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How to transfer apps from Android to Android

Need to transfer your apps from your old phone to a new one?

Droid Transfer can do this and more. Follow the steps in this guide and you'll have all the tools you need to copy, install and uninstall apps on your Android devices!

Droid Transfer Apps feature requirements:

  • List Apps - Android 4.4 (KitKat) and higher
  • Install Apps - Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) and higher
  • Uninstall Apps - Android 8.0 (Oreo) and higher

Before you start

Ensure that you have downloaded and installed:

Summary

Now, let's see how to transfer apps from Android to Android...

  1. Launch Droid Transfer and connect your Android device (Set up Droid Transfer)
  2. Open the "Apps" section in Droid Transfer.
    Droid Transfer Apps Section
  3. Select the App(s) you wish to transfer and click "Copy to PC".
  4. Choose a save location and hit "OK".
  5. Click Disconnect, remove your device and connect your other Android to Droid Transfer.
  6. Open the "Apps" section and click "Install".
  7. Click Browse, select your copied APK file and click "Install".
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions to set install permissions.

Read on to find detailed information about each feature in the Apps section...

Copy Android Apps to PC

You can copy your app files to your computer for safekeeping, or in order to transfer them to another Android device. This process copies the .apk file, but not any associated app data.

To copy apps from your Android to PC, Select the app(s) you want to copy. You can select multiple apps by holding 'ctrl' on your keyboard while clicking your desired apps. Once your selection has been made, click "Copy to PC"!

A pop-up box will appear allowing you to choose where to save your apps to on your computer. Choose a save destination and hit OK.

Backup Android Apps with Droid Transfer

How to Install Apps on Android from your Computer

Once you have copied apps from Android to your PC, you can install them on another Android.

To do this, connect the Android you want to install apps on. If you have a different Android connected (e.g. if you just completed the "Copy to PC" step above), click 'Disconnect' in Droid Transfer and disconnect your Android from your computer. Then, connect your other Android with Droid Transfer on your computer.

Open the Apps section in Droid Transfer and click Install. On the pop-up that follows, click "Browse" and locate an app (.apk file) that you've saved to your computer. Select it and click Open.

Select an app APK file to install on Android

You may be prompted to allow the install on your Android device. If you receive the following message in Droid Transfer, follow the instructions on your Android device. In Transfer Companion on your phone, click "Settings" then "Allow from this source".

Allow the app install using your Android device

Once permissions have been set, the install will begin.

How to Uninstall Apps on Android from your Computer

You can uninstall apps from your Android directly through Droid Transfer.

To do this, firstly select the app you want to uninstall. You can select multiple apps to uninstall by holding 'ctrl' on your keyboard while clicking multiple app icons in Droid Transfer.

Once a selection has been made, click "Uninstall".

Confirm that you understand that by uninstalling an app, all it's associated app data will also be removed (this cannot be restored). Click "Uninstall" to begin uninstalling your selected apps.

Uninstall apps from Android

Keep an eye on Transfer Companion on your phone, as you'll need to confirm the app uninstalls by tapping OK on the pop-up.

Confirm uninstall