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APK is not appearing in device Apps screen.

amit.chaiamit.chai Posts: 24
Brain Burst
Hi, this is quite annoying, I am able to test my APK in gear VR after install is complete. But, when I exit the game there is no icon on the screen. I can see it in all apps settings, but can't run it from there. So each time I need to install the APK again in order to test it. I'm sure there is a better way but can't figure this out.
Any solution for this? 


  • juanoldinhojuanoldinho Posts: 106 Oculus Staff
    edited August 3
    You can add the following 
    <category android:name="android.intent.category.LAUNCHER" />
    to your manifest and after installing to the phone the app will be listed along with all your other apps. Be aware that to upload a build to the Oculus Store you will need to remove the above from your manfiest and ensure your AndroidManifest.xml conforms to our specifications listed here:
  • amit.chaiamit.chai Posts: 24
    Brain Burst
    After adding the line, It's still not showing, 
  • oculus_gaboroculus_gabor Posts: 9 Oculus Staff
    If your application is a unity game, the following command will launch it:
    adb shell am start <package name>/com.unity3d.player.UnityPlayerActivity

    So, if your applications package name (configured in player settings) was com.oculus.example, the command to launch the app would be
    adb shell am start com.oculus.example/com.unity3d.player.UnityPlayerActivity

    Sometimes the activity name is com.oculus.example/com.unity3d.player.UnityPlayerNativeActivity

    That should let you launch the game any time.

    Lets assume you don't actually know the name of the main activity (com.unity3d.player.UnityPlayerActivity), or maybe your game is not a unity game... All of this information is easy to find. First, you need to find the package name of your application. Use the following command:
    adb shell pm list packages -f
    This will list all installed apk files, with their package names. Search for yours in the list. Once you know the package name, you need to find the name of the main activity for the package. Use this command:
    adb shell pm dump PACKAGE
    This is going to dump a LOT of text to your console. The information you are looking for is near the top of this info dump. The dump will look something like this:
    $ adb shell pm dump com.oculus.example
    DUMP OF SERVICE package:
    	Activity Resolver Table:
    		Non-Data Actions:
    				51ea7ab com.oculus.example/com.unity3d.player.UnityPlayerActivity filter 1256f18
    ...  Ignore the rest, it's not useful
    Notice the same string i used to launch with application manager in there. From here you can use adb shell am start to launch the application.

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