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Installing Your App On Your Phone

Putting Your App on Your Android Phone

After you have built your "apk" (e.g. "MyApp.apk" ), you have many options for installing it on your phone. The easiest way I have found is through Dropbox. (dropbox.com) or the USB cable..  


1. Setting Up Your Phone for the Install

By default, Android phones are setup to download and install apps from the Google Play Store only. You have to change the setting to allow for "unknown" sources.

CAUTION - Make sure that you turn the "unknown source" off after you install your app  or  that you have "ask before installing" checked to prevent other apps from being installed inadvertently

Change install settings:
1. Go to Settings on your phone
2. Go to Security 
3. If there, check the item that says "allow unknown sources" to install apps
4. If there, check the item that says "ask before installing" to have any app check with you before installing
    If you are using a SD card or USB cable, check the item that says "enable use from USB storage"

....after you install your app, remember to go back and uncheck that setting if you feel safer with it off


Warning: CHANGE IT BACK AFTER YOU INSTALL YOUR APP or make sure the setting "Ask first before installing any apps" is also set on



2. Installing on your phone: (options)

Using Email
    1. Email yourself the apk file.
    2. Change the setting on your Android phone (see above)
    3. Once it is on your phone just tap on it and it should prompt the install process (download and install)
    4. Change the security settings back to NOT "allowing apps from unknown sources"

Using Dropbox.com
    1. Upload your apk file to dropbox.
    2. Change the setting on your Android phone (see above)
    3. Download the apk file to your phone, and follow the steps to install it (it will prompt you automatically)
    4. Change the security settings back to NOT "allowing apps from unknown sources"

Using Memory Cards
    1. Copy the apk file to your phone's memory card and insert the card into your phone.
    2. Go to the Android market and search for the Apps Installer, z-App Installer, Fast Installer or similar application or install a file manager app like Astro File Manager
    3. Open it and click on the application that you want installed

Using USB cable to your phone
      1. Change the setting on your Android phone (see above)
      2. Connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable
      3. Click the "Start" button on the Windows task bar and select "Computer". Your Android device will appear as a drive under "Devices with removable storage"
      4. Click the Android drive and right-click on an  empty area.
      5. Click "New Folder" and give it a name
      6. Drag and drop the apk file to that folder.


    Using ADT - Android Device Tool

      1. Install the Android SDK on your computer.    Download the Android SDK. Start up the SDK and install the Android USB drivers.
      2. Disable the setting on your phone to install from USB storage. and enable install from Unknown Sources 
      3. Open up a command prompt on your computer and type - adb install path/file.apk (where the path is the complete path to the apk file.

    Using Eclipse 
      1. Install the Android Toolkit (SDK+Eclipse) on your computer.    Download the Android SDK.
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