Set Up Your Phone

Set up your Android Phone

In this section, we'll make sure your phone is ready for you to use with App Inventor. This involves checking a few settings and making sure they're set the right way, then connecting the phone to your computer with a USB cable. If you have a Windows machine, then you may also need to install a driver for the phone.

Compatible phones

There are hundreds of different Android phone models, and new ones are appearing all the time. Even we don't know about all of them. Here are a few of the phones that are being used successfully with App Inventor:

Also feel free to check out the user-compiled list of compatible and incompatible phones, known issues, and workarounds which is located here.

Note, however, that some of these phones will require the installation of drivers to work with Windows computers.

Whichever model you have, your phone must have an SD card installed, or else it won't work with App Inventor.

Even if your Android phone isn't on this list, it's still likely to work with App Inventor, but we can't say for sure. Follow the instructions on this page, and if you have any problems, see the troubleshooting page, or search the App Inventor User Forum under "Getting set up and connecting your phone" for advice from others who may be using the same phone.

Check your settings

To get your phone read to work with App Inventor, follow these steps:

  1. Tap the Home button to go to your phone's Home screen.
  2. Tap the Menu button, then Settings, then Applications.
  3. If your phone has an Unknown sources setting, make sure it is checked.
  4. Tap Development
  5. Make sure both USB Debugging and Stay Awake are checked.

If your phone is on the lock screen, unlock it as you would to get ready to run an app. Now get your USB cable and connect the phone to the computer. Two status messages appear on the phone in the notifications area at the top of the screen:

USB Storage Settings

Upon connecting your phone with a USB cable to your computer, if you see a notification about "Turn on USB Storage", make sure you DON'T tap this button. If you do, you can tap it again to turn USB storage off.

If you get an error message about external storage, you'll need to check that your phone is not set for Mass Storage mode. To do this,

On some phones, like DroidX, you can also change this setting from the notification at the top of the screen:

Next steps

Start building apps with your Android phone.

Something not working right? Visit the troubleshooting page, or check the App Inventor User Forum for help.