsoft DreamSpark. Click on the given link.


Once you’re at this stage the rest are pretty similar to our earlier post on mapping and creating new DevCenter account.

Step 2: Map your Account

  1. Clicking on the link will take you to a page which says that your academic status has been successfully verified. At the bottom of that page you will find an option to Map your Accounts.
  2. Clicking on “Map Your Accounts” will lead you to Microsoft sign in page. Once you sign in by entering your Microsoft ID (live/Hotmail/outlook) and password, you will receive a message saying that your account has been successfully mapped. Click on “Continue”

Step 3: Get Your Registration Code

  1. Go to, go to students and sign in to your DreamSpark for Students Account that you have created earlier.
  2. Next go to students > app development > Windows Phone 8 Learn More
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page you will navigate to. Under “Publish your app” you will find the option “Get your registration code” in red. Click on it.
  4. Next you will see the following page, click on “Get code now”
  5. This is your registration code (see picture below)


Step 4: Create DevCenter Account

    1. Go to
    2. Sign in using your Microsoft Account ID and password
    3. Go to Dashboard, where you will be asked to “Register as an app developer”, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “Accept and continue”
    4. Next you will be prompt to either enter the last 4 digits of your phone number or your alternate email address, so that Microsoft can send you a security code over either mail or SMS.
    5. Enter the security code you received via email/SMS
    6. Next you need to select your country. You cannot change the country and account type later on.
    7. Select an account type. There are two types of Accounts – Individual and Company. As you are using DreamSpark Code to open DecCenter Account, you should select individual as your account type.
    8. Then fill up the Developer Account Information and click “Next.” Note: Do not use comma while entering address
    9. Read the Agreement that will come next and check the box that says “I accept the terms and conditions of the App Developer Agreement”. Then click on “Next.”
    10. Next you will navigate to Payment Option. Select “Use a token” and enter the registration code you acquired in step 3 and click “Next”
    11. Go through the Purchase Summary, if everything looks fine go ahead and click “Purchase”, otherwise click “Back” and edit
    12. You are done! If you are planning to submit free apps, just click “Done.” But if you want to submit paid apps too, you need to set up your payment account and tax profile

Note: You can set up or edit your payment account and tax profile later from your Dashboard.

Congratulations! you now have DevCenter account. You will also find DevCenter for Windows Store in the Dashboard of your Windows Phone DevCenter and vice versa.

Article courtesy: Anika Sayara