Installing Adobe Reader APK File

This section provides a tutorial example on how to install the Adobe Reader APK file to the Android emulator using the 'adb' tool provided in the SDK package. Adobe Reader runs ok on the emulator. But it failed to show PDF files in the /sdcard/Download folder.

Let's repeat the process to download and install another APK file of Adobe Reader

1. Run the Android emulator through the AVD Manager and wait for the emulator to be fully booted.

2. Go to and click "Download".

3. Click on " Adobe Reader 10.0.0" in the "Download" section and save the downloaded file to C:\download\Adobe_Reader_9.0.2.apk.

4. Install Adobe_Reader_9.0.2.apk to the Android emulator using the "adb" tool:

C:\local\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools>adb install \

1003 KB/s (1565975 bytes in 1.524s)
        pkg: /data/local/tmp/Adobe_Reader_9.0.2.apk

5. Go to Android emulator and click the "Applications" icon. The "Adobe Reader" application is listed in the application list.

6. Click on "Adobe Reader" in the application list to run the application, and click "Agree" on the End User License Agreement. "Adobe Reader" will show up with no PDF files listed.

7. Click "herong_book_Android.pdf" to view the content. My PDF book will be displayed on the Android PDF Viewer:

Adobe Reader with No PDF Files - Android SDK R24
Adobe Reader with No PDF Files - Android SDK R24

I don't know what is the problem. I do have "herong_book_Android.pdf" listed in the /sdcard/Download folder. On Android 4.0.3, Adobe Reader was able to see PDF files in the /sdcard/Download folder.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Installing JDK 1.8 on Windows System

 Installation of Android SDK R24 and Emulator

 Installing Apache Ant 1.9 on Windows System

 Developing First Android Application - HelloAndroid

Android Application Package (APK) Files

 What Is APK File Format?

 Android PDF Viewer APK File Contents

 Installing Android PDF Viewer APK File

 Copy PDF File to Android Emulator's File System

Installing Adobe Reader APK File

 Android Debug Bridge (adb) Tool

 Android File Systems

 AboutAndroid - Application to Retrieve System Information Class and Activity Lifecycle

 View Objects and Layout Resource Files

 Using "adb logcat" Command for Debugging

 Build Process and Package File Content

 Building Your Own Web Browser

 Android Command Line Shell

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Mini Tablet

 USB Debugging Applications on Samsung Tablet

 Android Tablet - LG-V905R

 USB Debugging Applications on LG-V905R Tablet

 Android Phone - LG-P925g

 USB Debugging Applications on LG-P925g Phone

 Archived Tutorials


 Full Version in PDF/EPUB