Tutorial: Installing Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile

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Microsoft Project Astoria ( for Android ) will allow Android developers to bring their Android apps to Windows 10 Mobile very easily and the tool will be available this fall. However, the guys at wmpoweruser get their hands on the exclusive Project Astoria Documentation very early and they have made an interesting list of things about what the tool will offer to end developers.

Windows 10 and Android

Here is what they have to say:

  • Project Astoria will require you to make modifications if your app uses Google Play Services, and if not, you won’t need to make any modifications — as expected.
  • Project Astoria SDK will be available on Mac, alongside Windows.
  • The Java JDK (1.7 or later) must be installed and the JAVA_HOME environment variable set.
  • IntelliJ or Android Studio must be installed.
  • You’ll be able to deploy your apps using Android Debug Bridge aka adb

 You can download the Full Documentation here

So, now on to some business.

Here is how to install Android apps on your Windows 10 mobile device.

Before we start, keep in mind that this may damage your device. We wouldn’t recommend trying this, but if you really want to, you can feel free to do so at your own risk.

List of supported devices:

  • Nokia Lumia 920
  • Nokia Lumia 925
  • Nokia Lumia 929 (icon)
  • Nokia Lumia 830
  • Nokia Lumia 930
  • Nokia Lumia 1520
  • Nokia Lumia 635 (1GB RAM variant)
  • Nokia Lumia 730
  • Nokia Lumia 820
  • Nokia Lumia 435
  • Nokia Lumia 928

If you have one of the above devices,  here’s how to install the apps:

  • Unzip both of the files on the folder
  • Open the folder wconnect, then install  IpOverUsbInstaller.msi and vcredist_x86.exe
  • Go to your Windows 10 Mobile’s Settings page, then head over to Update & Security > For Developers  and enable Developers Mode, as well as Device Discovery
  • Now go to the extracted wconnect folder, then open an elevated command prompt (Shift+right click > Open command window here)
  • After that, you’ll need to connect to the phone — and there’s two way of doing that (USB method is recommended):
              - If you want to connect using USB, type wconnect.exe usb and hit enter
              - And if you want to connect over Wi-Fi, type wconnect.exe 192.168.xxx.xxx (replace the xxx with your network’s IP)
  • Then it’ll ask for the pairing code, just type the pairing code and hit enter
  • After that, navigate to the extracted adb folder and open an elevated command prompt
  • To make sure that your device is connected, type adb devices and hit enter to show the list of devices that are connected
  • Lastly, place the APK file that you want to install on the same directory (adb folder) and type in adb install APKNAME.apk (replace APKNAME with the APK file’s name)
  • Just wait for it to do its thing and you should be able to install the Android app on your Windows 10 device
Confused with so much talk? take a look at the video guide at WPXBOX

Again, this may damage your device, do it at your own risk.

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