How to Install Apps on Your Android Phone using a PC

Many times it becomes inconvenient for us to download apps on our Android device(s). Possible reasons could be slow internet connectivity, insufficient memory or storage problems etc. Therefore, we always prefer to download & store our apps on a Computer and install them on a phone whenever required. But what if you’ve factory reset your phone or have installed stock firmware / custom ROM? You’ve to install each & every app again by manually. But don’t worry! We’ve a workaround for this problem.

I know there are many apps available on Play Store that can install apps in bulk. But before you install apps (in bulk), you need to store them on your phone storage / SD card. Moreover, for low end devices, bulk installation may get stopped or may not continue because of low RAM & slow processing speed. The point is, you can install number of apps (at a time) in your phone using a PC rather than installing them from a phone itself. And there are two methods for this operation.

First method uses USB cable (physical connection between phone & PC) while second method uses Wi-Fi connectivity (no physical contact between PC & phone). Working of both methods is explained below.

How to Install Apps on Your Android Phone using a Computer:

Method 1: Using Android Injector (Requires USB Cable)

In this method, we’re going to use a tool called Android Injector. As the name implies, it is used to install single / multiple apps at a time (from PC to your Android phone). But before you use this method you must have following things activated in your Android device:

  • USB Debugging option must be enabled in your device.
  • Unknown Sources option must be ticked. This allows installation of apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.
  • You must have USB cable to connect your phone with the PC.
  • Device specific drivers must be installed in the PC.

So, if you’ve fulfilled all the requirements mentioned above, let us head towards the actual procedure.

  • Download Android Injector from the link given below:
  1. Android Injector (Mirror)
  • Install it in your PC & then launch the same.
  • Now, connect your device to the PC.
  • From the application interface choose “Select files(s)” option & browse for the apk(s) you want to install on your phone.
  • After selecting single / multiple apk(s), press “Install to device” button & wait for Android Injector to finish installation of the chosen apps.
  • Android Injector will show Success Message if apk(s) are installed successfully.
  • Here are some screenshots of the Android Injector:

When Single App is selected:

Android Injector Screen 2

When Multiple apps are selected:

Android Injector Screen 3

While Apps are being processed for the installation:

Android Injector Screen 4

When apps are installed successfully on a device:

Android Injector Screen 1

This is how you can install multiple apps on your phone without even touching it. Android Injector does it’s job very well. But what if you want to install apps without using a USB cable (or if you don’t have one). Well, there is a workaround for this problem. It’s explained in the Method 2. Let’s check it out.

Method 2: Using WiFi ADB App (Wireless Method)

With this method, you’ll able to install an App in your phone without even connecting it to the PC. Everything will be done wirelessly. Being a remote installation method it some cons and pros. Let’s find out what are they:

Pros:

  • NO need to Install device specific drivers (Big Advantage over method 1).
  • NO need to have a USB cable (Of course).

Cons:

  • Only one app can be installed at a time.
  • You’ve to enter the same command multiple times for installation of multiple apps.
  • ROOT is Required.

Also, there are some things that you need to enable in your device. They are as follows:

  • USB Debugging option must be enabled in your device.
  • Unknown Sources option must be ticked. This allows installation of apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.

Assuming that you’ve gone through all the setup mentioned above, we’ll now check out how to install an app over Wi-Fi.

  • Firstly, download and install WiFi ADB app on your phone.
  1. Click here to download WiFi ADB.
  • Download & Install Connectify Software in your PC. It will act as a Hotspot.
  1. Click here to download Connectify Hotspot Software
  • Once you install & setup Connectify Hotspot, press “Start Hotspot” button to start the Hotspot.

Connectify Hotspot

  • Also, download the ADB files on your PC & extract them to a convenient location.
  1. Click here to Download ADB Files.
  • Open the folder where youve just extracted ADB files (4 files).
  • Copy and paste the .apk (app) file (that you want to install in your phone) in a folder where you’ve extracted 4 ADB files. That folder will now contain total 5 files inside it. Take a look at the screenshot given below (I have pasted Skype.apk in ADB folder).

Screen1

  • Now Open command prompt in Windows & point its directory to the extracted folder (ORYou can do the same as: open extracted folder (where ADB & apk files are located), Press & hold shift key and then right click on the free space in the same folder. When right clicked and holding shift button, youll seeOpen Command window here option. Select it & command prompt will be opened pointing to that directory).

  • On phone, Turn on Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi can be enabled from Settings –> Wireless & Network –> Wi-Fi).
  • After enabling Wi-Fi, connect it to Hotspot you created on your PC (using Connectify).
  • Launch WiFi ADB app on your phone (which you’ve downloaded & installed earlier).

WiFi ADB Screen 1

  • In WiFi ADB app, slide on-off button to right side to turn it on.
  • As soon as you enable WiFi ADB app, it will show you local IP and port number of your device. Keep the app running.

WiFi ADB Screen 2

  • On PC, in command prompt, enter this command:

adb connect <“IP address displayed by WiFi ADB app”:“port number“>

ADB Connect Command

  • To install the app, type this command:

adb install <appname.apk>

ADB Connect Command & InstallationNote: The apk file must exist in the folder, where you’ve extracted 4 ADB files.

  • Wait for ADB to transfer & install an apk file on your Android device.
  • If apk file is successfully installed on your phone, command prompt will show “Success” message.

Voila! You have successfully installed an apk file on your phone using a PC (by WiFi method). If you have any questions regarding this procedure, do let us know in comments, we’ll try our best to sort out the same.

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