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Old June 9th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all,

Follow this simple route:

At least for one time u should activate internet services from ur network.
Then download Astro File Manager (2 MB) to your android mobile.
Install it and that's it.
Now disconnect from internet services from your network operator.
Download .apk files from Android Freeware: Download Free Android Software and Games or any other similar site to ur computer.
Connect ur phone to computer. Copy all .apk files into the memory card of ur phone.
Browse these .apk files through Astro File Manager and u can install them without the need of android market anymore......
This procedure is simple once u get used to it.
This is just to avoid high internet download charges from network operators than cable internet.
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All Android phones have WIFI capabilities...turn on WIFI on your phone, connect to the network and you can go to the market and download your apps. Wouldn't that be easier to download apps

I think this tip is better for people who cannot access some type of apps, like paid ones, on the market.
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Or, if you only have the .apk on your computer, upload it to dropbox, open dropbox app on android, click file, install.

No need to connect the phone to the computer.
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I think this tip is better for people who cannot access some type of apps, like paid ones, on the market.
I suspect he's just advertising the website.
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I suspect he's just advertising the website.
Doesn't seem like he's a spammer from his other post. It seems like this was an issue he had and he's sharing his solution with everyone else.
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Doesn't seem like he's a spammer from his other post. It seems like this was an issue he had and he's sharing his solution with everyone else.
I didn't call him a spammer. From what I could see, the apps on the website are entirely (and legally) free, so not (technically, at least) spam, whether or not it's his site.

But I didn't read any other posts of his, so I may be blowing hot air. Dunno. Just wasn't accusing him of spam. 'Cause I hate Spam. lol
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Defo spam.
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Or, if you only have the .apk on your computer, upload it to dropbox, open dropbox app on android, click file, install.

No need to connect the phone to the computer.
....I can't believe this never occured to me.
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Thanks! The Dropbox tip worked like a charm.
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with dropbox, if i upload a apk to my dropbox, if i than download it on to my phone will it try to install automatically or would i just be able to save it to my memory card to install another time?
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with dropbox, if i upload a apk to my dropbox, if i than download it on to my phone will it try to install automatically or would i just be able to save it to my memory card to install another time?
You can move it anywhere on your sdcard that you want, or just leave it in the Dropbox folder. It won't install until you click on it in Astro, or any other installation app, and tell it to install.
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were do i get dropbox from, do i get it from the dropbox site from here :: https://www.dropbox.com/android
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were do i get dropbox from, do i get it from the dropbox site from here :: https://www.dropbox.com/android
Sign up for dropbox on that website and download the software on your computer. Afterwards, go onto the market and install the Dropbox app. Log into it with your account and you're ready to go
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whats the need in going on the market if you can download it direct from the dropbox site
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whats the need in going on the market if you can download it direct from the dropbox site
You can do that too, I just find that it's faster on the market :P Plus some phones don't allow to access apps outside of the market.
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if you have a g1 handy just back em up with astro and copy them off the sd card...
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umm. why would you go through all this trouble..
all you need to do is connect to a wifi network on your phone and download .apk files to your phone or do it throught the comp. and you dont need to worry about high download charges if you have unlimited data.. who would get a smartphone without a unlimited data plan???
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umm. why would you go through all this trouble..
all you need to do is connect to a wifi network on your phone and download .apk files to your phone or do it throught the comp. and you dont need to worry about high download charges if you have unlimited data.. who would get a smartphone without a unlimited data plan???
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If you are using Dropbox to download the .apk, onto your phone, you are transferring the same amount of data as if you just used the Market on your phone.

So, the data cost is the same.
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If you are using Dropbox to download the .apk, onto your phone, you are transferring the same amount of data as if you just used the Market on your phone.

So, the data cost is the same.
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Thanks for taking interest in my post.... that was my first post after purchasing Xperia ... i knew little about Android then..... so i could not explain much.....

But after seeing this post, as many as 50 people mailed me in the past one yr regarding the apps installation.....

I keep on replying them as good as i can......

@ Instantkarma..... I am not a spammer nor I own that website..... at that time i know only that site..... so i helped everybody.. who are new to android...

Any way thanks a lot and love android
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Thanks for taking interest in my post.... that was my first post after purchasing Xperia ... i knew little about Android then..... so i could not explain much.....

But after seeing this post, as many as 50 people mailed me in the past one yr regarding the apps installation.....

I keep on replying them as good as i can......

@ Instantkarma..... I am not a spammer nor I own that website..... at that time i know only that site..... so i helped everybody.. who are new to android...

Any way thanks a lot and love android
Hey cud u please help me out..
1) I recently bought an xperia x10i(android 2,1)...but sadly i dont have any data services yet.And i wud love to download .apk files using my pc's broadband connection and transfer it to sd card.But my phone didnt come with any apps installer or file manager
what should i do?...i have seen some forums where in i need to download some software to my pc...but i didnt fully understand it...could u please explain step by step method of how to do that and also let me know if there is any harm if i do so

2) If by whatever means i get any data or 3g services for sometime....wat should i do then?
i dont have any android market pre installed in it as i bought it from middle east...and i reside in india
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1) I recently bought an xperia x10i(android 2,1)...but sadly i dont have any data services yet.And i wud love to download .apk files using my pc's broadband connection and transfer it to sd card.But my phone didnt come with any apps installer or file manager
what should i do?...i have seen some forums where in i need to download some software to my pc...but i didnt fully understand it...could u please explain step by step method of how to do that and also let me know if there is any harm if i do so

2) If by whatever means i get any data or 3g services for sometime....wat should i do then?
i dont have any android market pre installed in it as i bought it from middle east...and i reside in india
Would you be able to access any WIFI so that you have Internet that way?
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no...not until few days
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I guess you'll be appless for a few days. It really sucks that there's no file manager that comes stock on the X10.
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I guess you'll be appless for a few days. It really sucks that there's no file manager that comes stock on the X10.
yeah it sucks!!...hey when the get access to wi-fi from where should i install the latestversion of app installer?...i dont have android market pre-installed
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Are you rooted? I'm not sure why your X10 wouldn't have the Market installed already. :/ It might be that your carrier took the market app off the X10 :/

I would recommend that you post your issue in the X10 Forum and get specific help there if you want the market as some ROMs might have the market included but this entails that you Root your phone. The members over there can give you more help with that

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Are you rooted? I'm not sure why your X10 wouldn't have the Market installed already. :/ It might be that your carrier took the market app off the X10 :/

I would recommend that you post your issue in the X10 Forum and get specific help there if you want the market as some ROMs might have the market included but this entails that you Root your phone. The members over there can give you more help with that

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maybe it is because it bought it from middle east and android market is not available there....but i post there anyway
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Are you rooted? I'm not sure why your X10 wouldn't have the Market installed already. :/ It might be that your carrier took the market app off the X10 :/

I would recommend that you post your issue in the X10 Forum and get specific help there if you want the market as some ROMs might have the market included but this entails that you Root your phone. The members over there can give you more help with that

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what is rooting?...i dont know much.Please do explain
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Rooting gives you super user access to your phone. You have the same control as an Administrator on a computer. You have the ability to uninstall stock apps you don't want. You can overclock the CPU for faster processing power or underclock it to increase battery life. Where rooting shine is that you have the ability to load custom ROMs. I've read that there are a few custom ROMs that will include the market app. Please be careful with rooting as it will void your warranty. Do as much research as you can before you root and flash custom ROMs.

If you want to know more, you can read the posts in the root forum: X10 - All Things Root - Android Forums
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Rooting gives you super user access to your phone. You have the same control as an Administrator on a computer. You have the ability to uninstall stock apps you don't want. You can overclock the CPU for faster processing power or underclock it to increase battery life. Where rooting shine is that you have the ability to load custom ROMs. I've read that there are a few custom ROMs that will include the market app. Please be careful with rooting as it will void your warranty. Do as much research as you can before you root and flash custom ROMs.

If you want to know more, you can read the posts in the root forum: X10 - All Things Root - Android Forums
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Rooting gives you super user access to your phone. You have the same control as an Administrator on a computer. You have the ability to uninstall stock apps you don't want. You can overclock the CPU for faster processing power or underclock it to increase battery life. Where rooting shine is that you have the ability to load custom ROMs. I've read that there are a few custom ROMs that will include the market app. Please be careful with rooting as it will void your warranty. Do as much research as you can before you root and flash custom ROMs.

If you want to know more, you can read the posts in the root forum: X10 - All Things Root - Android Forums
sorry for being such a noobie here...but wat is ROM?
read only memory?
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ouch! just connect to a wifi network!!
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Thanks hidinu. I just installed worldmate which I needed badly and which I was unable to download directly from market by using your suggestion.
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Hi all. I just got a T-mobile MOVE and wanted to install some games and i encountered a problem with certain games (downloaded a whole lot of them with torrent). Some of them aren't just *.apk files but they have a cache folder as well usually with a rar file and i cant seem to get those games to work (when i try the apk file it installs but when launched error occures since additional files are required - i guess the ones that are rar-ed but i dont know how to set my phone to recognize those files in the archive).. any ideas?
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It is not safe to install apps like that.These may contain files which steal your data....download applications only from android market!
U better delete those files from ur sd card...u cannot trust apps outside the market...then can be very harmful at times
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Yes,it is free(upto 2gb).You can buy the paid version for more space and features.
1) U'l have to download "Dropbox" from the market to ur phone
2)Download Dropbox.exe from the website Dropbox - Simplify your life to your pc and install it

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Hi all,

Follow this simple route:

At least for one time u should activate internet services from ur network.
Then download Astro File Manager (2 MB) to your android mobile.
Install it and that's it.
Now disconnect from internet services from your network operator.
Download .apk files from Android Freeware: Download Free Android Software and Games or any other similar site to ur computer.
Connect ur phone to computer. Copy all .apk files into the memory card of ur phone.
Browse these .apk files through Astro File Manager and u can install them without the need of android market anymore......
This procedure is simple once u get used to it.
This is just to avoid high internet download charges from network operators than cable internet.
If you have any doubts regarding this u can mail me to: hidinu@gmail.com
Thanks and have a gr8 day..

As someone new to Android the above info was along the lines I was just Googling for. (How to find / save /install file *.apk's - copy manually.)

Bandwidth /accessibility reasons aside, Having the option to restore from files locally is something not to be dismissed.

I think the market is a great idea- but I can see downsides to having everything in one place:
(Ever heard the expression not to put ALL you eggs in the SAME basket?)

1: A app you may like may disappear from the market. EG: I just read a post saying some apps that find WiFi hotspots were pulled from the Apple marketplace. I would assume that if the app works too well it might "disappear". (Author might pull them too- Author might decide the support hassles are too much)

2: One day- the marketplace may require payment to enter?
(Is this true? -if so time frame?)
Heck- with Google? and various companies getting tracking/marketing info/The Gmail man reading thru all your Gmail and tracking which sites you go to/where you go everyday I doubt #3 below will happen..Too much valuable data... Or am I wrong? Coming from a PC background I have a dislike of apps that "dial home" and transmit data.
3: One day -the marketplace may "end", ala like the marketplace for Windows Mobile devices.
(MS in their stupidity - and their rush to promote Windows Phone 7 has closed down web access to the WM marketplace- and will totally shut if off in OCT-2011 from what I've read. MS has also turned off the Microsoft My Phone app- that allows you to restore data after a wipe/loss/replacement of a phone.)


Q: Just purchased (2) LG Optimus V's... via the marketplace downloaded some apps on phone #1.... What is the process to restore - or should I say install those apps on phone #2 once logged in?

Q: Related- what folder are install files stored? Are they deleted after the installer runs? Is it possible to copy install file to SD card, say creating a folder called SwSetup and run the apk files from there- preserving the install files?

Q: Is it possible to download the *apk /install file directly to a PC from the marketplace? (I assume no)

Q: I read about Anti-Virus for Andriod (linux based) devices. Is it possible to download apk files to PC, then run a scan... Or copy install files to SD card (EG: To SwSetup) and run a scan before you install?

PS: Sorry for the dumb questions/ or info that is not "spot-on"- new to Android.
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I guess you'll be appless for a few days. It really sucks that there's no file manager that comes stock on the X10.
Dragg.. I have an unlimited internet plan , I use it on my laptop.

But one thing i came to know that when i try to use my laptop as a wifi ad-hoc, it dont even scan the wifi network, as that used to work on my nokia n95.

Tried connectify, it do the same(creates an ad-hoc connecttion).

So what is the possible solution here now?
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I couldn't find an app on the market even though it was advertised on their site(sidereel) so i downloaded it directly from the site as an apk. file, googled how to get it onto my phone and got this topic straight away, thank you all dropbox is my new best friend lol
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i tried installing a couple of apps from the Android Market website. i clicked the INSTALL button and says that This app will be downloaded to your device shortly. but nothing happens it says that its installed but as i search for any signs on my device (Sony Ericsson ST18i/xperia ray).. (Install Android Apps From Your Computer: Android Market Website Overview) from youtube<< i watched the video which was simple enough yet when i did the instructions still it seems that non of the apps that says on my Android Market (My Library) has been Installed is not yet installed when I search for them on my device.. please help me.. it is my first time to purchase an android phone so some assistance will be much appreciated... thank you
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i tried installing a couple of apps from the Android Market website. i clicked the INSTALL button and says that This app will be downloaded to your device shortly. but nothing happens it says that its installed but as i search for any signs on my device (Sony Ericsson ST18i/xperia ray).. (Install Android Apps From Your Computer: Android Market Website Overview) from youtube<< i watched the video which was simple enough yet when i did the instructions still it seems that non of the apps that says on my Android Market (My Library) has been Installed is not yet installed when I search for them on my device.. please help me.. it is my first time to purchase an android phone so some assistance will be much appreciated... thank you
Did you sign into your Google account right? Was there a option for you to pick your mobile device?? Google reads your phone model numbers. Mine is MB860, which is the model number for the Motorola Atrix. Google has it's set up this way as people have multiple devices for their account.
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i'v logged in and download the Dropbox and dropbox.apk to my pc and upload the dropbox.apk to my android phone and started to use it. i paste an apk file to the dropbox which i use in pc and tried to install the apk file to my phone through the dropbox of my phone, but it asks me to connect to the internet connection. so that means dropbox is not allowing me to install apps free?? though it says that 2G free.. i jst dnt get it. So installing apps from android market through phone operator is similar to using dropbox.. what is the difference?i'v to pay the same.
hidinu u'r strategy works soo well. thanks.
Another qus: if i download apk files or apps outside the market [like the hidinu mentioned] site and install it to my sd card is it safe?? i heard that "outside the market don't install any app it wil harm ur cell phone"

so what can i do? [p.s. i already use AVG antivirus]

by the way if anyone want to help me further plz go to this link :
http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-ace/469854-can-i-install-apps-my-mobile-using-wimax-connection-i-use-my-pc.html#post3704766
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@muhit23 I have never had issues downloading apps from my dropbox app and installing it on my phone. If your carrier restricts you from outside of the market, that might be the issue.

Unless the app that you download outside of the market is from a reputable source like the Amazon App Store or some others that the developers agreed to market their apps on, you don't really know whoever uploaded the app didn't alter it for malicious reason.
So, the app from the market don't have any permission used for malware but the same app you got off the Internet might.
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pls help me how to install android app frm pc to my cell.i hv downloaded the apk file installer n also clicked the run me bat n it also work bt i went app market n tried to download app bt its ws nt showing download bt only it ws showing the the app will be downloaded shortly.y is that happening?
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hi guys,

i have a android phone. i have opened the website android market and trying to install the apps on my phone. however i got the message that "the application will be sent to your phone shortly" the application was never sent to my phone.. please advise on how to install the apps on my phone by accessing the android market on pc
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You know, I tried this yesterday and it seems there's something wrong with their servers.

It normally is instant, but yesterday it was taking too long.. So I just downloaded from the phone.
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@muhit23 I have never had issues downloading apps from my dropbox app and installing it on my phone. If your carrier restricts you from outside of the market, that might be the issue.

Unless the app that you download outside of the market is from a reputable source like the Amazon App Store or some others that the developers agreed to market their apps on, you don't really know whoever uploaded the app didn't alter it for malicious reason.
So, the app from the market don't have any permission used for malware but the same app you got off the Internet might.
I think the authors should be required to publish the "file hash" (CRC, MD5, etc) of the installer package, that's the only way to verify the file hasn't been tampered with.

Note to the authors,doing so in a round about way protects your good name- and would reduce support issues. EG: MD-5 doesn't match- not my app /installer package.
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