How to Send Apps Between Two Android Phones

Written by anne hirsh
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The Android phone software has a built-in function so you can share apps with your friends or other phones. This function does not download or install the app on the other phone, however. Sharing an app sends an e-mail with information about the app and a link to find the app on the Android Market. You or your friend can then download the app on the second phone, but purchase prices will apply to paid apps you share this way.

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  1. 1

    Touch the home icon or button to return to your Android phone's home screen if you have an app open.

  2. 2

    Touch the arrow in the lower left corner to show all apps, or touch "Menu" and then "All apps," depending on your phone's features and your personal preferences.

  3. 3

    Touch "Menu" again from the all apps screen, and then touch "Share."

  4. 4

    Select the app you want to share from the list that appears.

  5. 5

    Choose the method you prefer for sharing the app. Options include text messaging, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and Bluetooth. Some options depend on the apps you have installed on your phone.

  6. 6

    Enter the contact information for the person or phone with whom you want to share your app. You can usually add a personal message from this screen as well.

  7. 7

    Press the "Send" icon. Your phone will share the app information as you specified.

Tips and warnings

  • Some apps may allow shared accounts, so if you and a family member share a phone account, you may be able to get the same app for multiple phones at a single price. Check the Market information page or contact the developer to find out if this applies to an app you want to share.
  • If you are transferring apps from an old phone to a new one, ask your phone service provider to help you transfer all of your apps and data so nothing is lost. If you use the same Google account for both phones, your paid apps should transfer over.

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