Can I Install Android APK on Ubuntu?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re a Linux user, you might be wondering whether it’s possible to install Android APK on Ubuntu. The answer is yes, it is possible, and in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do it step by step.

What is an APK File?

Before we dive into the tutorial itself, let’s first define what an APK file is. An APK file or Android Package Kit is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps.

How to Install Android APK on Ubuntu

Now that we know what an APK file is let’s move on to installing it on Ubuntu.

Step 1: Before installing an APK file on Ubuntu, you must have an Android emulator installed. We recommend using Genymotion as it provides a seamless experience.

Step 2: Download the APK file that you want to install. You can download the APK from various sources or even extract it from your Android device using ADB tools.

Step 3: Open Genymotion and create a new virtual device if you haven’t done already. If you have an existing virtual device, make sure to start it before proceeding further.

Step 4: Drag and drop the downloaded APK file onto your virtual device. The installation process will start automatically.

Note: If the installation doesn’t start automatically, open your virtual device’s app drawer and manually initiate the installation process by tapping on the downloaded APK file.


If you encounter any issues during the installation process or if your newly installed app doesn’t work as expected, try one of these troubleshooting steps:

  • Clean Cache and Data: Go to Settings > Apps > [App Name] > Storage > Clear Cache/Clear Data.
  • Reinstall the App: Uninstall the app and try reinstalling it again.
  • Update Genymotion: Make sure you have the latest version of Genymotion installed.


Installing Android APK on Ubuntu is not as straightforward as on Android devices, but with an emulator like Genymotion, it’s definitely possible. We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process. If you encounter any issues or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.