Can I test a Windows Phone 8 app on an actual mobile device?

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I currently have a Nokia Lumia 820 and I'm trying to test a Windows Phone 8 application before I submit to the store. Would this be possible in Visual Studio? If not a Lumia, can I test it on another actual device?

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Yes, of course you can, and you can do it on any Windows Phone 8 device, regardless of the make.

The
device must be developer-unlocked (registered) first.  After that you
just connect it to the machine (USB) and Visual Studio will give you the
choice to run/debug the application on the emulator or the device.

Here’s the official help on the device registration:

How to register your phone for development for Windows Phone 8

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  • carlosdl
    Yes, of course you can, and you can do it on any Windows Phone 8 device, regardless of the make.

    The device must be developer-unlocked (registered) first.  After that you just connect it to the machine (USB) and Visual Studio will give you the choice to run/debug the application on the emulator or the device.

    Here's the official help on the device registration:

    How to register your phone for development for Windows Phone 8
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  • mitchellFN
    This is how it worked for me:
    Your Windows 8 phone should be unlocked for development and your PC should have the driver for your phone installed. Connect your phone (mine is HTC 8X with Windows Phone 8.1) with an USB cable to your PC. In Visual Studio (I use VS2013) solution explorer right click on the Windows Phone project. The properties page opens. Click on "Debug" in the left vertical menu. On the Debug page should see a "Start options" section and one of the options is "Target device". In the drop down list for that option select the "Device". Start the debug and you should see it running on your actual phone.
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