How to Install APK Files on Android Device Emulator

In this tutorial you are to run any APK (Android application) file to your Android emulator. Assuming you already have the Emulator running  (if not sure how run the Android device emulator, refer to this .

image  Figure 1

Locate your adb.exe file in your Android SDK folder. In Windows environment normally your adb.exe is inside [Android-SDK-folder]/platform-tools/ . In my case, the adb.exe is in C:\android-juno\android-sdk\platform-tools (this is an example path to the adb.exe, may varies depending on your system). Find any APK file (for the purpose of this tutorial, I’ve prepare an APK file – download here ). After you’ve successfully downloaded the APK, put it inside your [Android-SDK-folder]/platform-tools/ as in Figure 2.

How to Install APK Files on Android Device Emulator 

Figure 2

Now run the adb.exe through the command prompt, go to Start, and find cmd.

image Figure 3

In the command line, go inside the platform-tools folder, as in the Figure 4. Execute command;

adb install Peribahasa.apk


C:\>cd android-juno

C:\android-juno>cd android-sdk

C:\android-juno\android-sdk>cd platform-tools

C:\android-juno\android-sdk\platform-tools>adb install Peribahasa.apk

image Figure 4

Later, the apps you just install will be in the emulator.



  1. thank you very much for teaching me this..thank full to u.

  2. Hey Thanx for such simple steps
    just tell me How to Install Facebook apk on emulator Itried by same way bt its not working for me
    Its showing
    I have Downloaded FB sdk from Developers.facebook but I m nt getting Why prb pls help
    Thnx in Advance !

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  4. You are a Real Android Developer,Thank you Very Much

  5. Wow really good idea to install. Thanx a lot for teaching us :)


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