How To Install the Android Market (and other .apk apps) To Your Android Tablet or Phone


How to install the android market on android tabletSo Santa brought you one of the many Chinese made Android tablets for Christmas did he? And the past few days you’ve been playing with the pre installed apps and browsing the web, but now you want more! You really want to see what this tablet (or phone) can do!
But wait one cotton picking moment! Where’s the Android Market place App?
Keep reading to learn how to easily add the Android Market Place.

Now, before we start with this very, very, super, duper easy install I’m going to give you both the good and bad news.
The good news is that at the end of this post I will give you the download links to both the English Android Market App and the Chinese.
The bad news is you may have to use the Chinese version, but try both to see what happens.

How to Install The Android Market on your Android Tablet!

How to install the android market on android tablet

Follow these instructions to install the Android Market on your Android Tablet!

1. Go to settings > applications

On the phone I tried this on (a Samsung using Android 2.1 ) the first item on the menu says ‘Unknown Sources: Allow Install of non-Market application’ check the box next to it.  A warning will pop up just click ‘ok’.

2. Still on your tablet head out of the settings and open your browser and head to this web page (this actual web page they one you’re reading)
Here are the links for the .apk files. Choose either the English (it may not work) or Chinese and download from the links below:-

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Download English Android Market here

Download Chinese Android Market here

The download should only take a short time. Once completed click on the .apk file you downloaded and choose install.

The install should take a few seconds and you will get the option to open it.

Well done you have installed the Android Market on your Android tablet!

The same method will work for any .apk file and will also work if you install from an email attachment.

Possible problems!

If you choose to download and install the English version you may find that the application downloads and install just fine, but then won’t open.
Try turning the device on and off and opening it again. If it still fails to open you will either have to ‘root’ your device and install a proxy hack OR download the Chinese version. Luckily the popular free apps mostly have English names so it should be easy(ish) to use.

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20 Comments

  1. legobricker
    December 30, 2010

    You could also try SlideMe.org

  2. Johann
    December 30, 2010

    You can download and install Google Android Market apps from Aproov (www.aproov.com) without needing the Google Market app. It’s entirely web-based and best of all, if you eventually switch to a different device manufacturer, you can reinstall all your apps again quite easily. If you download apps from the device manufacturer’s app store, those apps are probably no longer available at a different app store. Apps at Aproov are not dependent upon proprietary apps or any specific app store.

  3. TheBossSaid
    December 30, 2010

    You can download and install Google Android Market apps from Aproov (www.aproov.com) without needing the Google Market app. It’s entirely web-based and best of all, if you eventually switch to a different device manufacturer, you can reinstall all your apps again quite easily. If you download apps from the device manufacturer’s app store, those apps are probably no longer available at a different app store. Apps at Aproov are not dependent upon proprietary apps or any specific app store.

  4. Guest
    December 30, 2010

    You could also try SlideMe.org

  5. phil
    January 10, 2011

    Bought 3 chinese 10inch tablets for christmas with the link to this site to download Android Market, but the english version does not work. Can you email me the english version file please.. thank you.

    • January 10, 2011

      Oh, someone linked to the article? Nice! but you might find the English one won’t work on your tablets. You might have to ‘root’ your device to get it to load.

  6. Guest
    January 10, 2011

    Bought 3 chinese 10inch tablets for christmas with the link to this site to download Android Market, but the english version does not work. Can you email me the english version file please.. thank you.

    • Guest
      January 10, 2011

      Oh, someone linked to the article? Nice! but you might find the English one won’t work on your tablets. You might have to ‘root’ your device to get it to load.

  7. corinne
    January 10, 2011

    How do u root? I bought a chinese Android tablette 1.6 apad and can’t get the english version for Android. Market can anyone please help

  8. Guest
    January 10, 2011

    How do u root? I bought a chinese Android tablette 1.6 apad and can’t get the english version for Android. Market can anyone please help

  9. Celi
    May 31, 2011

    I searched everywhere for days for this. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    • May 31, 2011

      Glad you found it useful!

  10. Guest
    May 31, 2011

    I searched everywhere for days for this. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    • Guest
      May 31, 2011

      Glad you found it useful!

  11. Geekygirl
    June 2, 2011

    Hi everyone. I recently got a Google Android tablet 7inch! I ran couple of test on it VS my iPad,and with all fair honesty. It played 8-10 flash videos,and websites! When my iPad cant do it. I downloaded opera mini ,and dolphin browser on mine. Here is where it gets really good. Go to ovguide.com and watch shows ,and movies on there it worked on mine. Crisp clear image. I also test nickelodeon and Disney on here since my kid can’t access them on my iPad. I also downloaded skype when I tried to it didn’t let me it kept saying to insert a SD card. I pulled my SD card out of my EVO re format it,and wah la! Skype downloaded logged into it test it with my kid let her go onthe desk top while I lay in bed with this and skype. To my amusement it worked! Downloaded a flashlight App to on here. I bought this for 85 bucks on eBay. I’m still in dis belief on what this little thing can do. I can imagine I’d I were to root this how more powerful it can be. My kid is very happy and pleased with it. Only annoying complain is the battery life! Runs down VERY VERY quickly! P’s since am anonymous on here. I even tested ifap to and camfuze worked like a charm!

  12. Guest
    June 2, 2011

    Hi everyone. I recently got a Google Android tablet 7inch! I ran couple of test on it VS my iPad,and with all fair honesty. It played 8-10 flash videos,and websites! When my iPad cant do it. I downloaded opera mini ,and dolphin browser on mine. Here is where it gets really good. Go to ovguide.com and watch shows ,and movies on there it worked on mine. Crisp clear image. I also test nickelodeon and Disney on here since my kid can’t access them on my iPad. I also downloaded skype when I tried to it didn’t let me it kept saying to insert a SD card. I pulled my SD card out of my EVO re format it,and wah la! Skype downloaded logged into it test it with my kid let her go onthe desk top while I lay in bed with this and skype. To my amusement it worked! Downloaded a flashlight App to on here. I bought this for 85 bucks on eBay. I’m still in dis belief on what this little thing can do. I can imagine I’d I were to root this how more powerful it can be. My kid is very happy and pleased with it. Only annoying complain is the battery life! Runs down VERY VERY quickly! P’s since am anonymous on here. I even tested ifap to and camfuze worked like a charm!

  13. Ace
    July 5, 2011

    The links don’t work. Can you please fix them or upload them again

    thanks!

  14. Guest
    July 5, 2011

    The links don’t work. Can you please fix them or upload them again

    thanks!

  15. cha
    July 14, 2011

    My 7″ apad could not install the english version unlike the chinese version,so easy to install.please help

  16. Guest
    July 14, 2011

    My 7″ apad could not install the english version unlike the chinese version,so easy to install.please help