How to Install Android Apps Right From Your PC in Seconds

Ben Stegner 18-02-2016

Google Play is your destination for apps, music, books, and more on your Android device. We’ve shown you how to download an APK How to Download an APK from Google Play to Bypass Restrictions Need to get your hands on the installable APK file for an app from Google Play? We got you covered. Read More (Android package file) if you need to get around the Play Store, but for most uses the Google Play is a treat to browse.


You might be neglecting one of the most convenient features of the Play Store, however. Everyone loves texting from their PC How to Text From Your Computer: 10 Apps to View and Send Text Messages Here's how to view and send text messages on your computer, whether you use Android or iPhone and Windows or Mac. Read More so they don’t have to keep picking up their phone when sitting at their computer, so why not install apps the same way? If you’ve ever heard about a new app you want to try but aren’t at your phone, you can log into Google Play on the Web and simply send the app to your phone.

You can browse Play on your desktop just like you do on your phone, and in some regards it’s even a bit better for browsing apps. As long as you’re logged into your Google account, any devices that also use that account (tablets included) are eligible to receive apps from the Web.

Just find the app you want to install and click the big Install button. If you have multiple devices, you can choose which one you want to install the app on — be aware not every app is compatible with every device, however. Some don’t run on tablets, and if you’re running an older version of Android, newer apps may not work.

You can put this feature to good use by downloading some of the best Android apps The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More .


What apps will you download using the Web interface? Let us know if you knew about this feature!

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  1. pmshah
    February 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Web interface on the PC is the only way one can actually comfortable search for application with specific function. I have never done it in any other manner. At one time there was an addon available for Firefox that made downloading of APK files possible. Subsequently it was blocked.

    Very often I have requests from within my circle for specific apps. I simply install it on my device, make backup of my apps and send the APK through SendAnywhere to their device. I also send it to my PC. In fact in this manner I maintain old copies of all the apps that I have tried / liked which occasionally misbehave after updating in case I have to revert !.

  2. 64.bits
    February 19, 2016 at 4:29 am

    I am a bit baffled, I was expecting something new.
    I would think that when you logged into Google play, it would be self explanatory.

    • Ben Stegner
      February 22, 2016 at 4:13 am

      Remember that some users might be new and not know this!

  3. Anonymous
    February 19, 2016 at 2:14 am

    How about texting from PC to ios & in other languages?

  4. Daniel
    February 19, 2016 at 1:43 am

    There are people who didn't know this?

    • Nez
      February 19, 2016 at 2:43 am

      I'm as puzzled as you are, figured it was common knowledge.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 22, 2016 at 4:11 am

        Remember that a variety of people read the site! Some people just got their first Android phone and didn't know you could do this.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 22, 2016 at 4:11 am

        Remember that a variety of people read the site! Some may have just gotten their first phone and don't know this.

  5. Anonymous
    February 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    ... er, FROM AMAZON for anyone...

  6. Anonymous
    February 18, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    It's also possible to do this for anyone with a device that has the Amazon App Store installed.

    • Anonymous
      February 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      I've got Amazon Underground and the Amazon Appstore installed on both my tablet and phone, and neither one will "push" apps to my device.

      • Ben Stegner
        February 22, 2016 at 4:12 am

        Something must be up then, because I'm pretty sure I've installed Amazon apps to my phone from the Web. Maybe you have to go to the "My Downloads" section of the app on your phone to initiate it.