Install “old” apps on Android 14

by Automate Developer

Version 1 (November 21, 2023)

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Prerequisite, choose and setup a “Privileged service start method” in Automate setting, e.g. Android Debug Bridge (ADB) if your device isn‘t rooted.

Android 14 restricts installation of app APKs that "target" Android 5 or lower, which Google deem less secure. This flow uses the official (ADB) workaround to bypass the restriction so such “old” apps can be installed on Android 14. The flow can operate in two ways, either you pick an APK to install, or the flow waits for you to “share” an APK from another app, e.g. a file manager.