(How To) Manually Install Apps to the Nook Color

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    For most of us, we use the Android Market to get either free or paid applications. But there are times when you come across a applications on the web and they will require you to install them manually.

    Here is how:

    note: Android applications - An .apk file extension denotes an Android Package (APK) file. This file format, a variant of the JAR format, is used for the distribution and installation of bundled components onto the Android mobile device platform.

    -Items required:
    1. SD card with enough free space for the Android apk files
    Note: apk files must be installed from SD
    2. Any file browser app such as ES File Explorer, Astro File Manager, Linda Manager, etc.
    3. application apk files

    -Insert your SD card into the Nook Color
    -Plug your Nook Color up toy your PC via usb cable
    -Unlock the home screen
    Your Nook Color will go into "USB Mode" and your internal memory and SD card will mount as drives on your PC.

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    -Once mounted, open your SD card drive and a window with the apk files you would like to install
    -Copy the apk files from you PC to the SD card folder of your choice
    -Close both windows
    -Unplug your Nook Color from your PC
    Your SD card will remount to the Nook Color

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    -Once unplugged, wake up your Nook Color
    -Unlock the home screen
    -Open a file browser and make your way to the SD card and the folder you copied the apk files to
    -Press the apk file you wish to install
    -Once android installer starts, press install

    The application will begin to install to your Nook Color. After install is complete an application icon will appear in your launchers app draw.

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    references:
    APK (file format) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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