I have:

  1. A Windows XP with internet connection.
  2. The .apk file in the computer.
  3. A USB cable.
  4. A rooted android device with sdcard.

I do not have:

  1. WiFi connection for my android device.
  2. Any file explorer app in android device.

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You will need to use adb install full-file-name.apk from the command line, where "full-file-name" is the name of the application you want to install.

See here to install ADB

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    An ADB Install instruction can also be found on our site: Is there a minimal installation of ADB?. While it's a good idea to have such a thing ready, for this task it's not really needed: Copying the .apk to the SDCard, and open it from any file explorer, does the job as well -- see the question which this one is marked as "possible duplicate" of.
    – Izzy
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 16:14
  • A file explorer is great but the OP said they do not have one, thus needing to use the adb. And thanks for the link I will switch to that one for more internal promotion of other users content.
    – TronicZomB
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 16:16
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    Oh -- I must have missed that one. Still, it's not necessarily needed. Two more options include: the web browser (using a file:///mnt/sdcard/ URL to browse/navigate to the .apk), and the "Downloads" app (if the .apk was placed into the download folder on the card). If you want to make some extra rep, you could sum up something generic in the installation tag wiki, so it's at a central place we all easy remember where to find :)
    – Izzy
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 19:02
  • Thanks, I didn't know the other two options. And I will work on that.
    – TronicZomB
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 19:03
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    Great, thanks! Btw: I should have tried the two mentioned methods before mentioning them here. Though they sound logical, they seem not to work on all devices: stock browser on my Optimus refused to list directory contents (though another browser might do so) -- and simply copying a file to /sdcard/Download didn't make the "Downloads" app pick that up :(
    – Izzy
    Commented Jun 21, 2013 at 20:58

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