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Jolla AppSupport: The Solution for Running Android Apps on Linux Platforms

What is Jolla APKD and How to Use It?

If you are a fan of Jolla, the Finnish company that develops Sailfish OS, the independent Linux-based mobile operating system, you might have heard of Jolla APKD. But what is it exactly and how can you use it to enhance your Jolla phone experience? In this article, we will explain what Jolla APKD is, how to install it on your phone, how to use it to run Android apps, how to install Google Play Store on your phone, and some tips and tricks for using Jolla APKD. Let's get started!

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Jolla is a deep tech company from Finland that was founded in 2011 by former Nokia employees who wanted to continue the legacy of MeeGo, a Linux-based mobile operating system that was discontinued by Nokia. Jolla's main product is Sailfish OS, a European alternative to dominating mobile operating systems like Android and iOS. Sailfish OS is based on open source and developed by Jolla, its customers, and the Sailfish community. Sailfish OS offers a stable and secure platform for trusted mobile solutions, with a unique gesture-based user interface and built-in privacy features.

One of the advantages of Sailfish OS is that it can run Android apps without the need for Android itself. This is possible thanks to Jolla's AppSupport for Linux Platforms, a solution that allows any Linux-compatible platform to run Android apps. AppSupport is also productized for the automotive sector, allowing OEMs to offer Android apps on their own independent Linux-based OS.

Jolla APKD is a part of AppSupport that enables users to install Android apps on their Jolla phones. APKD stands for Android Package Kit Daemon, which is a service that handles the installation, removal, and registration of Android apps on Sailfish OS. With APKD, users can download Android apps from various sources, such as the Jolla Store, Aptoide, or other websites, and install them on their phones with ease. APKD also takes care of updating and uninstalling Android apps when needed.

The benefits of using Jolla APKD are many. First of all, it gives users access to a wider range of apps that are not available natively for Sailfish OS. For example, users can enjoy popular social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or Telegram, or games like Angry Birds or Candy Crush Saga. Secondly, it allows users to enjoy the best of both worlds: the innovative and independent Sailfish OS with its gesture-based UI and privacy features, and the familiar and convenient Android apps with their rich functionality and compatibility. Thirdly, it saves users time and hassle by providing a simple and seamless way to install Android apps without having to deal with complex settings or procedures.

How to Install Jolla APKD on Your Phone

If you want to use Jolla APKD on your phone, you need to follow these steps:

  • Enable developer mode and SSH access on your phone. To do this, go to Settings > Developer tools > Developer mode > Enable developer mode. You will need to set a password for SSH access and accept the terms of use.

  • Download and install APKD from the Jolla Store. To do this, open the Store app on your phone and search for "apkd". Tap on the app and tap Install. You will need to accept the terms and conditions and grant some permissions to APKD.

  • Use APKD to install Android apps on your phone. You can either download Android apps from the Jolla Store, which has a dedicated category for Android apps, or from other sources, such as Aptoide, an alternative Android app store that you can install from the Jolla Store as well. To install an Android app from the Jolla Store, just tap on it and tap Install. To install an Android app from Aptoide or other sources, you need to download the APK file (the installation package) and then open it with File Browser. From the pulley menu, select Install and APKD will handle the rest.

Congratulations, you have successfully installed Jolla APKD on your phone and you can now enjoy Android apps on your Sailfish OS device!

How to Install Google Play Store on Jolla Phone

If you want to access the official Google Play Store on your Jolla phone, you need to follow these steps:

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  • Download and install Google Play Services and Store on your phone. You can find the latest versions of these APK files on a reputable site like APKMirror. For example, you can use these links: for Google Play Services and for Google Play Store. Download them on your phone and open them with File Browser. From the pulley menu, select Install for each file.

  • Sign in and use Google Play Store on your phone. After installing both files, you should see a new icon for Google Play Store on your launcher screen. Tap on it and sign in with your Google account. You will need to accept some terms and conditions and grant some permissions to Google Play Services and Store. Once you are signed in, you can browse, download, and update Android apps from the Google Play Store as usual.

  • Update and uninstall Google Play Store on your phone. To update Google Play Store, you need to download and install the latest version of the APK file from APKMirror or other sources. To uninstall Google Play Store, you need to use File Browser and go to /data/app/ (or if you have a newer version). Tap on it and select Uninstall from the pulley menu.

That's it, you have successfully installed Google Play Store on your Jolla phone and you can now access the official Android app store on your Sailfish OS device!

Tips and Tricks for Using Jolla APKD

Here are some tips and tricks for using Jolla APKD to make the most out of your Android apps on Sailfish OS:

  • How to manage Android apps and settings. You can use the Settings app on your phone to manage some aspects of your Android apps. For example, you can go to Settings > Apps > Android support to see how much storage space your Android apps are using, clear their cache or data, or uninstall them. You can also go to Settings > System > Alien Dalvik Control to adjust some settings for your Android environment, such as screen resolution, orientation lock, or keyboard layout.

  • How to improve Android app performance and compatibility. Some Android apps may not run smoothly or correctly on Sailfish OS due to various reasons, such as hardware limitations, software bugs, or compatibility issues. Here are some ways to improve your Android app experience: - Update your Android apps regularly using APKD or Google Play Store. - Restart your Android support service if you encounter any problems with your Android apps. You can do this by going to Settings > Apps > Android support and tapping Restart Android support. - Enable or disable hardware acceleration for your Android apps if they are laggy or glitchy. You can do this by going to Settings > System > Alien Dalvik Control and toggling Hardware acceleration. - Use a third-party app like [text](^7^) App Settings Xposed Module to tweak some settings for individual Android apps, such as DPI, screen size, or permissions. You will need to install Xposed Framework first using [text](^8^) this guide. Note that this may void your warranty or cause instability issues.

How to troubleshoot common issues with Android apps. Here are some common problems that you may encounter with your Android apps and how to fix them: - If an Android app crashes or freezes, try clearing its cache or data from Settings > Apps > Android support > App name > Clear cache or Clear data. - If an Android app does not connect to the internet or shows a network error, try enabling mobile data for it from Settings > Apps > App permissions > Mobile data > App name. Alternatively, you can use a VPN app to bypass any network restrictions or firewalls. - If an Android app does not show notifications or sounds, try enabling them from Settings > Apps > App permissions > Notifications > App name. You can also customize the notification settings for each app from there. - If an Android app does not


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