Set up and use ADB for an easy way to push apk files to your Android device
If you regularly work with apks, it’s worth taking the time to setup the Android Debug Bridge (adb) as this program can push an apk and install it in one easy step.
Connect your device to the computer and ensure debugging is enabled. Download and install the Android SDK on your computer.
Once the SDK is installed, launch the Android SDK Manager (located in the program-files/android-sdks folder.) Ensure the ‘Android SDK Platform Tools’ checkbox is ticked and hit ‘Install’.
Once the installation is complete, locate the adb.exe program (inside program-files/android-sdks/platform-tools) and right click on it while holding the ‘Shift’ key. Select ‘open command line window here’ and adb will launch a new window. This is where you’ll type all your commands.
Start by typing ‘adb devices’ and hitting ‘Enter.’ If you’ve connected your device successfully, it will be listed in the adb window. If it isn’t listed, try connecting your device to a different port and check you have the correct drivers installed.
Once adb recognizes your device, type ‘adb install’ followed by the location of the apk, including the filename and its .apk extension. Hit ‘Enter.’
When the process is complete, the app will appear in your app drawer and be ready to use.