How to Install Android Apps on Windows Phone 10

When Google is designing their adjacent Android edition, Microsoft is also making an effort to contend with them by launching another stable form of Windows Phone. Having said that, Microsoft is currently working away at Windows Phone 10, which will be unveiled in impending month. Anyway, in case you have just switched to Windows Phone from Android, there is a chance that you are finding distinct complications because the unavailability of few Android apps for Windows Phone.

For those, who are having similar challenges, here is a small yet fairly intricate tutorial which will allow them to install Android apps on Windows Phone 10 Insider Preview. Even though, Microsoft has told about Astoria Project and all the supported devices, which can run Android apps smoothly, yet, this trick is not based on Project Astoria. This whole thing will be carried out via ADB aka Android Debug Bridge and Windows Phone 10 (only).

How to Install Android Apps on Windows Phone 10


First, you have to enable the Developer Mode in Windows Phone 10, which is actually developed for professional and experienced developers, who know what they are doing with this. If you do not know this option very well, this is recommended to skip this tutorial.

Second, you need to have the APK file of the Android app that you would like to install on your Windows Phone. At the same time, you should know that downloading APK files from any third party resource is a criminal offense. You can contact with the developers of corresponding apps to get the APK file.

Third, your Windows Phone may be bricked and we are not slur us for any damage. Therefore, do this at your OWN risk.

Install Android Apps on Windows Phone 10

To get started, at first you need to connect to know that your phone and your PC should be connected with either same WiFi network or via USB cable.

Now, enable the Developer Mode in Windows Phone 10. To do so, navigate through

Settings >> Update and Security >> For Developers

Check the box that is positioned before Developer mode. You should also enable the Device Discovery.

Therefore, download the Android SDK and Connect Tool. After that, install Android SDK, IpOverUsbInstaller.msi and vcredist_x86.exe. You will get IpOverUsbInstaller.msi and vcredist_x86.exe in the Connect Tool folder.

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Following that, unzip the directory and open Command Prompt with administrator privilege. As mentioned before, you can connect your Windows Phone with Windows PC via WiFi network or USB Tool.

If you want to connect your phone via USB, enter the following command,

D:\tool\ wconnect.exe usb

D:\tool\ is the archive directory.

If you want to connect your phone over WiFi, do enter the following command,

D:\tools\ wconnect.exe

No matter whether you use the first method or the second one, you will have to enter the pairing PIN code, which you will get in the Device Discovery section of your Windows Phone.

Therefore, download the APK file to this particular directory and install it. To install the APK file on Windows Phone, use this command,

adb install filename.apk

That’s it. It will take a couple of seconds to complete all the things.

Important Note: Not all the apps and all the devices are able to perform these aforementioned steps. Mainly you can get trouble to install any Android app.

Via: Robert McLaws

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