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Installing an application NOT from the Market

Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by GadgetRick, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. GadgetRick
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    Ok, I'm friends with someone who works for a company who is working on some Android apps. He's gotten me access to help take a look at the software before they release it for beta consumption. He sent me a .apk file. How do I install this application if I have it on my computer?

    Thanks.
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    I use App Installer:

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    just click on the .apk file, it should install itself :)
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    Mount your Droid to your computer and put the apk file they sent you onto your sd card. Use an app called Astro (free in market) to locate the apk file and install.

    Maybe an easier way to do it, but that's how ive been doing it.
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    I believe you need to copy it to your SD card, and then browse to it and launch it on your phone using a file manager such as Astro. You do need go to setting/applications and have the box checked for unknown applications.
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    Basically what I do. I use EStrongs so I can transfer from PC to Droid via wi-fi but it's the same idea :)
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    Where is the link to App Installer?
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    The link is below, but you are better off just scanning that barcode above with a barcode scanner on your Droid. That will take you directly to the page to download App Installer.

    http://chart.apis.google.com/chart?cht=qr&chs=135x135&chl=market://search?q=pname:com.mmg.appin
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    You don't need app installer. You're better of using a file manager. Either EStrongs File Explorer or Astro File Manager. The apk will install itself when you select it.

    Dylanthecat made a very good point, make sure you go to settings > applications > and enable "unknown sources" to allow install of non-market applications.
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    How do you uninstall an APK that was previously installed?
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    settings/manage apps - choose unistall.
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    I see. The correct name is AppsInstaller that you can download from The Market.
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    An easier way to install it is email it to yourself, access your email on your phone, then download it and install.
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    +1 on this. Drop the file on your card and open app installer. It will find the file for you automatically.
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    Thanks a bunch guys!
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    On my Backflip with 2.1 I dont have an "enable "unknown sources"" option at the designated location. Where is the option located?
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    Pretty sure ATT disabled that option.
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    Is there a work around that I can use to install unknown source .apk files then?
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    Im missing a driver for "motorola adb interface" so when I enable usb debugging, which is required for using sideloader, I dont find all of my phones hardware. This causes the sideloader to not find my phone. I cant find the driver for the backflip...any suggestions?
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