Learn how to use MIT App Inventor, a web-based app that uses a Scratch-like coding interface to build mobile apps for Android devices.
If you’re still a N008 at Scratch, check out the Introduction to Scratch Tutorial.
This is a simple step. App Inventor will use WiFi to work between your computer and your Android device. Begin by making sure your Android device is connected to the SAME WiFi Network as your computer.
Your Andoid device needs a special App to run App Inventor hacks. Even if it's already installed on your device, go to this website and follow instructions (Step 1 only) to download the "MIT AI2 Companion App" from the Google Play Store.
Take your first shot a using MIT App Inventor by building a simple app to predict the future!
Make sure you log into the MIT App Inventor web tool before you begin. You can use your personal account or the STEM Scholar shared Google login.
Make sure that you click on the "Projects" dropdown menu and select "My Projects", then click on "Start new project" above the projects list.
When you are done building your app and ready to test, you will need to connect the Android to the App Inventor. Go back to this tutorial to see instructions on how.
Make sure to update your Project Portfolio with your new app!
Can you figure out how to download an
apk file version of your app project so that you can
link it in your web page using
html? What about using a
QR code? Take some
screenshots of your app code to help demonstrate what you did.
While still inside the App Inventor web tool, click on the Build dropdown in the top-menu to find
apk filesharing options;
apkfiles can be opened on an Android device to launch an app.