How to Install Android Apps on Your Windows Computer, the Easy Way

Apps on Windows have gotten better. But every once in a while, you stumble upon a really useful mobile app that hasn’t made its way to PC yet. If runs on Android, though, there’s good news. With the help of third-party software, you can probably run it on your Windows computer.

Unfortunately, getting apps from your phone or tablet to your PC isn’t as easy as installing a Windows program. To help simplify things, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide on what software and utilities you need to install Android apps on almost any Windows computer.

Android emulators and how to use them

One way to run Android apps on a Windows computer is by using an Android emulator. Emulators run on complicated code, but the basic gist is this: They enable one computer to behave like another. Android emulators make your Windows machine appear as though it’s an Android device — right down to the processor, cameras, and sensors.

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best free android apps for downloading free music

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Downloading music seems to be going the way of the dodo, with streaming services like Spotify and Deezer taking over the helm. Still, you might be interested in some ways to download some tunes for free to have on you when you’re offline. So, here we’ve listed some of the best apps to help you do that (legally).

All of these apps can download files for free. However, you should remember that just because something’s available as a free music download, it doesn’t mean it’s there with the copyright owner’s permission. There are loads of free music downloads on pirate sites and you can be sure they’re not there legally, so always ensure you have Creative Commons or Copyleft permission before downloading MP3s.

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How to manage and repair your Android apps

Tablets, smartphones, and PCs look different on the outside, but on the inside they rely on the same components: a processor, a GPU, memory, and a storage volume that holds an operating system, device drivers, and applications. Your phone and tablet have smaller screens and fewer peripherals than a typical PC has, but you still end up tapping and clicking your way through your data before pulling out a keyboard—albeit a virtual one—to get real work done.

And like a PC, a mobile device can become clogged with orphaned apps, boatloads of images or personal files, and other random bits of junk data. When that happens, the device may slow down, run out of storage space, or behave erratically. To deal with these problems on an Android tablet or phone, you have to know how to monitor and manage resources, move or delete data, and repair or remove obstreperous apps. Here’s how to handle those tasks.

Assess the situation

Like PCs, Android devices may behave unpredictably as they run short of storage space or memory. Symptoms that this may be happening on your device include apps that randomly crash or won’t load at all, and an inability to save new pictures or videos. To see whether you’re running low on space or memory, open the storage and system monitors built into Android. (Note: The menus I refer to may differ cosmetically from those on your device, depending on the version of Android you’re running, but accessing them should be similar.)

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15 Android Apps Every Blogger Should Have

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Blogging has always been about expressing yourself and sharing what you know on the Internet. Android as an operating system is growing fast thanks to its availability on a wide range of smartphones and tablet devices as well as the fast growing number of applications that are available in Google Play. With huge amounts of innovation spurring the technological advancement of mobile phones and the landscape of mobile apps, bloggers these days are offered the opportunity to not only blog on-the-go, but also to conduct many blogging-related tasks on their smartphones when they are away from their computer.

The following are 15 free Android apps that you should check out and download if you are an avid blogger who update multiple blogs regularly. They cost nothing so feel free to try them out on your phone.

1. WordPress

WordPress is undoubtedly the most popular blogging platform on the Internet. This app, made compatible with self-hosted WordPress blogs as well as blogs hosted on WordPress.com, allows you to perform many essential tasks such as creating, editing and publishing blog posts, moderating comments, checking on analytics data as well as publishing photos or videos taken with the camera on your mobile phone.

2. Blogger

Blogger is another popular platform that many personal bloggers use. If you have a blog on Blogger, then you should definitely give this app a try. However, the functionality of this app is still very limited as compared to the WordPress app, which is surprising as Google itself is behind this official app of their blogging service.

3. Tumblr

Many bloggers prefer to maintain a Tumblr blog, also known as a microblog, rather than a full blown blog. This is because posting short blurbs of interesting content such as quotes, videos and photos are less taxing. This app, made for Tumblr bloggers, has useful features for posting content, scheduling posts, viewing and replying to messages, and you can even manage multiple Tumblr blogs with the app. It will also show you Tumblr blogs of Contacts in your address book, so you can start following them.

4. Writer

Blogging and getting things done using your smartphone is not easy, especially when there are so many distractions on the screen itself. Apps and incoming notifications are the most common productivity killers. Writer is a stripped-down word processor that aims to solve this problem by providing a distraction-free writing environment within your smartphone or tablet so that you can focus solely on creating text content with peace of mind.

5. Google Drive

Google Drive allows bloggers to store all kinds of documents including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, images, audio, videos and many others in the Cloud. Apart from just storing them, the app will sync these documents across multiple devices linked to your Google account. Once synchronized, bloggers can access their files wherever they are. If you have a blog post that is halfway done on your laptop, you can continue to work on it using your phone while commuting to work.

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How to get paid apps for free on Android

google-play-aniversario-androidabilityWe love apps. We love free apps. And we love paid apps that cost nothing most of all. But we don’t like pirates, so if you have an eye patch on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, be gone with ye! Having said that, there’s plenty of legal ways to get paid apps for free for your Android so today we’re going to share a few with you.

Amazon App of the Day

The Amazon Appstore may be the oft-forgotten little brother of the Google Play Store, but one of the great things about Amazon being second best is that they offer up a free app every day to drag your attention away from Google’s monster market. You have options on how to get this, just hit theAmazon Appstore online to see the App of the Day listed up the top, download the Amazon Appstore app or grab a notification app like Free App Notifier for Amazon (note, it only works for the US Amazon Appstore right now) for daily alerts.

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Amazon’s Appstore requires an Amazon login, but there’s free apps every day! / © ANDROIDPIT/Amazon

AppGratis

AppGratis is one of my favorite apps because every morning I’m greeted by another new app for free. There’s no overload of offers – just one app a day – curated by Sam the ever comical developer with the bad jokes. Sometimes the free apps offered by AppGratis won’t be eligible for updates, so keep that in mind, and not every free app offered ever cost anything in the first place! Nevertheless, the AppGratis deals just keep coming and there’s often some real gems in there.

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AppGratis will hand deliver a free app offer to you every day. / © ANDROIDPIT/iMediapp

Google Play surveys

We’ve written about Google’s free Play Store credit in exchange for answering surveys before. If you’re not aware of it yet, Google offers it’s very own rewards program because, well, they want even more information about you and your habits. Simply install the Google Opinion Rewards app, fill in a short survey and collect your coinage. You’re limited to one survey a week (so you can’t exactly retire early), and I’ve seen reports that you don’t always get paid for every survey, but you can earn up to a dollar per survey. Not bad for a few minutes of your time. There’s another app called Get Paid Apps Free that has you watch short videos or download selected apps in exchange for credit that can be cashed out to buy other apps in the Play Store.

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How to Download Android Apps on PC for Free?

Android OS is a true currency in modern day.

Indeed, the advent of Android has facilitated the evolution of the apps faster than it ever was. There are thousands of games available in App stores for Android users. The Android users have been a bit of a torment for PC users since there are many Android apps that cannot readily play on PC. This is due to the compatibility issues with the two different operating systems. However, since there has been a fast growing demand to have such apps played on PC, there has been an equally concerted effort to explore ways of reigning in the PC users to have a taste of what Android has to offer. The good news for you is that, it is now possible to download and play the Android games on your desktop.

Download Android Apps from Google Play Store Straight To Your PC

Open the APK Downloader site and click the install now option. You will be able to download your Google Chrome Extension. In order to download the Android Apps, press Ctrl+H and open the browser history. Look at the left side of the bar; there will be the extension option which opens to an extensions page once you click on it. Once you reach this point, drag and drop your already downloaded Google Chrome extensions file. You will be asked whether you want to add a new extension. Accept and add your extension.

You Can Now Download Android Apps for PC

Now that you have added your APK extension to Google Chrome, you will be directed to a new window which gives you the choice to download the APK file. You will have to supply your email address and the Google Service Framework key.

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Whistle Camera for Android lets you take photos and selfies with your mouth

The term “hands-free” will never be the same. Imagine that you don’t have to fiddle with the touchscreen to take a picture on your Android device. Imagine that you don’t even have to hit a physical button to take a selfie. Imagine just whistling.

Okay, now stop imagining and check out Whistle Camera for Android. The app lets you whistle to take a picture. We tested it ourselves and we can say with confidence that it works exactly as promised.

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Here’s the official feature list:

  • Whistle detecting camera.
  • High quality pictures.
  • Auto focus.
  • Easy holding and taking pictures just with one hand.
  • Using the volume up button for more easy way to take a picture.
  • Picture sites hands free while driving using the whistle.
  • Selfie pictures using cam countdown.
  • Both landscape and portrait orientation supported.
  • A very useful and fast picture gallery.
  • Share your photos.
  • Easily edit your photos.

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Five Android apps that prolong your smartphone’s battery life

Here’s a list of five of my favorite apps for prolonging the life of your Android’s battery. Note that there are a few common settings that overlap across the apps, but in this piece, I’ve tried to highlight some of the features that help separate each app from the pack.


Juice Defender

Packed with seemingly endless options, Juice Defender is perhaps my favorite app on this list. The free client lets you manage common connections, such as mobile data as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Multiple preset modes, like “aggressive” and “balanced,” allow for toggling and scheduling, background synchronization, and choosing which apps can keep your screen on.

 

Juice Defender is available in three versions with various features to suit your needs.Latedroid

Aside from the free app, Juice Defender also comes in Plus ($1.99) and Ultimate ($4.99) versions. Depending on what level of control you are looking for, one might be better suited for your needs. The Plus version, for instance, adds “extreme” and “customized” profiles as well as location-aware Wi-Fi, not to mention scheduling for night hours. The Ultimate app also boasts peak hours and weekend settings, autosync, and deeper GPS controls.

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