How to install APK files in your Android device quickly

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As time is passing, Android is spreading its wings too, from Android’s first version 1.6 to the latest in developments 3.0. As a new comer in the mobile OS market Android still lacks some of the most important tools which i think will soon be added in the versions to come. Also, adding to the fact that one has to take pains in installing third party application in the Android mobile phone device. So, adding to the support one has to install APK which is the short form of Android package file which allows installing third party applications. So, in the due course of this article we will check out the two simple ways about how you can make the most of now by installing third party applications in your device.

As said, there are two ways to install APK (Android Package), one from Android Market place and other with the help of Android SDK (software development kit).

1. Installing APK from Android Market place:
Like Apple has its own iStore, Nokia has its Ovi Store and Samsung has its own App store, Google too has its own app store with over 70, 000 applications which is named as “Android Market Place”.

  • So now all you need to do is to copy the APK file from PC or laptop and copy that file into your memory card in your Android mobile phone device.
  • Now after inserting the memory card in your device, download and install the same via the installer application from the Android market.
  • As soon as installation is finished, the app installer will display the APK files on the memory card. Now all you need to do is to just install your APK files.

2. Installing Applications with Android SDK
If you don’t wish to use Android Marketplace, then you can also install the APK files, this process is bit lengthy but we will try to make it quicker and faster as you will be using Android SDK.

  • First, you will be needing to DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL Google Android SDK program along with the Android USB drivers. You can download the Android SDK drivers from here and USB drivers for Windows operating system from here.
  • Now after downloading and installing the same, you need to modify your Android’s setting so that the installation of the applications from other sources can be supported. For this, you need to go to “Settings”, select “SD Card” option and then select “Phone storage” and then you also need to enable “Disable use for USB storage” option so that it doesn’t use USB storage again in the process.
  • Now, all you need to do is to just open the command prompt and type the following “adb install <1>/<2> apk”. While typing the command ensure that <1> is replaced with the path of your APK file and <2> with the name of the APK file.

So, now you are done and your application is ready to use all third party applications which you always wanted to enjoy on your android device.



  1. clint

    August 31, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    The absolute fastest, easiest, simplest method is to use DropBox ( Install DropBox on both your desktop and your NookColor, place your .apk files in a Drop Box folder and they will automatically be sent to your NC. Tap the .apk file in the Drop Box folder that is now on yor NC and it will begin the usual install procedure. (p.s.: Drop Box can be used to transfer any files between your computers and mobile devices.)

  2. Robert Parker

    July 25, 2011 at 5:36 am

    An APK package created using the Android SDK can be installed automatically using Eclipse IDE and the ADT plugin when a connected Xoom is used to run the application. The only setting on the Xoom was for USB debugging.
    I had to download the Motorola drivers and reconnect the Xoom several times before it would completely connect to the PC.

  3. won

    May 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm


  4. Kyle D

    February 5, 2011 at 12:59 am

    An easy way is to use freeware Android Injector from

  5. Cirtex Review

    January 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    It is easier to do it using the file manager and transferring the apk files, and then installing the apps, rather than doing it using the market.

  6. Frank

    January 16, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Just found an other easy way of installing .apk files.

    This is only if your PC does not have a SD reader or if you forgot your USB cable. Or.. For newbies..

    Do it the online way with

    I found the info on the XDA forum.

  7. A. S. Bhasker Raj

    October 31, 2010 at 2:04 am

    I have HTC Wildfire Mobile and this has Android 2.1 OS.

    Is it possible to upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo OS. If so how to upgrade?

  8. A. S. Bhasker Raj

    October 31, 2010 at 2:00 am

    Downloaded from Android Market the app Instant Heart Rate. Unable to open the apk extension file.

    Do I have to install apk files as you have described above to open this file?

    A. S. Bhasker Raj
    Freelance Writer and Author
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