Android applications come in the Android Package (.APK) file format. A potential error occurs with Android devices, however. The error causes these .APK files to be saved as .BIN files instead. If this happens, you won’t be able install or open the file without taking additional steps. To install an application that is in .BIN format, change the file’s extension and use the App Installer application to install the file.
1. Tap the “Market” icon on the Android device’s home screen, followed by the “Search” icon. Type “App Installer” in the search bar and tap the “Search” button.
2. Tap the “App Installer” application in the list of applications, followed by the “Install” button. Confirm that you want to install the application.
3. Press the Android device’s “Menu” button and tap the “Settings” option. Tap the “Application Settings” option and place a checkmark next to the “Unknown Sources” option.
4. Tap the “Developers” option on the “Application Settings” menu and place a checkmark next to the “USB Debugging” option.
5. Connect the Android phone to the computer via the USB connection cable that comes with the device. Slide the USB menu down from the top of the device’s screen. Tap the “Disk Drive” option to mount the Android phone in disk mode.
6. Click the “Start” button in your computer’s task bar and select the “Computer” option. Double-click the Android phone’s removable storage device icon to view its contents.
7. Locate the .BIN file in the Android’s storage folders. Click on the .BIN file to highlight the file and click on the file again to place your text cursor in the file’s name field.
8. Change the file extension from .BIN to .APK by highlighting .BIN and typing .APK. For example, if the file is named “application.BIN,” change the name to “application.APK.”
9. Right-click on the Android phone’s removable storage device icon and select the “Eject” option. Disconnect the device from the computer.
10. Tap the “App Installer” application icon to launch the application. Locate the .APK file renamed in Step 8. Tap the file to open and install it on the Android device.
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