Sharing and Remixing Apps

Share your app as source code (.aia) that can be loaded into App Inventor and remixed. Or, share it as an executable (.apk) that can be installed on a device.

Share Your App for Remixing (.aia):

Choose File | Export selected project (.aia) to my computer to export the source code (blocks) for your project. The source code is downloaded in a .aia file.

The Export function lets you export files as .AIAs so that they can be shared.

If you send it to a friend, they can open it with File | Import selected project from my computer.

The Import AIA function lets you import files from friends.

Share Your App to Install on Another Device (Android only, for now!):

Create a file that can be installed in a device (.apk) by going to the "Build" menu on the App Inventor toolbar.

The Build feature lets you create fully packaged apps (.apk files).

Select "Application (Save to my Computer)." A pop-up box should alert you that your download has begun.

The progress bar pops up to show that the app is being built.

Once your build completes, you can email the app to friends who can install it by opening the email from their phone. If you want to distribute it more widely, you can upload it to a website that both you and your friends can access. Note that people installing your app may need to change the settings of their phone to allow installation of non-market applications.