How To Find And Install Applications Outside The Android Market (APK Tips)

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Android Market, home to tens of thousands of applications, is an amazing resource. However, it is not the only one. In fact, some of the most amazing applications are not available on the market, and in some cases never will be because of Google's guidelines.

STEP 1: Find the non-market soft.

It is a large step and often you discover the app by accident. If you are looking for, search engines like Google and sites like Droid-Life is a good place to start. Perhaps the best way to find non-market applications are to be active in a community Android. Android fans love to write about the cool new app they found. There are also sites like Slide AndAppStore Android Market which uses non-market applications and users without access to Android Market.

Step 2: Make sure the application is in the proper format.

The file you download the APK extension. APK is synonymous package for Android, and Android shows an installer app. Other file types will be the sources and resources for developers.

STEP 3: Download the APK on your phone.

Typically, you download the file from your default browser to download. But the location is irrelevant, so place it where you find most convenient.

STEP 4: Configure your Android for a non-market installation.

Press Menu, then Options, then Programs. Check the box unknown sources.

STEP 5: Download and install a file manager Android.

Please note that you can use the Android SDK, install the APK file. However, most users prefer easy free file manager app is the most common Installer free applications on Android Market, but also many great free and commercial third-party alternatives.

Step 6: Install new application.

Start the file manager, and select Install. APK locate the downloaded file, then select. Click OK and follow the instructions on the screen, if necessary. This is usually a hands-free process.

Step 8: (Optional) Secure Android.

Press Menu, Settings, then click Programs. Remove the screen from unknown sources.

For those who prefer to use the Android SDK, you need to replace step # 5 and # 6 above with the following:

STEP 1: Download and install Google Android SDK on your PC.

STEP 2: Type of ADB in the command shell to access the SDK tool (adb.exe).

STEP 3: Install USB drivers Android.

USB drivers Android specifically, is not usually necessary Windows drivers to use the SDK.

STEP 4: Connect your phone to your computer via USB.

STEP 5: Disable USB storage.

Press Options, SD card and memory, and then clear the Use the USB.

STEP 6: Install approx.

Installation Type full_filepath_and_filename ADB

STEP 7: Enable USB storage device.

Press Options, SD card and memory, and then use the USB cable.


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