How Do I Install APK on Gear S3?

APK, APK Installations

If you own a Samsung Gear S3 and want to install an APK file on it, there are a few steps you need to follow. An APK file is an Android app package file that is used to install apps on Android devices.

Although the Gear S3 runs on Tizen OS, it is possible to install some Android apps using APK files. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing an APK on your Gear S3.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

Before you can install an APK on your Gear S3, you need to enable developer mode on the watch. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Open the Samsung Gear app on your smartphone
  • Select your Gear S3 from the list of connected devices
  • Scroll down and tap on “About Gear”
  • Tap on “Software Information”
  • Tap on “More”
  • Keep tapping on “Build Number” until you see a message that says “You are now a developer!”

Step 2: Install ADB

The next step is to install ADB (Android Debug Bridge) on your computer. ADB is a command-line tool that allows you to communicate with an Android device from a computer.

  • Download and install the latest version of Java onto your computer if it’s not already installed.
  • Download the ADB package from Google’s website.
  • Extract the contents of the downloaded ZIP file into a folder.

Step 3: Connect Your Gear S3 To Your Computer

Now, connect your Gear S3 to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 4: Enable ADB Debugging

On your Gear S3, go to Settings > Gear Info > Debugging, and enable “ADB debugging.”

Step 5: Install The APK File

Now, open a command prompt or terminal window on your computer and navigate to the folder where you extracted the ADB package.

  • Type “adb devices” and press Enter. This will display a list of devices connected to your computer.
  • Type “adb install [path to APK file]” and press Enter.

    Replace “[path to APK file]” with the actual path to the APK file on your computer.

  • The installation process will begin, and you’ll see a message on your Gear S3 asking if you want to install the app. Tap on “Yes” to proceed with the installation.
  • Once the installation is complete, you’ll see a message that says “Success. “


In conclusion, installing an APK file on your Samsung Gear S3 is not a difficult task if you follow these steps carefully. Enabling developer mode, installing ADB, connecting your watch to your computer, enabling ADB debugging, and installing the APK file using ADB are all essential steps in this process. Now that you know how to do it, you can enjoy Android apps on your Gear S3!