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How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I just made a 'Hello World' app using Eclipse. Now I'd like to know how I can actually put the app onto my phone.
Must all apps be downloaded through the marketplace, or can I simply transfer it to my phone?

  • Specific to Eclipse, as long as you have the proper drivers for your phone you can just enable USB debugging on the phone and hit "Run" in Eclipse. Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 4:46
  • So, I'd need a USB to Micro USB cord? Commented Nov 13, 2011 at 4:52

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Right click on your project -> Android Tools -> Export Signed Application Package.

Export Android Application pops up. Select your application press Next button,
Select Create new keystore radio button,
Give some location path and enter some passwords and press Next button.
Enter values into Alias, Password, Confirm Password, Validity and First and Last Name fileds. Press Next button.
Enter Destination APK Path. Press Finish button.

Now your application apk file is ready to be installed on your phone. Use Bluetooth or USB cable transfer or any other way which you prefer to transfer the apk file to your mobile.

Use Explorer to locate your application and install the apk file.


You can do this without needing a cord. Install Samba Filesharing on your phone, turn on your wifi, run the app, enable filesharing in the app after setting the username and password, navigate to the Android SMB share on your workstation, transfer the file over wifi, then open your APK on your phone using any file explorer app.

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