I'm working on an email app for Android, and I'd like to install the Gmail apk on my emulator in order to test it.

How can I do that?

I have seen tutorials on how to do it on windows, but I'm working with Linux.

2 Answers 2


Sync your Google account in emulator, and go to Play Store.



Go to sdk/platform-tools with the command cd /home/android-sdk/platform-tools you should copy the .apk you want to install in this directory and add the path of it to environment variable in variable PATH "you might need restart"(PATH=$PATH:path to apk)

List the devices with the command ./adb devices

You can install your file with ./adb install .filename.apk Example for step 2 :

./adb devices

List of devices attached
emulator-5554 device

Example for step 3 :

./adb install AndExplorer.apk

1083 KB/s (338651 bytes in 0.305s)
pkg: /data/local/tmp/AndExplorer.apk

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