Installing an APK app on an Android Emulator

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After setting up your Android emulator, the next step is to install and test APK applications on it. This guide will walk you through the process of installing an APK on your emulator.

Installing App via Project View

With your emulator up and running, it’s time to fire up your app! Go back to Android Studio and click on the green play button in the toolbar or from the menu bar, select Run . Android Studio will build your app and install it on the emulator.

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Once the installation process is complete, your app will automatically launch on the emulator.

Installing Your App via APK

Another method to installing an app on your emulator would be through an apk file. To add an apk to your device simply navigate to location of your apk or download an apk file from a trusted source online. For this example I will be using the same apk generated after building the app from the project. Since I’m using Flutter project to build this app, the location of the apk is here App Project build app outputsflutter-apkapp-debug.apk

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Once you locate your apk, simply drag and drop the apk onto the emulator for it to install. 

Explore Your App

Voila! Your app is now running on the emulator. Take some time to explore its features and functionalities. Click around, interact with different elements, and get a feel for how it behaves.

Installing an APK on your emulator is a straightforward process that allows you to test your applications quickly. Next, we’ll explore how to use ADB with Android emulators to perform various debugging tasks. Head over to Using ADB with Android Emulators for more insights.

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