I’ve been learning Corona lately, a tool for building mobile apps. Overall there is a lot of good stuff, though rough around some of the edges especially if you are building “business apps” – you know, anything that isn’t a game. But one thing that I really miss from building Android in Eclipse is the auto-install to my Android phone. Here is a way to get 1-click install to your Android device, in Windows.
- You’ll need to have the Android SDK installed on your PC. More about that here.
- You’ll need to have your Android device plugged in.
- You’ll also need to install a freeware app called FileMenuTools – a fabulous tool that I’ve used for years.
- Open FileMenuTools and in the top left, click “Add Command”.
- In the Properties pane on the lower left, select “Run Program” for your action, for Menu Text I chose “Install on Android“, for icon browse to the SDK Manager.exe because it is an easy Android icon, for Element Types I chose “Only Files“, for Folders I chose “No“, for Files I chose Yes, and for Extensions I typed apk, then for Program you need to browse and find adb.exe in your SDK\program-tools\ directory, and for arguments enter install %FILENAMES%.
Now, if you right click on an APK file that the Corona SDK provides after a build, this should briefly pop up a command window while it copies and installs it to your device.
It will bypass the Install prompts and should show up directly in your Applications folder.