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Can you download Android apps onto your computer then put them on your phone?

I’m used to doing that with iTunes, but obviously the Android Market is just a web interface not a seperate program...

Most Useful Answer JanSt  May. 28, 2011 at 07:10

Yes, the Android apps install files are .apk. You can download them from all sorts of sources, transfer them to your phone's sd and install them.
Note though, most Android phones have no file explorer out of the box. So to find the .apk's you will need a filemanager from the Market - I used to use Astro. Astro will also back up all installed apps to your sd. Useful when doing a factory reset or swapping phones - you won't need to redownload all your apps again.
In order to install an apk that is stored on your sd, you need to go to settings - applications. There you tick 'allow apps from unknown sources' (ie non-market apps).

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JanSt / MOD  May. 28, 2011 at 07:10

Yes, the Android apps install files are .apk. You can download them from all sorts of sources, transfer them to your phone's sd and install them.
Note though, most Android phones have no file explorer out of the box. So to find the .apk's you will need a filemanager from the Market - I used to use Astro. Astro will also back up all installed apps to your sd. Useful when doing a factory reset or swapping phones - you won't need to redownload all your apps again.
In order to install an apk that is stored on your sd, you need to go to settings - applications. There you tick 'allow apps from unknown sources' (ie non-market apps).

angel66  May. 29, 2011 at 19:06

Ta! Brilliant :D

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