Install apps(apk files) directly from PC – Tutorial


How many times has it been that you downloaded an apk file and had to take all the pain of transferring the file to your phone and installing the apk or worse, downloading the big apk file via mobile data? This is a relatively easy method to push and install apps directly to your phone from your laptop or desktop via ADB. All you need is the apk and a android device connected over USB.

 This process involves a few easy step and we will get started.

STEP 1 : Enabling ADB on your device –> For devices running Android 2.3 go to Settings>Applications>Development> Check the box beside “Android Debugging”. For devices with Android 4.x.+ go to System Settings>Development> Check the box beside “Android Debugging”. If you don’t see Development in settings, go to About Phone and tap 8-9 times on the Build Number.

STEP 2 : DOWNLOADING ADB AND THE APK —> Now this can be done with the Android SDK too, but since all of us don’t have the Android SDK and its a huge download, you can just download the adb.rar file from here and extract it. Now download or copy the .apk file you want to install on your device. Make sure your device is connected to your PC via USB. Place the .apk file in the folder you extracted abd.rar that you downloaded from above and you should have something like this :  

STEP 3 : INSTALLING –> Now in this folder press and hold CTRL+SHIFT and Right click and click on “Open Command window here”. 

 

 This will open up a command window within this folder.

Now type in the command : adb devices and hit enter. Now it should show you your phone is attached if you have it connected over USB with step 1 successfully completed.

Now type in adb install (apk file name exactly).apk and hit enter to actually begin the installation process.
For example in the picture below since my .apk file is named “temple” I entered the command “adb install temple.apk”

 Now give some time for the installation to finish, do-not disconnect your device during this period, the duration depends on the size of the apk file. Once it is done you should see “success” as shown below which means your app is now installed. You can disconnect your device and start enjoying the app.

If you liked this post or you faced any problems with the above methods, feel free to comment down below. 

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Ayan Sarkar

I make YouTube videos and write here on Windroidica to help you improve your digital life. I post three videos every week and they contain mainly of Video Podcasts, Tutorials and much more. I am very happy to help. Say Hi!

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