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How to Install and Uninstall Android Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on September 22nd, 2011

It goes without saying that it’s the quality of apps that contribute the most to the Android experience. So it is quite understandable that one of the first tasks new Android owners set themselves is that of finding useful and entertaining apps to install.

In this Android app installation guide we hope to provide clear instructions on how one goes about installing and uninstalling Android apps.

In essence, there are two ways to install apps on an Android. The most common and easy way is to use the Android marketplace. The Android Marketplace is basically an app directory that lists a majority of the Android applications that are available.

However there are apps that aren’t available in the Marketplace – to install those you will need to see the Android APK Installation Guide.

How to Install Android Apps Using the Market

Installing Android apps is a relatively simple process once you are using the Android market:

  1. Ensure that you have Internet connectivity, then use the Applications Menu, to open the Android Marketplace
  2. Browse the many apps and games that are listed there, or use the search field to quickly find a specific app. Look at the ratings, descriptions and screen shots then make a decision on which apps you want to install
  3. Click on the application you are interested in to view more details; after you have made a decision to install the app simply click the “Install” button towards the bottom of the screen
  4. The next screen outlines what the app needs to work. If you are OK with the permissions that the app requires, agree to the terms and it should start installing.

How to Install Android Apps from a PC  

Without a question, using a PC is better way to explore the Android Market than using a phone. You can log into your Google account from your PC and then search the Android Marketplace for apps.

Once you find the apps you like, click “INSTALL” and they will be sent directly to, and installed on the phone or tablet you had specified under “MY Devices”.

How to Uninstall Android Apps

Inevitably you’ll find apps on your device that you don’t need or want.  Whether you’ve decided to do some house cleaning, simply want to remove your least favorite apps or just want to get rid of some troublemakers, there will come a time when you will need to uninstall apps.

Here is what you will need to do in order to uninstall Android apps.

  • Open the Google Android “Menu”
  • Click “Settings” then “Applications”
  • Next, click on “Manage”, a list of installed apps should appear

Select what you want to uninstall and then click “Uninstall”.

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How to Use Off-Market APK Files to Install Android Apps

Posted By Steve McFarlane on September 22nd, 2011

Even though the Android Market is the best place to discover Android applications, there are still lots of apps that aren’t listed there. That may be the case if the developer hasn’t gone through the trouble of listing the app yet or the app may have been removed for some reason.

In some instances you may be able to find, download and install an off-market copy of the app, which is normally packaged in the APK file.

Installing Off-market APK Apps from PC

There is more than one way to install Android APK files. For example, you can copy the APK to the SD card and use ASTRO file manager to browse for the APK and install it.

OR

You can use a simpler solution that involves using the free service found at APKInstall.com; it has a 30 MB APK file limit, but it works well.

Before you start, you may need to change a setting on your Android so you can install from non-Market sources. Click “Menu” > “Settings” > “Applications” and then select “Unknown Sources”.

Using the APKinstall service:

  • Download the app’s APK onto your computer
  • From the same computer, visit this website www.apkinstall.com, and click  “Browse files”; select the APK you had downloaded
  • The website will upload the file and create a QR code for you to scan
  • To install the app, use your Android’s QR code scanner to scan the code. Please note that you must scan the code within 15 minutes of uploading the APK file to the site, otherwise the download to your phone will fail. This is because the file is deleted from the website after 15 minutes
  • If you don’t get onscreen directions from here on, click the “Open browser” button, to download the app onto your Android
  • Tap on the downloaded app to install it, then the “Install” button to complete the process.

The app should now be installed and ready for you to start using.

Tip: If your phone is set to block the installation of apps that aren’t sourced from the Market you may get an error message saying: “Install blocked; For security, your phone is set to block installation of applications not sourced in Android Market”

To work around this issue try rooting the phone. A great place to find the instructions for doing so can be found at the XDA forum.
Sources: TechJournal, APKinstall

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