If you want to install apps in your Android smart phone, then you can either use the Google Play store or side load the APK files directly into your device. Typically, you have to download the APK files, copy them over to Android device and then install them. Imagine if you could just double-click on APK files in your Windows PC to install them in your Android smart phone? This is actually possible, if you add the APK Installer to your Windows Explorer context menu. You can use the following instructions to do add APK installer in Windows File Explorer:
- First of all you have to enable the developer options in your Android smart phone. Without this you cannot really control your Android device from your PC. You can find instructions on how to enable developer options in Android on TrishTech.com.
- Next, you have to install the ADB and Fastboot in your Windows PC. This can be done using the official method by installing ADB with the Android SDK or through the 15 second ADB installer tool. For these instructions, we are assuming that you used the latter method.
- Now download the registry script and icon necessary from our site, extract the contents to a folder. Double-click on the .REG file to add the code into Windows Registry and copy the .ICO file to the %UserProfile% folder. You may want to change the ADB.exe path inside the .REG file first.
- That’s it. Now you can connect your Android smart phone to your Windows PC and double-click on any APK files or right-click on an APK file and choose APK Installer from the context-menu to install that app in your Android device without any hassles.
Conclusion: Adding a context-menu to install APK files from your Windows PC to your connected Android device makes it completely hassle free to install newly downloaded apps. However, care must be taken to download the APK files from known and trustworthy sites.