How To Install APK File On Android Emulator

By: David M.T

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Uploaded on 01/11/2013
This video tutorial will show you how to install apk file on android emulator from pc. It is very easy to do this and what you need is:

1. Path to platform-tools located within your android-sdk installation directory
2. Your .apk file
3. android emulator
4. cmd

Follow this video and you will be able to install any apk file on your android emulator for any kind of app you want to test its functionality/analyzing

Here is a step by step tutorial

Comments (2):

By anonymous    2017-09-20


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

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

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