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Installing Applications on android from your computer

, 30 Aug 2010 CPOL
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The purpose of the article is to provide a simple description to install applications that are not available on android market or for testing our own applications on the device. The android installation executables will have an .apk extension (apk – android package)

Executables will have an .apk extension (apk – android package)

We have to change the following settings for installing .apk files from your computer. On your device:

  1. Click Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Unknown sources. If it is not checked, check it
  2. Menu -> Settings -> Applications -> Development -> USB debugging. Check this box
  3. Connect the USB cable.
  4. Notifications (the drop down bar at the top of the home screen) -> select USB connected -> Click Mount


  • Menu -> settings -> SD card and storage -> click on Disable use for USB storage and enable it

On your computer, install these if you don’t have it:

  1. android sdk -
  2. USB driver -


  1. On your command prompt navigate to the folder where u had installed the android sdk and then go to tools folder.
  2. On my computer it was on "C: \Documents\ android-sdk-windows\tools"

  3. Type adb install <path><file_name>.apk. If you have the .apk file in the tools folder you can simply type adb install example.apk.

You have successfully installed the application.


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