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    hans
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    Here are some quick HOWTOs for using some of the new “swap” features in the upcoming FDroid 0.67-test release (https://f-droid.org/repo/org.fdroid.fdroid_670.apk or test builds https://guardianproject.info/builds/FDroid/latest/F-Droid-debug.apk):

    Send FDroid via Bluetooth to someone who does not have it:
    0. make sure both devices have Bluetooth enabled
    1. launch FDroid
    2. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    3. select “Bluetooth FDroid.apk…” on the menu

    Send FDroid via NFC+WiFi to someone who does not have it:
    0. make sure both devices have NFC and Android Beam enabled (Android 4.1 or newer)
    1. make sure both devices are on the same wifi network
    2. launch FDroid
    3. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    4. bring devices together to trigger the NFC zoom
    5. touch on device with FDroid open
    6. wait for beaming to complete
    7. on device receiving FDroid, click on completed beam to install

    Send a repo from one device to another via NFC+Wifi:
    0. make sure both devices have NFC and Android Beam enabled (Android 4.1 or newer)
    1. make sure both devices are on the same wifi network
    2. launch FDroid
    3. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    4. go to “Local Repo” from the menu
    5. click on the + “Setup Local Repo” to setup your app store
    6. bring devices together to trigger the NFC zoom
    7. touch the screen with FDroid open (or on both devices)
    8. click “Add”
    9. go back to FDroid main sreen
    10. on menu, select “Update Repos”
    11. now you can see the apps from one device on the other.

    Send FDroid via QRCode+WiFi to someone who does not have it:
    0. make sure both devices have a QR reader, “Barcode Scanner” is a good one
    1. make sure both devices are on the same wifi network
    2. launch FDroid
    3. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    4. choose “Local Repo” from the menu
    5. choose “Send FDroid via WiFi…”
    6. on other device, scan first QRCode to make sure you are on the same wifi network
    7. click Next
    8. scan second QR Code to launch URL in browser
    9. in the Browser, click “Download F-Droid client”
    10. install the downloaded fdroid.client.apk
    11. go back to Browser
    12. click on “Add Kerplapp Repo to F-Droid Client”
    13. go back to FDroid main sreen
    14. on menu, select “Update Repos”
    15. now you can see the apps from one device on the other.

    * To make this more clear, go into “Repositories” from the main screen, and turn off the FDroid repo. Then you’ll only see apps from local repos.
    * Also remember to change the “category” from “What’s New” to “All” to see all of the available apps.
    * Keep in mind the UI is still rough, we have only integrated functionality, we have not yet implemented Carrie’s design updates.

    • This topic was modified 3 years ago by  hans. Reason: formatting
    #11143

    hans
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    Here are some other app swapping workflows for directly sending a single app from one device to another (only requires FDroid on the sending device):

    Send an app via NFC+Bluetooth (aka Android Beam):
    0. make sure both devices have NFC and Android Beam enabled (Android 4.1 or newer)
    1. open FDroid
    2. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    3. choose an installed app from the Installed tab
    4. bring devices together to trigger the NFC zoom
    5. touch on device with FDroid open
    6. wait for beaming to complete
    7. on device receiving the app, click on completed beam to install

    Send an app via Bluetooth:
    0. make sure both devices have Bluetooth enabled
    1. launch FDroid
    2. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    3. choose an installed app from the Installed tab
    4. choose “Send via Bluetooth” on that app’s menu
    6. wait for sending to complete
    7. on device receiving the app, click on completed transfer to install

    And also a correction on one of the ones I first posted:

    Send FDroid via NFC+Bluetooth (aka Android Beam) to someone who does not have it:
    0. make sure both devices have NFC and Android Beam enabled (Android 4.1 or newer)
    2. launch FDroid
    3. on FDroid main screen (it has the Available/Installed/Updates tabs)
    4. bring devices together to trigger the NFC zoom
    5. touch on device with FDroid open
    6. wait for beaming to complete
    7. on device receiving FDroid, click on completed beam to install

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