How to install Android apps on your Windows 10 smartphone

Microsoft has already let us know that Windows 10 Mobile users would be able to install and use apps from Android and iOS. To make this possible, they announced porting tools to help developers convert their apps to work on Windows 10. Sometime last week they open-sourced the dev app for iOS.

Same last week (against their will) the porting tool for android apps leaked on the internet, fast guys have already started playing with it and trying out many apps. Trust us to bring it here at MobilityArena.com
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Before you Proceed

  1. You need to have the latest Windows 10 Preview installed. See the currently supported list below:
    •     Nokia Lumia 920
    •     Nokia Lumia 925
    •     Nokia Lumia 929 (icon)
    •     Nokia Lumia 830
    •     Nokia Lumia 1520
    •     Nokia Lumia 635 (1 GB RAM variant)
    •     Nokia Lumia 730
    •     Nokia Lumia 820
    •     Nokia Lumia 435
    •     Nokia Lumia 928
  • Apps that require Google Play Services may not work properly.
  • Do this at your own risk, Mobility is not responsible for whatever damage may happen to your device.

How to Install?

  1. Download the archive WP Tools HERE and unzip it.
  2. Install Android adb SDK tool.
  3. Open the wconnect folder, and install IpOverUsbInstaller.msi and vcredist_x86.exe
  4. Open the Settings page on your Windows 10. Goto Settings>>Update & Security>> For Developers and enable Developers Mode, as well as Device Discovery.Windows 10 dev
  5. Enter the extracted wconnect folder, and open the command prompt (Shift + right-click>> Open command window here).
  6. Connect the phone through USB cable.
  7. To Connect using USB, type wconnect.exe usb and Press Enter.
  8. It’ll ask for pairing code, enter the code and hit enter.
  9. Then navigate to the extracted adb folder and open the command prompt.
  10. Be sure that your device is connected, type “adb devices” and press Enter to show the list of devices that are connected.
  11. Place the APK file you want to install on the same directory (adb folder) and type the following command: adb install APKNAME.apk (replace APKNAME with the APK file’s name)
  12. That’s it! You can now install the APKs on your Windows 10 phone.

Etoniru Chibueze

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4 thoughts on “How to install Android apps on your Windows 10 smartphone

  • August 17, 2015 at 6:51 pm
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    lol, too much trouble
    reminds me of tbe heavy modding in the Windows Mobile & early Android era

  • August 18, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    Why would anybody go through all that, rather than simply get an Android phone, and have peace abundant?

    Sigh!

    • August 20, 2015 at 12:23 am
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      It’s for developers…. And believe me it’s very easy for a developer

  • September 26, 2015 at 10:08 pm
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    Incidentally, the Lumia 929 aka Icon is also known as the Lumia 930. Whether this would work on the 930 now…

    Funny enough there aren’t many – or any – Android apps I’d be dying for on Windows Phone.

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