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Quick Tip: Install APKs Easier using Dropbox

If you’ve ever been unable to download an APK file straight to your Droid or didn’t have a USB cable handy, one of the easiest ways to get that file to your device is through Dropbox.

Instructions…

1.  Download and install Dropbox from the market.  (It’s free)
2.  Set up an account if you do not already have one.
3.  Download a file on your computer and upload to your Dropbox account.
4.  Open the Dropbox app on your device and login.
5.  Browse to the folder you just uploaded your file to.
6.  Tap on it to download.
7.  When prompted, click “Install!”

Comments or questions?

Cheers @Jamerson90!

  • Ragflan

    I think ES File Explorer is more handy. I love Dropbox but with ES File Explorer, you can just share a folder with your Android phone and put everything in there. Essentially the same as Dropbox but instead of uploading to Dropbox and then downloading to your Android device, you can just connect directly to your computer. Only downside is that you gotta be in the same network.

  • Ragflan

    I think ES File Explorer is more handy. I love Dropbox but with ES File Explorer, you can just share a folder with your Android phone and put everything in there. Essentially the same as Dropbox but instead of uploading to Dropbox and then downloading to your Android device, you can just connect directly to your computer. Only downside is that you gotta be in the same network.

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  • http://twitter.com/magicswebpage Brian Cox

    wow i thought everyone knew about dropbox, sorry i didnt share this info sooner

    but add me.. we could get a our own app store going haha

    https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQ0NjU4OTU5

  • tknice

    I have a few referrals left on my Dropbox account if you would like one. You'll get an extra 250 megs.

    https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTI1NDc3ODY5

  • NAM37

    I use SugarSync ( http://www.sugarsync.com/ ) to do this… It's pretty much the same deal.

  • JeffDenver

    This should be a standard app for every Android owner. Its THAT useful. You need a task killer, you need a file explorer, and you need this.

  • http://twitter.com/DaSpiter Jonathan Seymour

    Does this imply that once you've downloaded an APK file you can move it or even delete it?

    • shane0790

      You can put it in the dropbox folder on your computer, and then when you open dropbox on your phone, it will let you download it from their secure servers directly to your phone. If you're done with the item, simply go to Astro – Sd Card – Dropbox – delete from your sd card. What this is doing is allowing you to transfer items to your device without having to hook up your cable. As of right now, there is no way to remotely delete the item from your dropbox account, but hopefully they will include it in the future. I use it all the time, which is why I sent it in

  • Barry

    Amazon S3 and the S3 Anywhere client for Android will also accomplish the same thing if you like using S3.

  • sdierks

    This makes things alot easier, I hate always having to plug in my phone to transfer a apk

  • http://twitter.com/daoist KMFT

    Even easier: Just add http://qqrr.it/ to the beginning of the URL of the APK, and then scan the resulting QR code with your phone.

    • shane0790

      but what if you've already downloaded the apk. I find myself downloading those all the time from my computer and just dropping it in the Dropbox folder. keeps them handy when i need them on the go.

      Another implementation is the Rom files for gbcoid or nesoid. they dont unzip properly on the phone and I have to use my computer either way. this just eliminates the need for my usb cable, mount the sd card, open folder, drag and drop, unmount, wait for the card reader check for errors etc.

      • http://twitter.com/daoist KMFT

        Yeah, a QR-code doesn't do you any good once it's already on your computer. But I figure most people are downloading things rather than having them laying around on their computer, so I posted another option :) As for myself I set up dropbear (included on cyanogen's roms) so I just scp things over to the phone.

        • shane0790

          Where is it located in the rom? I'm using 5.0.7.1

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    I use this all the time love it

  • Kushan

    I use APKget, so I can install from emails. Download apk to computer, email it to yourself and off you go. Acts as a backup as well.

    • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

      Cannot find

      • Kushan

        Oh my bad, it's called APKatcher, not APKget.

  • aczm1988

    Never used this untill today, this thing is pretty sweet. Instant uploads to and from my droid. Soooo much easier then hooking up my dang usb cord and mounting every time i want to move files.

  • Camaros_Kill

    I just use download crutch lite, free from the market. it allows you to download ANY file to your droid. it doesnt have desktop to phone functionality, but i think email is faster than dropbox anyway.

    • dcj001

      DropBox is great and it gives 2 GB of online storage that you can easily use to transfer files between multiple computers, iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads for free.

      If you use my referral link to register and install DropBox, you will receive an extra 250 MB of bonus space!

      https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTQwNzQ5NzM5

      • MikeC

        Thanks dcj001, I followed your link and signed up! The extra 250 MB is great, thanks again for posting that up!

      • dcj001

        All of my referrals have been used. There may be other DropBox bonus referrals. If you're interested, you should search using Google.

  • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

    Kellex hows that 6 category forum coming along or is it?

    • kellex

      It's still in the works. We had to change hosting this last week so we kind of pushed it aside for a bit. We're up and stable again now though, so we're digging back into it. :)

      • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

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  • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

    Google apps add on should be posted in root section it would help a lot and perhaps someother files hint hint

    • kellex

      Hah I get your hint. Funny actually. Not a bad idea. :)

  • http://twitter.com/DavidRaymund0 David valdez

    Another off topic question. Does anyone know why I can't install rsd lite properly on my computer?

    • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

      Get a zip program like winzip to unzip file and install. Also check rooted section here for proper rsd file older version will not communicate with droid

      • shane0790

        I use winrar to unzip and package files.

  • braydenn

    i use eoeAPPinstaller

  • CJ

    this maybe off -topic but what theme is that for notification bar? does anyone know?

    • Jordan2494

      looks like sense ui, although i dont know what it's called

    • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

      That's the Incredible…

    • kellex

      That's my Incredible, but this theme is out there I believe. Maybe Adamz's Smoked Glass?

      • Camaros_Kill

        nope, not smoked glass. BTW, anyone hear from AdamZ anymore? i used to use his roms exclusively, but after he seemingly dissapeared, i had no choice but to get to ese81 with petes bugless beast.

  • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

    The rom did not have Google services. …load one that does
    This might help dunno http://www.google.com/m/url?cd=1&ct=res&ei=VukD

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

    Say kellex (or Anyone), Do you know a way to get the marketplace back your phone??? It was some how deleted off my phone….Droid

    • OBEEZIE

      settings>privacy>factory reset. i think thats the only option

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

        Damn i was afraid of that….

        • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

          no did you wipe yet?

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

            Yes…Was there another way???

          • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

            Yea I have pulled the market app off of my phone and I could have sent it to you. Next time this happens just ask one of your friends to pull it or ask me.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

            Ok can you send to me just in case? amurray0808@yahoo.com

          • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

            Yea let me see if I can find it. I haven't done it in a while so… idk where i put it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

            Ok..Thank you and everyone for the support

          • http://allaboutdroid.wordpress.com sremex

            I sent it. Hope it works. Have fun!

          • http://www.myspace.com/abrielband Tim-o-tato

            You just go on the droid-forum and find it there. There is always links up! :-P

    • http://twitter.com/wmsco1 wmsco1

      What were you doing? New rom perhaps?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

        Yea i was switching between roms a lot in one day

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amon-Murray/1040490037 Amon Murray

      Thanks but i wiped

  • KaZx

    i found this out yesterday when i wanted to try out dropbox and install the new twiiter, facebook app

  • skillz360

    I do this all the time great way to backup apps you pick up along the way :-)

  • skillz360

    I do this all the time great way to backup apps you pick up along the way :-)