Efficiently Installing APKs on Multiple Connected Android Devices

Efficiently Installing APKs on Multiple Connected Android Devices

21 May 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Developers and testers who work with multiple Android devices often face the challenge of deploying applications efficiently. Installing an APK on several devices one by one can be time-consuming. Fortunately, there are streamlined ways to install an APK on all your connected devices with a single command using the Android Debug Bridge (ADB).

Batch Installation Script

Here’s a simple script that can be used to install an APK to all connected devices:

adb devices | tail -n +2 | cut -sf 1 | xargs -I {} adb -s {} install path/to/yourApp.apk

This script performs the following actions:

  • Lists all connected devices using the adb devices command.
  • Filters out the first line which is just a header.
  • Extracts the device IDs.
  • Uses xargs to run the adb install command for each device ID.

Customizing the Script

You can customize the script above to perform additional actions, such as starting an activity after installation or handling specific file types. Here’s an example of a more complex script:

for SERIAL in $(adb devices | tail -n +2 | cut -sf 1);
  adb -s $SERIAL install path/to/yourApp.apk
  adb -s $SERIAL shell am start -n com.yourpackage/.YourActivity

This version installs the APK and then starts a specified activity within the app on each connected device.

Integration with Repeato

Once you’ve installed your APKs, you’ll likely want to test them. This is where Repeato comes into play. Repeato is a No-code test automation tool that streamlines the process of creating, running, and maintaining automated tests for your Android and iOS apps.

With its computer vision and AI capabilities, Repeato can effortlessly recognize UI elements, making it particularly fast to edit and run tests. Moreover, Repeato’s built-in ADB functionality allows you to include ADB commands in your automated tests, ensuring that they are executed at the right time and in the correct sequence.

By combining the batch installation script with Repeato’s automated testing, you can achieve a highly efficient workflow that not only deploys your applications to multiple devices simultaneously but also validates their functionality through comprehensive automated tests.

For more insights on automating your testing processes and integrating advanced automation tools like Repeato, visit our documentation and blog for a wealth of resources.

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