Workaround for AT&T not allowing sideloading?
Now that the Galaxy S has officially been announced as coming to AT&T, this issue has just gotten a lot more important to me. I was getting ready to just get a N1 and not worry about it.
How is the best way to work around the restrictions AT&T puts on android, like sideloading? Is it fixed by rooting the device, or by ROMS or what?
- 06-18-2010, 01:03 AM #2
- 06-18-2010, 08:55 AM #3
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There are work-arounds for sideloading on the Backflip. The "no sideloading apps" thing is somewhat of a pain, but it won't stop even a mildly determined user. It's there to stop the average AT&T user (AKA morons) from blowing up their phones.
Scenario 1: App exists on the Android Market, but AT&T has "blocked" it.
Solution: Remove AT&T SIM card, connect via WiFi. The app should be available in the Market now.
Scenario 2: App does not exist on the Android Market.
Solution: Download the application's .apk file (Google search for it) to your computer. Download and install Android SDK from developer.google.com. Turn on USB Debugging option on phone. Connect phone to computer via USB. Use adb included in SDK to install app to phone.
There is a side-affect to both of these scenarios in that you will not be automatically notified of updates to those apps. To install any updates, you will have to repeat the procedure given.
- 06-18-2010, 09:24 PM #4
- 06-21-2010, 09:06 PM #5
Exclusive: Samsung Captivate for AT&T preview -- Engadget
Article says it isn't crippled like other AT&T Androids, but doesn't come right out and say sideloading is enabled. They also say the phone is s..l...o....w. Hopefully they are right in suspecting they got an early build.
So, maybe there is still hope?
- 06-22-2010, 01:20 PM #7
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- 07-17-2010, 11:25 PM #14
Thanks for the different methods on how to side-load apps anyways; I'm fairly new to Android and had no idea as to what the implications of "no side-loading" were, other than it sounding ****ty, and debilitating.
I'm definitely going to be enjoying this phone tomorrow morning.
- 07-18-2010, 06:45 AM #15
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- 07-18-2010, 05:57 PM #18
Very easy way to side load apps:
Phone -> turn on USB debugging and connect
On PC install Android 2.1 SDK - just unzip to a directory
Go into iphone SDK directory/tools via command prompt
copy the APK file to same tools directory
At cmd prompt type: "adb install application.apk" without quotes and name of your apk file
Viola! app is installed without needing to root
- 07-18-2010, 06:02 PM #19
- 07-19-2010, 09:43 AM #20
I've given it a shot and still haven't really been able to figure it out.
Using adb on Mac, I haven't been able to really figure out how to install the apk file on the phone (gameloft game in this case). Can anyone help?
I downloaded the SDK, but I'm not sure how to get the adb to work..
- 07-19-2010, 12:07 PM #21
Open a terminal window, change directories to get to this SDK and then then the tools subdirectoy - you need to know basic cd and ls commands.
When you are in the directory, typing adb and hitting enter should give you all the usage commands.
Typing adb install "Filename.apk" without quotes will install the app.
- 07-19-2010, 01:21 PM #22
Alright awesome got it.. I had an N900 up until a month ago, so I had to deal with cmd/terminal in order to get the goods out of the phone. I still suck at it, but I was able NOVA into the phone.
Certain words you said helped me a lot, so it was easier to follow than some of the convoluted guides I'd seen for Windows. Thanks dude.
- 07-19-2010, 02:24 PM #23
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