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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by michaelpham, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. michaelpham

    michaelpham Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I need help installing applications that I downloaded from a friend. They are in the form of zipped files. Is there anyone that can help me. Possibly send me a link with directions on how to install. I searched for the thread but had no luck. First of all I downloaded the file and it is zipped. So i unzipped it and copied the unzipped files onto my sd card into an applications folder I had created. From there I opened the applications folder with Astro but I dont know where to go from here.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
     


  2. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon
    VIP Member

    Depends.

    If those files end in .tar.gz you've certainly gotten some backup files that you're never going to get installed - it's possible the same is true for whatever else you have.

    On the other hand - if all you get unzipped are files ending in .apk, then while in ASTRO, a single tap will either launch the installer or give you the dialog to do just that.

    Welcome to the forum!
     
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  3. michaelpham

    michaelpham Lurker
    Thread Starter

    they are in some sort of xml format. I'm not sure. Yeah I was looking for the .apk files but was unable to find them. I was told that if I download through my phone it will download as html and I have to change them to .apk. I was unable to download through my phone as well so I don't know what to do
     
  4. ifight4cake

    ifight4cake Lurker

    i tried installing zipped applications by renaming. but in astro it just shows the app's icon as a gear in front of some type of window browser. when i try to install it just says "There is a problem parsing the package". Help??
     
  5. jovirex

    jovirex Newbie

    same with me..ive got a problem on com.htc.bgp,it force closes on its own..I had read from other sites that I have to download weatherprovider.apk and weatherprovider.odex to change the old app.I downloaded the said apps and tried to install it into the phone..the problem is it says,"there's a problem parsing the package"..I tried to install those apps by rooting my phone..

    best wishes,
    Jovirex
     
  6. brianvillage5

    brianvillage5 Well-Known Member

    Normally if I download a zipped app I can extract it with astro or es file explorer and that will give me the apk. File so I can install the app.
     
  7. MizzouBrent

    MizzouBrent Android Expert

    I guess my first question is what are you trying to install that you can't get from the Play Store already? I'm not accusing you of anything, but I hope you're not trying to install someone else's copy of a paid app.

    EDIT: Never mind, I now realize this thread is super old. My opinion stands :)
     
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  8. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    I agree with your opinion :) also you need to be careful trying to run even free apps that a friend has especially if they have a different phone. Some apps are phone specific so it may give you major problems anyways.
     

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