How to install application on the android tablet or android phone

There is a few ways to install application on the tablet or in the phone. Here is the list of the potential possibilities:

1. Use external file host.
I prefer solution like "Google Drive" or "DropBox". Simply upload from the PC apk to the service and on the phone/tablet use web interface or mobile application to download that file into the android tablet or phone. Save the file onto SD card and install.

2. Use Android SDK.
This one is for the more advanced users but is probably fastest and cleanest way of installing application into the android tablet or the android phone.

a. Install android SDK. Choose platform tools when installing the SDK
b. Run command shell or terminal (depending on what operating system You are i.e. Windows / Linux ? MacOSX) and issue fallowing command:
adb -s deviceName install path/to/Application/Application.apk
adb install path/to/Application/Application.apk
Use first one if You have connected to the PC more then one device and want to install application into specific one and not the first one. Path is file path to the application. On the Linux ? MacOSX it looks something like this:
or (replace UserName with the actual/Your user name)
 on Windows operating system like Windows XP or Windows Vista / 7 it looks more like this:

What is good about this approach is that is fastest way of installing application into the device but it require some technical knowledge about command line or what the path is.

3. SD Card
Most android tablets and phones allow user to add additional SD Card. Mostly it's an Micro SD card that usually can be something between 8GB and 32GB of the storage space. Use that SDCard to transfer Your application into the tabled or phone. This unfortunately require external or build in SD reader for the PC. If You are using Laptop then You probably already have build in SD Card reader.
Simply copy interesting file into the SD Card and stick it back into Your android table or the android phone.
Android device will usually report such SD Card as external SDCard so You will need to use some kind of the file manager to access tablet or phone file system and install application.

4. External HDD Drive
Most people nowadays use external USD drive to store their data. Android like any other device can also support such device. Simply connect that drive to the android tablet or the phone and install interesting You application.

5. Networking
Practically android tablet or phone without Internet access is useless. But with it it can be portable TV / eBook reader or game platform. But connecting device to the network give us an opportunity to connect to other devices like, for example, home PC. That give us file sharing capabilities between PC and Android tablet or the phone. There are 2 options:

a. SMB
Samba is simple file sharing protocol that allows to copy / past / and print files between connected devices. Simply install any modern file manager into android device and using it point to the PC. Usually it's done using local IP address like After copying application into the tablet or phone simply install it.
 Unfortunately this solution has major flaw with is inability to stream data. With means that if I want, for example, read 50MB PDF book then I have to download that file upfront. Remedy for this one is solution b.:

It's more advanced file sharing mechanism that allows everything what SMB but with the improvment of file streaming. Well it's actually not true, because CIFS "simulate" file system.

What's most important is that using this mechanism I don't need to download my 50MB PDF but I can "request" using CIFS page i.e. 4 and read only that. As You can see that's much faster then downloading 50MB eBook file, not to mention space saver!.

The major problem with this is that this require so called cifs.ko driver. Its Linux kernel driver / extension that allows all of this magic happen. But not many tablet or phone developers release devices with this model.
 If You are lucky enough and company released source code then probably this module is available for Your devices and I strongly suggest to get it and try it for Yourself.
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