Install Android Application(APK) From Computer to Android Mobile or Tablet or Emulator

Step 1 : Enable Usb Debugging System from your mobile

Settings => Developer Options =>Usb debugging

Note: If you dont find the Developer Options.
  • Open Settings> About on your Android phone or tablet.
  • If you have a Samsung Galaxy S4, Note 8.0, Tab 3  or any other Galaxy device with Android 4.2, open Settings> More tab> About and tap it.
  • If you have Galaxy Note 3 or any Galaxy device with Android 4.3, go to Galaxy Note 3 from Settings> General> About and tap the Build version 7 times.
  • Now scroll to Build number and tap it 7  times.
  • After tapping the Build Number 7 times, you will see a message “You are now a developer!” If you have a Galaxy S4 or any other Samsung Galaxy device with Android
  • 4.2, the message reads as follows- “Developer mode has been enabled”.

Step2 : Enable Unknown Source Checkbox (Allow Installation of non-market Applications)
  • In Gingerbread version : Goto  Settings => Applications => Unknown Source
  • Latest Version : Security => Unknown Sources

Step3 : If you dont hav Android Sdk ,Download Android Sdk From this link in the form of zip file
Step4 : Extract or install the downloaded file
Step5 : Goto   Sdk =>platform-tools
Step6 : Press and Hold shift button and click right click on Platform-tools folder. now u will get context menu as below .
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Step7 : In that menu Click ‘Open Command Window Here’ , is used to open the Dos Prompt for current path.
Step8 :  Check your device or emulator is connected or not by this command. and make sure device is connected  by seeing the list of devices
adb devices
list of devices.png

Step9 : Consider My apk is located in “C:\Users\User\Desktop\New folder\demo.apk”
Commands to install the apk

adb install <path_to_apk>

Example : adb install “C:\Users\User\Desktop\New folder\Apk_Cropping_Image.apk”

For Specific Devices Use ‘-s’

adb -s emulator-5556 install “C:\Users\User\Desktop\New folder\Apk_Cropping_Image.apk”


If you are giving wrong path you will get the missing file like below screenshot. so enter the currect path

MIssing apk.png