Download .apk file website using mobile browser


Overview: Here in this article I let you know how to download the .apk file from the website (WebApplication) by using your android mobile browser. Recently in my project, there is one requirement where I have to download the .apk file hosted in my Web application.

In my web page for downloading an APK file (android app) I simply inserted a `button` control and set the respective app path (URL), it works fine when I use to download it from my computer.

But the problem comes when same I access it from my android phone browser it gives errors (Instead of 605 kb it only downloads 22kb ie only HTML content, not actual apk file).

So after a small research, i figured out the solution and it to simple here it is that by adding

 Code to Download .apk file from website given as below:

Environment: My Application is hosted under Window server 2008r2 having IIS 7.  

Following the steps, you can Download the .apk file.

Step 1:  In .aspx page add hyperlink set navigateurl as file path
<asp:HyperLink ID="lnkdwnload" runat="server" NavigateUrl="~/Application_Android/MyAndroidAppAame.apk">Download MyApp</asp:HyperLink> 
Step 2: Web.config add mimeMap element under staticContent
      <mimeMap fileExtension=".apk" mimeType="application/"/>
Yeah, by adding mimemap in web.config file we are now able to download APK files from the android phone browser.

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