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ODK Collect Installation


In order to use the ODK tools to start collecting data, you will need to first download the tools. In the next several pages, you will discover how to install all of the tools necessary to get started.

ODK Collect Installation  

Installing from Google Play Store (Highly Recommended)

The ODK Collect App is available in the Google Play store.

Installing Manually

We highly recommend using the Google Play Store to download the latest version of the application, as it is the most stable. However, if you need a different version of Collect for project requirements, you can install older versions manually from the web.  

  1. From your device’s Settings, choose Security (or Applications in older versions of Android).
    • Make sure Unknown Sources is checked
  2. Open a web browser on your phone
  3. Navigate to and download the ODK Collect APK
  4. In the download window, you will see ODK_Collect_vN.N.N.apk. – Select it to download the file.

Some Considerations:

    • On older devices, the APK will automatically install after you approve the security settings.
    • On newer devices, you must go to the download list, rename the file to restore the .apk extension (the extension will have been renamed to .man during the download process), then click on it to install it.

You can also download the ODK Collect APK to your computer and load it on your device via adb or another tool like AirDroid.

On older Android devices (4.0 and earlier), ODK Collect required an external SD Card. This is no longer an issue because Android devices have internal storage. Virtually all current Android devices will run ODK Collect.


You can install ODK Collect on the Android emulator. This is especially helpful if you need to project Collect onto a screen.

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