aryaxt aryaxt - 1 year ago 58
Android Question

How do you install an APK file in the Android emulator?

I finally managed to obfuscate my Android application, now I want to test it by installing the APK file and running it on the emulator.

How can I install an APK file on the Android Emulator?

Answer Source


  1. Execute the emulator (SDK Manager.exe->Tools->Manage AVDs...->New then Start)
  2. Start the console (Windows XP), Run -> type cmd, and move to the platform-tools folder of SDK directory.
  3. Paste the APK file in the 'android-sdk\tools' or 'platform-tools' folder.
  4. Then type the following command.

    adb install [.apk path]


    adb install C:\Users\Name\MyProject\build\Jorgesys.apk


  1. Copy the apk file to platform-tools in android-sdk linux folder.
  2. Open Terminal and navigate to platform-tools folder in android-sdk.
  3. Then Execute this command -

    ./adb install FileName.apk

  4. If the operation is successful (the result is displayed on the screen), then you will find your file in the launcher of your emulator.



Example : PATH=$PATH:/users/jorgesys/eclipse/android-sdk-mac_64/tools

Then run adb.


1.Run the emulator,

2.then copy your .apk file and paste into /Users/your_system_username/Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools,

2.1. if you are not able to find sdk path in your mac system, do the following steps,Open finder->select Go option on top menu -> select Go to Folder option -> it will popup a window with a textfield: /Users/your_system_username/Library/Android/sdk/ -> now open platform-tools folder and paste your copied .apk file,

  1. Now open terminal and type the following: cd Library/Android/sdk/platform-tools

  2. execute the following in your terminal: ./adb install yourapkfilename.apk

4.1. if you get the following error message: error: no devices found - waiting for device - follow the step 5.

  1. Run your emulator from Android Studio, once emulator active then repeat step 4, you will see the success message on your terminal.