HOW TO: Install APK Files From Your Computer

HTC Desire

Here’s a quick tutorial for new Desire owners on how to install Android applications (.apk files) onto your HTC Desire:

  1. Download Astro File Manager from the Market
  2. Connect your phone to computer in disk drive mode (connect to USB cable, select Disk Drive from the options that appear on the phone, press Done)
  3. Copy the APK file to the SD card (anywhere you like)
  4. Disconnect phone from computer (remembering to Safely Eject first)
  5. Open Astro and browse to the file
  6. Select the file and choose the Open App Manager option
  7. Press the Install button
  8. If you get a message saying: “Install Blocked. For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in Android Market”, go to Settings > Applications > check the box which says Unknown Sources

Notes

  • Make sure that any apk files you download are from a reputable source
  • If you’re concerned about phone security then turn the Unknown Sources option in Step #7 off again after installation
  • Pete

    I wonder if ES file explorer would run it direct. It let’s you access shared folders on you PC via the network (wifi).

  • Keiron

    ES works just as you suggest Pete (it does copy the apk to your SDCard downloads folder, but silently) been using it for the last 2 weeks and imo is a superior file browser

  • RodgerDodger

    Besides the fact that you can install it via ES right away…if you’ve already connected to your PC via USB you could just use HTC Sync’s install assistant.

    The written is right of course but redundant in both ways.

  • MrBrightside

    You’re all right – this is be no means the “only” way to do it. ES sounds like a very strong contender against Astro and I’d imagine it’ll make it into this month’s Top 10 apps.

    Whilst ES might be more convenient for your personal computer, the Astro method works with pretty much any computer no matter where you are (providing you have your USB cable) and regardless of whether you have folder sharing set-up or not.

    Personally, I mostly use the “adb install ” command from my Mac, but not everyone has the Android SDK setup.

    As for HTC Sync, great if you’re on a PC but for Mac/Linux users that’s not an option.

  • RodgerDodger

    We’re right und damn..you’re too.

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    Hi Thanks works great!

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  • http://Website Macke

    Trying to installl a software and I follow the instructions above. I get an error message that states I don’t have enough space! Is it possible today to install it on the SD card? I do have 46MB left of space so I think it’s something else bugging me. Any suggestions?

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    will not install on my htc desire even tho i have free up enough space to install any idea’s?

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    Hi i cannot seem to install the fontchanger apk file. In open app manager it keeps saying couldnt open the file as APK file. Help please?

  • http://Website crish

    hi.i have updated my desire to android 2.2 , but unfortunately “android market ” got deleted. now I’m not able to download any application from android market..anybody has got any idea how to reinstall android market again on my phone ?

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    hi, new to desire, is there any way i can install the apps i download from the market on to my sd card? i dont want to fillup the phone memory, its already loaded enough., i wnt to free it as much as possible, tried titanium backup, it installed box, but still couldnt root!!!
    i dnt hv original sd card contents either – pls suggest

  • http://Website REza

    I have copied the apk file to the root of the drive that appears in PC but i can not find the file in the phone when browsing with astro. where is it?!. the folders look different…

  • http://Website Kyle D

    An easy way is to use freeware Android Injector from http://www.harmonyhollow.net/android_injector.shtml

  • http://Website zach

    My desire doesn’t have the unknown source box therefore I can’t turn it off … what do I do?

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    zach:

    My desire doesn’t have the unknown source box therefore I can’t turn it off … what do I do?
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    Same problem with the new HTC Inspire. Where can i find the Unknown Source box? Anyone?

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    Thank you. This article helped me.

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    Rimpower:


    zach:

    My desire doesn’t have the unknown source box therefore I can’t turn it off … what do I do?
    Like or Dislike: 0  0

    Same problem with the new HTC Inspire. Where can i find the Unknown Source box? Anyone?
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    as far as i know (just started researching this) i think AT&T locked this phone (the new HTC Inspire) and although it is practically identical to the Desire, they have different security settings

    though like i said, i just started researching this and ive owned my phone now for a week, all new stuff to me, but knowledge is power =)

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    is there no way i can install apk files without having a file manager installed?
    is there a way to install the file manager.apk file?

  • http://Website Kees

    Doesn’t work. When I press the install button, where you see the overview of the installation. It does nothing
    Only the cancel button works.
    Htc desire HD

  • http://Website naveed

    i have htc desire. i want to install every stuff into sd card of my phone. but i dont know how.. any suggetions? plz..

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    naveed:

    i have htc desire. i want to install every stuff into sd card of my phone. but i dont know how.. any suggetions? plz..
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  • paul

    anyone know how to put games on my htc desire hd? games like pes 2011 and fifa and call of duty?

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  • nibha

    when i put the .apk file in the Astro file manager and tap on it to install ,it is showing an error “**File type cp$ not found**”..

    Please help me to find out the reason..

    Thanks..!!

  • kradle

    descargate el appSaver, es como si fuera el programa “Agregar y quitar Programas” de windows

  • george

    mine still says application not installed it really is starting to make me mad but i did do everything in the directions can i get some help as soon as possible

  • Mustafa


    Kees:

    Doesn’t work. When I press the install button, where you see the overview of the installation. It does nothing
    Only the cancel button works.
    Htc desire HD
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    Same Problem with Xperia Neo :(

  • Khuyen

    i can not dowload astro file manager free on market. What is the reason?

  • george


    Mustafa:


    Kees:

    Doesn’t work. When I press the install button, where you see the overview of the installation. It does nothing
    Only the cancel button works.
    Htc desire HD
    Like or Dislike: 0  0

    Same Problem with Xperia Neo
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    Do you have an app called Screen Filter? If so, deactivate it and try again.

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    YOU.ROCK. No one rocks as you. You are the man. Damn, dude, I spent the whole day trying to do that and it was so simple! YOU ROCK!

  • nauman

    IF YOU DO NOT HAVE WiFi connecton.

    easiest way is to save applications into some other phone and send it to your HTC device and install it.

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    Go To Settings > Applications > Check The Box Which Says Unknown Sources

  • GMunny

    I’m having the same issue trying to install an APK on the Photon 4G. The install button doesn’t work. No error. Only cancel button works. “Unknown sources” button is checked.

  • Lukong

    Does anyone have a method that would allow me to install SDK and the USB Driver without Admin rights.

    Hardware Available
    – 4GB Kingston USB 2.0 Flash Drive
    – Public Mobile: ZTE N762
    – USB Cable
    – No SD Card

    Software Available
    – Android Injector [Developed by Harmony Hollow]
    – Android Usb Windows [Got as Zip & Need to know where it goes or if it can be emulated or played through a program]
    – No Admin Rights
    – Universal Extractor 6.1 (Used on SDK, Results = Unable to Run)

  • Lukong

    I also have no access to wifi for my Android

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    I found alternate ways of installing apps on this webpage: http://roboapk.blogspot.com/p/how-to-install-application-on-tablet.html

    This worked for my problem with Installing apps on my tablet.

  • Pasq

    I don’t understand nothing

  • edward

    how u did buddy ,i tried many alternate ways to change it