How to update non-Market downloaded apps?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by winchendonsprings, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Is there a way to update apps that weren't directly downloaded from the Market?

    A friend gave me the Weather channel app without the ads. He gave me the .apk installer file.

    Now that I have the Weather channel app that I didnt get from the store, therefore not in "My Downloads" section of the market, how do I update it?

    There must be a simple fix, but i could seem to track it down on the forums.

  2. njKeever

    njKeever Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2009
    Try the aTrackDog app
  3. thanks.

    so, in aTrackdog when I go to update an app it asks me if I want to install from the market. Now since the Weather channel app I have I didnt pay for or get from the Market, Will I be charged for it?

    EDIT: okay, I see what it does. It brings you directly to the Market where you complete the update yourself.

    Is there a way where I can have the Weather channel app show up in the "My Downloads" section of the market? Or at least update directly from the version i have?
  4. malcom2073

    malcom2073 Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2009
    So you're asking how to update a pirated app..... I think that's a bit beyond the scope of these forums isn't it?

    How to update a pirated app:
    Go buy the app rather than illegally downloading it. Then you can update it without issue.
  5. ya. I like to think I'm not that much of a cheapskate to avoid 2 bucks. I'm just curious and trying to figure a few things out.

    Here's a question I have, When you get an app from the Market does the process go like this?
    - .apk file is downloaded to your phone
    - installer runs and installs files in proper directories
    - .apk file is trashed
  6. brnr17

    brnr17 Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    A.K.A. ... uhhh oh no no i would never do that .. but if someone were too ..
  7. Johnny Cakes

    Johnny Cakes Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    The legitimate use for the info in this thread is that I have backed up all my apps when I had to take my Samsung Moment to the Sprint store to get updated (no OTA updates right now). The update completely wiped out my phone and made it as it was on day one. I have restpred all my apps from a backup, but none appear in the "My Download" section. Yes, I could go download them all again, but if there were an easier way to get them into "My Download" so I'd be notified of updates, that would be way cool.
    salunte84 likes this.

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