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How to side-load apps on your Android device

Donovan Colbert offers a how-to guide for backing up an application from one Android device and side-loading it onto another.

How to back up an Android application to an .apk file on your source Android device

To back up applications from one Android device and side-load them to another, begin by opening the Android Market and downloading "Astro File Manager."

Once you've downloaded Astro File Manager, open the application.

In Astro, press the Menu button on your Android device and select Tools.

In the Tools menu, select "Application Manager/Backup."

Astro will load the list of your installed packages. Check the file(s) you want to back up to side-load to another Android device. Select the "Backup" button. A status bar will display the progress of the backup.

Once the backup is complete, select the "Backed Up Apps" tab to confirm that the files you selected were backed up.

Copy the .apk file from your source Android device to your target Android device.

About

Donovan Colbert has over 16 years of experience in the IT Industry. He's worked in help-desk, enterprise software support, systems administration and engineering, IT management, and is a regular contributor for TechRepublic. Currently, his profession...

11 comments
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kdusang
kdusang

An easy way to do this is with freeware Android Injector for pc. (http://www.androidinjector.com) Android Injector allows users to install multiple apk files onto Android devices via USB cable effortlessly. Users need only connect their device to their pc using a USB cable, select some apk files, and click Install. The program then silently goes about installing the selected apps and lets you know when it's done. The new version makes this even easier by seamlessly integrating with Windows shell, allowing users to select any amount of apk files in Explorer, right-click, then click "Install with Android Injector" from the context menu. The program then opens with the files loaded, ready to be installed.

ecwinslow
ecwinslow

For example, I have a little Dart, which has limited space for packages (177MB) but a big enough microSD (2GB). I'd like to just keep less-used apps on SD and be able to quickly install as needed. Creating .apk's and installing on the fly from SD? (I haven't read the whole article yet... :-) =e

radleym
radleym

Since most Android devices suport USB, uSD, wifi and/or bluetooth, you can usually just copy the. apk file from one device to another, or from one device to your PC to another. Get a decent file manager for android that includes ftp and/or http hosting, or get one of the free ftp server apps from the market. A decent file manager will know to install the apk file on the destination machine. Of course you need root access ...

Regulus
Regulus

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