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Installing .apk Files onto an Emulator via the ADB

Author: Rachee Singh
Published? true -- FormatLanguage: W

Problem:

You have an application's .apk file, and want to installing it on the emulator to check out the application, or because an application you are developing requires it.

Solution:

Use the command-line ADB to install the .apk on the running emulator; this can also be used to install an APK onto a connected Android phone).

Discussion:

To install the .apk, follow the following steps:

  • Find the location on your machine where you have installed Android SDK. In the Android SDK directory, go to tools directory.
  • Look for an executable 'adb' in the tools directory. If it is present then that is the location of adb, otherwise, there must be a .txt file named 'adb has moved'. The contents of the file would point you to the location of adb. This file states that adb is present in the 'platform-tools' directory within the Android SDK installation directory.

'tools' directory, with adb has moved.txt :

  • Once you have located the adb, go to that location on the command prompt.
  • Use the command: ./adb install location of the apk you want to install for Linux. For Windows: adb install location of the apk you want to install
  • This should start the installation on the current device running (It could be an Emulator that is running or an Android device that is connected).
  • After the installation finishes, in the Menu of the Android device/Emulator you would see the icon of the application you just installed.

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