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"Side loading" is shorthand for installing applications from places other than the official Android Market.

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Why can't I press the Install button when installing applications from unknown sources?

I'm trying to sideload an application, as seen in the picture below. I have allowed the installation of applications from unknown applied actions in settings, but I can't seem to press the install ...
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Can I install apps on phone without using the Android Market?

I have this Huawei Device that does not come with the Android Market installed. Is there any work-around for this? As in how can I install Android Apps without the Android Market? Is there a way to ...
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How to know if a side-loaded app is safe?

How can we be assured that the APK of an app that we are downloading from a website is safe to install on our Android phone? Is there a way to know that the downloaded file is safe? Is there an app ...
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Getting verification error when attempting to “adb sideload” the OTA update on Nexus 7 (2013)

Notes: Tablet is unlocked and rooted (SuperSU Pro v1.75) I have the following recovery flash in place: TWRP 2.6.3.0, but I am booting stock recovery for the adb sideload invocation The drivers are ...
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Where to find “adb” version 1.0.32 to install on Ubuntu?

My laptop has Ubuntu 14.04 as OS. I installed latest version of "android-adb-tools" available in "Synaptic Package Manager". After installation, adb command --help says that adb's version is 1.0.31. ...
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How do I sideload Google Wallet onto my Verizon Galaxy Nexus?

The Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus famously shipped without Google Wallet. This is ostensibly because Verizon is coming out with their own mobile payment system and didn't want a ...
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How do I sideload apps from the Amazon AppStore?

I recently upgraded my phone and I am in the process of getting all of my old apps installed on my new handset. My internet connection is pretty slow, and I have purchased many apps through Amazon's ...
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Do most devices support side-loading?

I've googled about application side-loading (i.e., installing an application on an Android device without having to go through an app store), and most instructions mention that the device might need ...
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Sideloading Apps on Google-TV

Even though a new version (which includes the android market) is coming out for the Google TV this summer, I'm a little impatient and slightly curious. There are a few apps that I'd like to try out ...
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Is copying an .apk into /{system, data}/app sufficient to install an Android application?

If not, what else is done under the covers? Also, what are the differences when installing applications From the android market sideloaded from web download sideloaded using adb install sideloaded ...
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adb>shell returns “error: closed” - how to “open” adb shell access through adb sideload

my device got broken but i am still able to connect usb in the stock recovery mode. if i try to start a shell via adb while the device is in recovery mode, i fail. my terminal echos the line: "error: ...
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How do I sideload, i.e. install non-market apps, on at&t phones?

I'd like to try out some Android beta software I found online, but when I tried installing it on the device I got a message that said that installing non-market apps has been disabled for security ...
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If I download and install a non-market application and then proceed remove it, does it mitigate any security issues?

If I downloaded a non-market application and installed it and discovered it may be malicious, does removing it from the list of applications completely discard it and help mitigate any security issues?...
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TWRP: adb devices works in recovery but fails in sideload mode

I want to install a custom rom (LineageOS with microG) on My Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. I followed every steps detailed in the tutorial (enable debugging, unlock bootloader, run fastboot, flash TWRP, ...
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Stop Android from displaying “Install blocked” prompt

I am continually getting prompts for installing apps, such as Clean Master and or 9 apps on my Android phone. I turned off the option "Install apps from unknown sources" in security settings but ...
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Unable to install ROM with adb sideload or other methods on LG G3 d855

I have an LG G3 (d855) phone on which I had Cyanogenmod 14 and which I wanted to upgrade to LineageOS. I booted to recovery, wiped everything and tried using adb sideload to load the image, but it ...
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How can I create a backup ROM compatible with ADB sideload?

Can someone explain how to backup a rooted Android device into a ZIP file that would be compatible with adb sideload? Is it possible without having a custom recovery installed? Is there a specific ...
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Is it possible to use an AT&T phone for android development without rooting?

This question seems to say that it's necessary to root an at&t phone (like the samsung captivate) in order to install apps from unofficial sources. My question is a bit more focused: if I'm ...
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Can applications be downloaded without a Google Account and without disabling security features?

If I wish to install applications such as Skype, DropBox, etc however without registering for a Google account, is that possible? If so, how do I install them without a Google account?
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Possible to install APK from personal website?

How can I allow a user to do web-install of Android APK file from my personal web page? Like to create a personal (private) APK repository where I could put APK files and send a client the link to the ...
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Can I install non-market apps on my AT&T phone directly (without a PC)?

I've installed non-Market apps on my AT&T Captivate using adb, but it'd be nice if I could download an APK directly and install it locally. I've heard of "App(s) Installer" and about a hundred ...
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ADB sideload and fastboot uses. What's the difference?

1) If i want to flash a stock rom what should I use adb sideload or fastboot. I have seen on youtube people using both of these. Are both of these similar or different. Sorry if this sounds stupid but ...
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adb sideload does not transfer data

Just to clarify, it's my first time trying to unlock and root my phone, so I'm not very knowledgeable in this matter. I basically followed the steps to unlock the bootloader. Everything worked ...
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Add manually installed android apps to Google Play account

I regularly install a number of frequently used applications on new android devices. Since I do this often, I download and the latest versions of these apps and sideload the APKs onto the devices in ...
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How do I flash SuperSU to my encrypted Wileyfox on COS 13.0.1?

Yesterday my WileyFox Spark+ came in, which is still equipped with COS13.0.1, based on Android 6.0.1. When I tried rooting the phone though, I got stuck at the point of using the TWRP recovery for ...
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Is it possible to build an OTA update from two system images?

I am impatiently waiting for someone to capture the download link for the Android 6.0.1 OTA update for the Nexus 6 so that I can sideload it, but I've been wondering if it would be possible to build ...
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update.zip just for fixing file permissions, possible?

I soft bricked my colorfly g808 by following this guide (Japanese) http://bl.oov.ch/2012/12/android-421-mvno-sim.html I didnt do it using adb shell but using a terminal emulator in the phone itself, ...
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ADB doesn't recognize my device in recovery mode

I have an ASUS ZenFone 2. I have tried using ASUS USB drivers and Google Android composite ADB drivers on my computer, but neither recognize the device while it is in recovery mode. Can anyone help ...
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Programming devices in Android [closed]

I wanted to know that if all the devices that support Android OS can be manually reprogrammed or do they allow to make own apps and load in them, just in case I want to program an app for myself, or ...
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App update process

Its not yet clear to me what happens when an app gets updated. Is the new updated app simply being "installed over" the old one maintaining data and cache from the old one? What actually happens ...
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Are users always asked to accept application permissions?

Does the Android OS always ask a user to review an application's permissions if it is not downloaded from the Android marketplace directly? For instance, downloading an application from a non-Google ...
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Will updating an app with a sideloaded apk delete app data?

I have an application and I want to update it . I have downloaded latest version apk and I would like to know if i sideload the latest apk would I loose old application data .
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How can I load a Video Player App on my Nook Color without google play?

My son's nook color is incompatible with google play, and the default video player app wont play local video files I've uploaded to his nook's harddrive via usb-cable. How can I download a new video ...
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Does enabling sideloading allow applications to be installed or run on the device without consent?

I'm concerned that enabling sideloading of applications may allow malware to be installed. However, I'm aware that Android gives a "Do you want to install this application?" dialog while installing ...
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Installing apk files on Kyocera Dura XE (flipphone running android)

The Kyocera Dura XE is a flip phone running Android Lollipop 5.2. I've enabled developer mode, usb debugging and all the "verify stuff" options are unchecked and "Unknown Sources" is on in Security ...
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ADB Sideload is stuck, can I flash zip manually instead?

I'm trying to root my phone. I managed to unlock bootloader and flash TWRP. Next thing guide says is to boot into TWRP (which I managed too) and then enable sideload and flash SuperSU via adb sideload ...
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“Restarting adb… Installation aborted.” without any further details after abd sideload

I'm trying to setup a bulk of tablets with a custom ROM (as a kind of kiosk mode tablets for my company). In short all I'm doing is deleting all kind of stuff from the tablet and then I'm installing ...
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Can I install an APK on a new Android device before the setup wizard runs?

We got a bunch of Google Pixel 2 (Android 8.1) devices for our employees. We want to install the Microsoft Intune Company Portal for Android app and a LOB application. To save time, we don't want to ...
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Mounting encrypted partition from PC - is there anything I can do?

Okay, so basically I have the same problem identified here, except instead of a broken screen, I accidentally broke the UI with this bug. And all I want to do is mount the encrypted partition so I ...
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How do I safely install an app not from the Play store?

I have always installed apps from the official store but today I wanted to install an app from SlideMe so I clicked "download" but it didn't install automatically. It just downloaded an .apk file and ...
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Package cannot be (re-)installed or uninstalled

My device is a non-rooted device. I was trying to install SDMove.apk (sideload) from my ICS tablet. Adb reported: Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_ALREADY_EXISTS] When I issue uninstall command, it reports ...
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Is SIM network unlocking using app normal if phone simply expects a code?

I bought a rare version of Galaxy S10 which was out-of-stock in my country so the distributor got it for me from another country. But by mistake the phone is locked to original network operator in the ...
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How to install apk in 2nd user of android 5.0 without playstore

So, android 5.0.2 doesn't allow side loading of apks for 2nd user (irrespective of whether it is guest or standard user). "Unknown Sources" is disabled and is uncheckable. And I use a pure Cyanogen ...
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How do i find apps which weren't installed from Android Market

The Sky Go application will not work for me because it thinks my Samsung Galaxy Nexus is rooted even though I have never rooted it. According to the Sky customer service agent I chatted to, this can ...
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How to fix “There is a problem parsing the package” when sideloading WhatsApp?

I downloaded the apk from here with WhatsApp version 2.17.106 (size 34601974 bytes). There, it says: "Android OS 2.3.3 or above". I can extract the APK's contents without errors, so the file is not ...
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Is sideloading same as flashing via custom recovery?

Recently, I side-loaded the latest nougat release on my nexus 6p. Which was almost identical to how one would go about flashing via recovery. This brings me to the question- is there any off the hand ...
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What is adb error on Android?

I want to send a file from my PC in Android recovery mode, but I can not get an error. The error is as follows: adb push file.zip *daemon not running; starting now at tcp:5037 could not read ...
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Honor play won't install apks and apps from unknown sources

can't find any specific info on the honor play and why I cant install apks and unknown sources apps. The menus seem to be a little different to general android advice and I feel I've got the right ...
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How to install an unsafe APK after allowing Play Protect to block it?

I was just wondering, when installing an APK from an unknown source and you click OK to allow Play Protect to block it, is there a way of installing that app without fully disabling Play Protect? ...
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Sideploading apps in multi-user setups

I have a Samsung Galaxy Note Tab Pro 12.2 with several users defined. I would like to side-load on-device some APKs not available in the Google Play Store to the other accounts — specifically, to ...