Tips: How to install apk files on Android Emulator

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If you are new to Android and looking for a way to test some of the currently available Android applications, here is how to proceed :

  1. First get the Android SDK and unzip it somewhere on your hard drive
  2. Add SDK_ROOT to your system variables pointing to /tools folder under the sdk
  3. Run the emulator
  4. Copy the apk file to /tools folder
  5. Change directory to /tools and run from commandline $adb install your_application.apk
  6. Now check applications list in the emulator and you should see the new application installed and ready.

Some pointed me to the error message when running adb on windows : * deamon still not running * error: no device.

In this case try to shutdown adb server and start it manually using :
$adb kill-server
$adb start-server

You can test if deamon is working by running $adb shell

The uninstall procedure is

$adb shell rm your_application.apk

Hope this help, enjoy !

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