1. diode84's Avatar
    Hello
    I have an old HTC Hero that I have reset and am trying to install a non google browser. I can download an apk file to the PC and transfer it via usb cable to the Hero but how do I install it from the Hero as I cant find any file manager anywhere to locate the file.
    Help would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    diode84
    06-06-2020 09:53 AM
  2. mustang7757's Avatar
    You don't see file manager in your app drawer?
    06-06-2020 01:43 PM
  3. hallux's Avatar
    I don't think phones of that generation had a built-in file browser. You would need to somehow get one installed. Unfortunately, that ship has likely sailed.
    06-06-2020 02:01 PM
  4. diode84's Avatar
    You don't see file manager in your app drawer?
    I am very new to android so excuse my ignorance, but what is the app drawer.
    06-06-2020 02:10 PM
  5. diode84's Avatar
    I don't think phones of that generation had a built-in file browser. You would need to somehow get one installed. Unfortunately, that ship has likely sailed.
    Any other way to install anything?
    06-06-2020 02:12 PM
  6. mustang7757's Avatar
    I am very new to android so excuse my ignorance, but what is the app drawer.
    No problem , you should have on the home screen a button to access your apps , but give me a minute to look up your device see how old it is and what options it had .
    06-06-2020 02:12 PM
  7. mustang7757's Avatar
    Oh WOW, your running very old Android version , 2009 phone was released .
    06-06-2020 02:14 PM
  8. hallux's Avatar
    Maybe this - https://www.online-tech-tips.com/sma...your-computer/

    But if you're new to Android, you might do yourself a favor by finding something a little more current than 11 years. The experience will be MUCH better.
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    06-06-2020 02:27 PM
  9. diode84's Avatar
    That looks interesting hallux, I will have a go tomorrow when my brain is fresh, or fresher.
    06-06-2020 03:11 PM
  10. B. Diddy's Avatar
    My old guide might still be useful to you: [GUIDE] Getting Started with Android (UPDATED 2016 for Nougat) - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com. I stopped updating it after Nougat because new Android versions just kept coming at me fast and furious.

    You can probably still install Total Commander, if your Play Store (or Android Market, for a phone that old?) still works.
    06-06-2020 06:40 PM
  11. diode84's Avatar
    Maybe this - https://www.online-tech-tips.com/sma...your-computer/

    But if you're new to Android, you might do yourself a favor by finding something a little more current than 11 years. The experience will be MUCH better.
    That didnt work for me as I am running on xp and its 64 bit but it made me think and HTC do a sync program and also the driver for the Hero.
    I had no difficulty installing an APK so thanks for making my brain work.
    06-07-2020 07:25 AM
  12. B. Diddy's Avatar
    You're using very outdated hardware and software on both your phone and computer -- not only does that impact performance and compatibility, but more importantly it exposes you to significant security risks. Like hallux, I would really recommend upgrading both.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-07-2020 10:47 AM
  13. hallux's Avatar
    Oh my, of all the XP versions to be running - 64-bit was the least supported when it was even supported...
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-07-2020 02:55 PM
  14. Kizzy Catwoman's Avatar
    Oh my, of all the XP versions to be running - 64-bit was the least supported when it was even supported...
    But it was more stable than the earlier versions of XP out at the time. I beta tested XP 64 bit at the time. AVAST was the only antivirus that worked with it at the time.
    06-07-2020 03:04 PM

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