How to Install Non-Market .apk Apps on Google Android G1 Phone

Google Android G1 Phone

Lately we have seen many new devices and Mobile phones coming with Android OS. We already have T-mobile G1 phone running Google Android OS and might year 2009 will see many such android devices. One issue with Google Android based phones is that its hard to troubleshoot due lack of Android support community.

I have seen on many users asking on forum what is .apk file ? How to install .apk app on G1 phone ? How to install non market apk apps on android ? etc. A apk file is “android package file” with the extension ‘.apk’ use to install any application on Google Android powered mobile phone. So incase you need to install any application on your android phone you need to have file with .apk format.

Installing any application on google android is pretty easy but installing non market apps on android phone is little tricky one. Well don’t worry here is guide for installing .apk apps on android phones.

How to Install .Apk Apps on Google Android G1 Phone

1. Install and open the Apps Installer application from the Android Market.

2. This opens a view showing *.apk application names in the sdcard root directory.(note, if no AppNames are listed you have no .apk files in the root directory of the SDCard)

3. Touch the app name to initiate installation of the app.

4. The app is now installed

How to Non-Market .Apk Application on Google Android G1 Phone

1. Download and install Google Android SDK.

2. Now type adb in a command shell will display all the options, adb.exe is SDK tool used to install applications and interface with the device.

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3. Now Connect Your G1 Phone to your computer using USB cable. You need to install Drivers for this. Download Android USB drivers from here. This driver is required for adb to interface with an android G1 phone using USB cable.

4. Go to Android Settings/SD card & phone storage and disable Use for USB storage. You can enable it again later after you installed your third-party application.

5. Go to Settings/Application settings and enable Unknown sources.

6. Download the Application installer .apk file to a local folder on your computer, Now type below command at command shell to install app.

adb install <Full Path to apk file><apk file name>

The above guide is only application for windows XP users and Windows Vista users wont be able to use it, since android sdk for windows vista is not available.

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13 thoughts on “How to Install Non-Market .apk Apps on Google Android G1 Phone”

  1. Or you could also go to the Android market place and download the app called “App Installer”. It will do the same thing and create a nice directory listing for you at the same time. Great app.

  2. Warning! The Android USB Drivers linked to above crash the WinXP (SP2). Over and over. I had to do the system restore (fortunately, winXP did a system check point before installing an unsigned driver. thank you Bill G).

  3. I was trying and trying to find some apps for my phone and nothing supports my phone. But now I think I will be able to enjoy my new phone thanks

  4. Installing APK files through Desktop using Windows Vista

    After an intense search on how to install apk files through Vista, I have finally found a way to install APK files through your desktop runnning Vista. I’m not a computer guru and don’t know diddly-squat about programming so if there is a better and faster way to install apk files through your desktop, please revise:

    1) Disconnect your G1 mobile from your computer
    2) Create a folder in your Documents folder for both files you will need to download
    3) Download Google Android SDk for Windows http://code.google.com/android/intro/installing.html and save to the folder you created.
    4) Download the USB Driver http://dl.google.com/android/android_usb_windows.zip and save to the folder you created.
    5) Unzip both files into the folder and install the android program.
    6) Open the “Androids-sdk-windows” that was unpacked, open the “tools” folder, and on your windows explorer, first left click on the address then right click and copy the full address.
    7) Click on “start” menu, right click on “Computer”, click on “Properties”. Click on “Advanced system settings”
    8) On the “Advanced” tab, click on “Environmental Variables…”. Under “user variable…” click “New”.
    9) For variable name type: sdk_root
    10) For variable value: just right click and paste. click ok
    11) On your G1, go to “settings”, “applications”, and check “unknown sources”
    11) Connect your G1 mobile and update your usb driver with the file you downloaded in step 4. If your usb driver will not update, use your device manager (“start” menu, right click “computer”, click on “properties”, “device manager”) to update driver.
    12) Be sure to mount your phone.
    13) Move your .apk files to the “tools” folder you located in step 6
    14) On the tools folder, mouse over a blank spot, hit “shift+right click” and click “Open command Windows here”.
    15) On the command screen, type :adb install filename.apk
    Enjoy.

  5. http://android-apk.info

    is a perfect website where you can find APK files for your programs easily. just search and download and if you didn’t find the program you are searching for. Post a request with your mail and program name to be published as soon as possible.
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  6. use app installer or root and use CM6 and then all ur probs r solved! By the way… i had G1 -> MyTouch -> G2 and on the G2 i can open an email with an APK not on market and hit download and it will install without problems, so my suggestion to u is get the G2 as it CAN go to 2.3 and 3.0+ with a brilliant keyboard and touch screen!
    its not going to b left behind by T-Mobile like the previous Android phones. :D

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