In my previous article I had written about Creating .APK Files for Android Phone. Now that you’re done developing your Android application or if you’re planning to install an app on your Android phone, then you must have the .apk file first. Follow the steps provided in this article which explains how to install .APK files on your Android phone.
You can install you .APK file on your Android phone in two ways:
- Installing Through the Android Market
- Installing Using the Android SDK
Installing Applications Through the Android Market
Step One: Copy the .APK file to your Android’s memory card and insert the card into your phone.
Step Two: Download and install the Apps Installer application from the Android Market
Step Three: Once installed, the Apps Installer will display the APK files on the memory card.
Step Four: Click and install your APK files.
Installing Applications Using Android SDK
Download and install the Google Android SDK program and the Android USB drivers. The download links are as follows:
- Android SDK – http://code.google.com/android/intro/installing.html
- Android USB drivers – http://dl.google.com/android/android_usb_windows.zip
Modify your phone’s settings to allow the installation of applications from other sources. Under “Settings,” select “Application Settings” and then enable “Unknown Sources.” Also select “SD Card” and “Phone Storage,” and finally enable “Disable Use for USB Storage”
Open Command Prompt and type the following: adb install full_path.apk. The application will now be installed.
Here’s an article on how you can create an .APK file.