How to download .sis files from the Ovi store on the Desktop

Ok, so sometimes it would be nice if you could download a .sis (symbian install file) from the Ovi store on your desktop. This is handy to copy a load of stuff to install to your phone en masse or perhaps to get around flaky Ovi store issues or a slow 3G/wifi connection on your phone.

It’s really easy!

  1. Go to
  2. Sign in.
  3. Make sure your mobile is selected:
  4. Browse to the app you want, e.g. Nokia Battery Monitor
  5. Change the URL to the following scheme by appending “/download”:
  6. Install as you wish!

NOTE: This only works for free apps, doesn’t seem to work for bought & paid apps. Still handy though! Read this on a forum somewhere I think, but I forget where.

If I can be bothered, I might write a bookmarklet to do it for you. Would this be of interest to anyone?

21 Responses to “How to download .sis files from the Ovi store on the Desktop”

  1. […] a very quick and useful tip from Iain Wallace of on how to download the .sis/.sisx installation files directly from Ovi Store. Now why would you […]

    • Justin Says:

      Why wouldn’t I is a better answer- If push comes to shove and your phone shits itself at least you will have a copy on your pc and you can reinstall without having to connecr to the net and download it all over again.That is why not

  2. nice thing. Thanks.

  3. thanks definitely going to try out

  4. Thanks!!!

  5. […] dejamos una guía fácil  y rápida hecha por  Iain Wallacede cerca de cómo descargar el archivo de instalación  .sis/.sisx  directamente desde Ovi Store. ¿ […]

  6. […] while looking at Ian Wallace’s Lapsed app, I came across a handy way to download SIS files directly to your desktop. The method works for free apps only and needs you be signed into the Ovi Store […]

  7. good good good, thank so much

  8. Alvaro Says:

    Thank you for the tip!

    I just want to let you know that some files are downloaded with a weird extension: * or *

    I have tried to install them on an N8, but it gives an error more or less like “impossible to open file. Format not allowed” (I am translating from Spanish). I have removed the “.dm”, but the error is still there.

    This happens with some free applications, for example o
    and many others.

    For other free applications it works fine, and it is great.

  9. how can we download the aplications that are not free??

  10. hrdksni Says:

    Hey Thanks for ur awesome trick to do something differently…..
    Plz post such educative articles in the future….
    Keep up the good work…

  11. is it work for Nokia X3-02??

    • Yes, it works fine for the X3-02, I’ve just tested it. Though of course you download a .jad file, not .sis.

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