Saturday, January 15, 2011

Two Ways To Install APK (Android Package Files) To Android Devices Easily

APK (Android Package files) is needed before you can install the third party applications for your Android devices, therefore this article is created to help you install APK on your Android phone.

How To Install APK (Android Package Files On Android

I have collected two different ways to install APK, once from Android Market and the other installing the files with Android SDK

1. Android Market

If Apple iPhone has iPhone app store, then Android devices has the Android Market to download the apps. And we can use this media to install other downloaded third party apps, here are the methods:
  1. Copy the APK file to your Android’s memory card and insert the card into your phone.
  2. Download and install the Apps Installer application from the Android Market
  3. Once installed, the Apps Installer will display the APK files on the memory card.
  4. Click and install your APK files.

2. Android SDK

The second way to install APK files is by using Android SDK, here are the ways:
  1. Download and install the Google Android SDK program and the Android USB drivers. The download links are as follows:
  3. You need to modify your Android’s settings to allow the installation of applications from other sources. Under “Settings,” select “Application Settings” and then enable “Unknown Sources.” Also under “Settings,” select “SD Card” and “Phone Storage,” and finally enable “Disable Use for USB Storage”
  4. This last step is easy. Open Command Prompt and type the following: adb install <1>/<2>.apk
  5. However, when you type the command, replace <1> with the path to your APK file and replace <2> with the name of the APK file.
  6. You’re done! Your application is now ready for your use and enjoyment.


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