May 05 AT 9:30 AM Alberto Vildosola 13 Comments

How to easily install third-party apps, even if your carrier prohibits it

After the recent crackdown on tethering apps, it’s becoming clearer than ever that we’ll soon have to look outside the Android Market to download some of our favorite apps — perhaps Android needs its own Cydia store. Meanwhile, we’ll have to download some apps directly from the source. That’s very easy and fool-proof to do on Android, just download the .apk and off you go. But some carriers — like AT&T — prohibit their Android users from doing just that. What to do then? The answer is Android Injector.

Android Injector is a PC application that allows you to literally drag and drop Android apps onto your phone. But firstly, you need to follow a few simple steps:

  • Download and install Android Injector
  • Install your phone’s drivers. They can be found at the manufacturer’s website
  • Download the .apk you want to install
  • Connect your phone via USB with USB debugging turned on
  • Drag and drop the .apk file onto Android Injector
  • You’re done!

It doesn’t get any easier than that. Happy app installing!

Via: Lifehacker

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • Galen20K

    wow… Take THAT Att! ; D

    • 420speedwagon

      What’s also awesome is getting an unlocked phone from T-Mobile(I heart my mt4g) and use it on ATstupidfacistisuckatcustomerserviceT and enjoy

      • fuck420speedwagon

        what a fucking lame ass comment you dumbass. speedwagon your ass off a cliff and shut the fuck up. att cant be all bad if youre using phones from different carriers on it.

  • http://Website Joe

    I love sprint!

    • http://Website Shawn

      sprint is just as bad with their damn tethering block

  • http://Thiswasdone_ages_ago BeenDoneBefore

    Android Central did this ages ago with the SideLoad WonderMachine. http://goo.gl/uLkks (The name is kinda out there, but it came out of a random comment on their podcast.)

    Plus, it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

    • Alberto Vildosola

      Thanks, I looked for that before writing the article but I couldn’t remember the not-easy-to-remember name.

  • http://Website casey

    won’t work for swype… their beta cannot be downloaded to a pc. is there a way to get the apk from the phone to the computer?

    • http://Website Dustin

      I had my buddy email it to me and I downloaded it directly onto my phone. Of course, you’ll need a login for the beta in order to actually use it.

  • http://Website sgb101

    HTC sense has had wireless and wired teathering built in as standard since the original desire, here in UK.

    Wireless teathering is a godsend

  • http://apollokidz.com the truth

    this is in no way comparable to cydia.
    It would be nice if Koush and Cynanogen and other developers created a more “open” marketplace with “trusted” apks

    • http://Website Adam

      It doesn’t compare Android Injector to Cydia. It states that perhaps we need an app like Cydia on Android. But we do not have one.

  • http://pro-thoughts.blogspot.com/ vkelman

    The link you provided doesn’t show Android Injector.

  1. wow… Take THAT Att! ; D

    • What’s also awesome is getting an unlocked phone from T-Mobile(I heart my mt4g) and use it on ATstupidfacistisuckatcustomerserviceT and enjoy

      • fuck420speedwagonGuest 3 years ago

        what a fucking lame ass comment you dumbass. speedwagon your ass off a cliff and shut the fuck up. att cant be all bad if youre using phones from different carriers on it.

  2. JoeGuest 4 years ago

    I love sprint!

    • ShawnGuest 4 years ago

      sprint is just as bad with their damn tethering block

  3. BeenDoneBeforeGuest 4 years ago

    Android Central did this ages ago with the SideLoad WonderMachine. http://goo.gl/uLkks (The name is kinda out there, but it came out of a random comment on their podcast.)

    Plus, it works on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

  4. caseyGuest 4 years ago

    won’t work for swype… their beta cannot be downloaded to a pc. is there a way to get the apk from the phone to the computer?

    • DustinGuest 4 years ago

      I had my buddy email it to me and I downloaded it directly onto my phone. Of course, you’ll need a login for the beta in order to actually use it.

  5. sgb101Guest 4 years ago

    HTC sense has had wireless and wired teathering built in as standard since the original desire, here in UK.

    Wireless teathering is a godsend

  6. the truthGuest 4 years ago

    this is in no way comparable to cydia.
    It would be nice if Koush and Cynanogen and other developers created a more “open” marketplace with “trusted” apks

    • AdamGuest 4 years ago

      It doesn’t compare Android Injector to Cydia. It states that perhaps we need an app like Cydia on Android. But we do not have one.

  7. The link you provided doesn’t show Android Injector.