How To Install APK Files On Your Android

Posted: April 13, 2011 in Android, Open Source, Open Source Tutorial
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Android is a great mobile platform and it has a lot of cool applications. Common way to install new applications is through Android Market, but there’s a trick if you have .apk files and install it to your Android device.

Here’s the steps :

  1. Modify your Android’s settings to allow the installation of applications from other sources, go to Settings –> Applications –> check option for Unknown Sources
  2. Modify your Android’s settings to allow USB Debugging, go to Settings –> Applications –> Development –> check option for USB Debugging
  3. Download Android SDK
  4. Download Android SDK Tools (you can install it using Android SDK or using this offline package )
  5. Make sure you’ve installed your android driver on your computer or if your android is Nexus One or Nexus S download Google USB Driver
  6. Go to Android SDK Tools folder (for example mine on  C:\Users\azer\Downloads\Android\tools_r05-windows), make sure on that folder has executable program named adb.exe
  7. Open Command Prompt, and type CD <Your Android SDK Tools Path> (if you want to skip this step, you just have to add your android sdk tools folder path into Environtment Variable on your system)
  8. Connect your Android Device using USB Cable, the notification on the top toolbar on home screen should be “USB debugging connected”
  9. Type this on the command prompt: adb devices , your device should be listed
  10. Last step, type this on the command prompt: adb install <your .apk file path> , for example: adb install C:\Users\azer\Downloads\Android\Zenonia.2.1.0.3.Android.apk

Note :

  • This tutorial is tested using Windows 7 x64, Android Froyo, and Samsung Galaxy SL I9003
  • If you want to support the developers, please buy the software :)


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Comments
  1. codejunkster says:

    Thanks!Worked like a charm!

  2. Michael says:

    thanks for the explaination, now ive to find more apk download sources.. ;) applanet is down.. just apkmarket.de for alternative

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  4. Download Apk says:

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