====== How to install an APK file on an Android device ====== An [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/APK_(file_format)|APK file]] contains a single application for Android. There are several ways to install an application from an APK file. ==== Method One: Download the APK directly onto the device ==== This method is suitable if the APK file is accessible as a download on the network (ie, clicking a link on a web page) and the device has network access (eg, via 3G mobile data plan, Wi-Fi or tethered USB). - Start the device's Web Browser app (usually an icon on the Home page) - Either: * navigate to the page containing the link, and press the link, or * enter the URL of the download link directly into the browser location field - This will cause the device to start downloading the APK file via the network Once the file is downloaded, a //Download complete// notification will appear in the Android status bar - Pull down the status bar to reveal the notification in detail, which will show the full name of the APK file - Press the notification to install ==== Method Two: Transfer the APK via USB ==== This method is suitable if you have the APK file on a laptop or workstation and a USB cable for connecting the device. The Android device must have a File Manager app. - Connect the device to the laptop/workstation with the USB cable - The device should raise a //USB connected// notification - On the Android device: - Pull down the Android status bar to reveal the //USB connected// notification - Press the //USB connected// notification - You should get a screen giving you the option to operate the device as //USB storage// - Activate USB storage mode - The laptop/workstation should respond by showing the device as an external storage device - On the laptop/workstation: - Open the external storage device. There should be a folder (directory) called //download// in the device - Copy the APK file into the //download// folder - Disconnect (unmount) the external storage device - On the Android device: - Turn off USB storage - Start the File Manager app - Navigate to the SD Card (also known as External Storage) - Scroll down the SD Card directory to find the //download// folder - Navigate into the //download// folder - The APK file should be there - Press the APK file to start the installation ==== Method Three: Use the Android Debug Bridge (adb) ==== This method is suitable for developers who have the APK file on a laptop or workstation and a USB cable for connecting the device, and have the [[http://developer.android.com/tools/help/adb.html|Android Debug Bridge]] installed as part of the [[http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html|Android SDK]]. - Connect the Android device to the laptop/workstation with the USB cable - On the laptop/workstation, ensure that the device is visible: <code> $ adb devices List of devices attached 54A51BD47904 device $ </code> - Install the APK file using the following command: <code> $ adb install file.apk $ </code>


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