Android Question Downloading apk file from website works on Android2.2.3 but not on 4.1.2

Discussion in 'Android Questions' started by Gerrard, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. Gerrard

    Gerrard Member Licensed User

    I wanted to test downloading an apk file from a website. So I uploaded the apk to the website.
    Then I used a Samsung P1000 Tablet (Android 2.2.3) to go to the website and download the apk. All worked 100% and I was able to install the apk on the Tablet.

    Then I used a Samsumg S6810 phone (Android 4.1.2), went to the website and selected the apk for download. The download happened, but it arrived as a zip file and not an apk file.

    Can you help?
  2. Erel

    Erel Administrator Staff Member Licensed User

    Is the installation of apps from unknown sources option enabled?
  3. Gerrard

    Gerrard Member Licensed User

    YES the Unknown Sources option is ticked ON
  4. Beja

    Beja Expert Licensed User

    What did you get when you unzipped the file?

    Give this a shot
    Try to download the file in your PC (not the device), unzip it and see if the result is apk.. then copy it to the device and from there install it.
  5. Gerrard

    Gerrard Member Licensed User

    Hi Beja
    On the phone I used Winzip to "look" at the file, and it showed the following files:
    AndroidManifest.xml, main.bal, classes.dex, ANDROIDD.DSA, ANDROIDD.SF, MANIFEST.MF, icon.png, and resources.arsc.
    There was no apk file.

    On my PC the file downloads correctly as an apk file. Also on my tablet the file downloads correctly as an apk file.
    Beja likes this.
  6. DonManfred

    DonManfred Expert Licensed User

    it IS the apk-file you have looked in.

    Try to rename the to somewhat.apk and then try to install it again...

    Maybe you just should use httputils2 to download the apk. dont know what software rename it to an zip if the original file has an apk extension...
    httputils2 will work fine for such tasks
  7. Beja

    Beja Expert Licensed User

    Ok, then as I mentioned, use the PC (not the device) to unzip the file, then copy the APK file to the device and install it from there

    good luck.
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