My Game Cannot Be Placed On My Device!

If you find that your game apk is not transferred to your device at any time this often means that the Android Debugger (also simply called "adb") is not working as it should. Your priority here is to get it to work! One of the main issues is that not all device drivers are installed with adb and so you should consult your manufacturer to get the latest drivers for your specific device. Here are some links to the major manufacturers :

Samsung
Motorola
HTC
Sony Ericsson

if you have updated the drivers and still can't get things to work as they should, then it's often useful to know if the device is actually recognized and connected by the adb.

To do this, follow these steps : 

  1. Plug the device into the computer using the USB data cable 
  2. On your PC, Press and hold the '''Windows Key''' and hit '''R''' to open the Run dialog 
  3. Type in '''CMD''' and hit enter to open a command prompt
  4. Go to the directory where you installed Android and type "cd platform-tools" and press enter
  5. Now type "adb get-state"

If all goes well, you should get the message "device", signalling that your device has been recognized and all is well. However, if you get the message "unknown" this means that your device is not recognized. In this case you may have to install the drivers specific to your device (see links above).

If adb detects that your device is connected, but the device still does not respond to GameMaker:Studio when creating and testing a game, you may need to install the game package onto the device manually. This can be done as follows.

  1. On your PC, Press and hold the '''Windows Key''' and hit '''R''' to open the Run dialogue 
  2. Type in '''CMD''' and hit enter to open a command prompt 
  3. Go to the directory where you installed Android and type "cd platform-tools" and press enter
  4. Type the following into the command line, ensuring to replace the file location to the location where you saved your game apk: ''adb install [path to your apk]'' 
  5. Hit Enter and wait for install to complete (will state "Success" on completion) 
  6. Once installed, you should now see the game's icon on your Android Device
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