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[How To] Receive Updates For Side Loaded Market Apps From The Android Market Client

When you side-load an Android Market app that is unavailable in your regional variant of the Market (Google+ or Google Maps, for instance), it isn’t included in the My apps list within the Market client on your device and hence, the client does not notify you when an updated version of the app is released. So, to keep your side-loaded apps up to date, you have to go through the ordeal of searching for and downloading APKs for every update that said apps receive on the Market. You could always use Market Enabler to spoof your network / location and download the app directly from within the Market app but the app requires your device to have root access. After the break, we explore a simple 3-step workaround that will allow you to link your side loaded Market apps with the Android Market mobile client so that you may receive timely and/or automatic updates for each, without requiring you to root your device.

For this guide, we side-loaded an older APK of Google+. To link a side-loaded app to the Android Market client:

1. Launch the Browser and Google the name of your side-loaded app (enter “Application Name android market” into Google’s search bar). Searching for the app using the Market application will not work unless the app is available in your country.


2. Select the link to the app’s Android Market page and from within the Complete action using menu that follows, select the Market application. You may set the Market client as the default app for opening Market links by checking Use by default for this action.


3. Once on the app’s Market page, tap Update and your done! You should now see the app in your My Apps list (Menu > My Apps), receive notifications for version updates and should be able to upgrade it directly from within the Market app.


  1. Doesn’t work for me because I don’t get the request of browser or market,  I only get browser. 

    Maybe the reason is that my unit didn’t come android market ready and I had to manually install it.  When I look at the application it says it is version 1.82.  I have no idea how to update the market APK.  I did DL on but it would not install.

  2. What’s mentioned here isn’t really a workaround! Basically you can do the exact same thing by searching for the app in the market. It only works if there’s an update, because the market checks the installed version against what’s on the market, making changes ONLY if you go through the install of an update.

    A better solution is to use a Appbrain. Appbrain will scan your phone’s installed apps, regardless of if they’re in the market, and check its database for updates. If there are updates, it will send you to the market to install them from the official source. I use it all the time as Titanium Backup Pro fails to restore market links about 50% of the time for me. Additionally, even for apps the market lists on “My Apps”, I often don’t get timely update notifications from the market itself, but AppBrain will tell me immediately when I run a scan if there are updates.

    •  I’ve been use Appbrain.  Too often the Market will not install an app on my appliance.  If I search for the APK it will work.

      I think the Market leaves a lot to be desired and needs to allow the DL of the APK direct to the appliance.  I don’t need it sniffing out my tablet, telling me that my “phone” is incompatible and won’t allow an install.   I would be missing 90% of the things I’ve installed if I couldn’t side load.

      I am not sure what the Market is aiming to do.  So far all the apps I’ve gotten are free, so why would you micro manage free apps.  No way am I ready to try to enter the world of paid apps.  I am not going to pay for an app and then find out that the “Market” has decided I am not worthy of installing the application.

  3. doesnt work. gives an error that ‘requested item not found’. if your phone isnt rooted there is no way to trick market into thinking an app is available for your country

  4. I only get the option to open the app from the market, not update or uninstall. Also the app doesn’t appear in my apps list. Ideas?

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