How can one install an app on an android with no SD card? I tried doing so with dropbox but I was unable to download the file. I'm thinking astro file manager might let me but I've been unable to get that app installed. Will that allow me to install an app with no sd card?

  • What phone are you using?
    – geffchang
    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:29
  • htc evo 4g from sprint
    – ngramsky
    Dec 24, 2012 at 5:36
  • How much space do you have left on your phone's internal memory?
    – znewman
    Dec 24, 2012 at 15:03

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One method to install an application without SD card is to use ADB tool (Android Debug Bridge). It's a tool for development. It will let you install your apk file using console.

What you have to do:

  1. Install ADB tool to your computer
  2. Connect your device to your computer with a cable
  3. Copy apk file you want to install to the folder where your ADB tool is. In this folder you have to find adb file.
  4. Start your console - Terminal (on Linux) or Command Prompt (on Windows)
  5. From your console you have to go to the folder in #3 - To do this use cd command
  6. Type command "adb devices" - you have to see that your device is connected.
  7. Type command "adb install myApplication.apk"
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    I do not believe it is necessary to download the entire android sdk, only the necessary adb tool, if using google keywords adb drivers is the keyword which will get a lot of hits... just saying :)
    – t0mm13b
    Dec 24, 2012 at 19:16
  • @t0mm13b, you're right, but I haven't tried it. Here I found a way to do it.
    – Antigona
    Dec 24, 2012 at 22:14
  • @t0mm13b, I updated my answer. Thanks for the good comment.
    – Antigona
    Dec 29, 2012 at 10:53
  • @t0mm13b sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb, sudo dnf install android-tools and brew install android-platform-tools
    – Sylveon
    Sep 20, 2016 at 19:01

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