How To: Install Cortana on Android

Eager to install Cortana on your Android device? We walk you through getting Microsoft’s newest cross-platform digital assistant on your smartphone.

Earlier today, Microsoft’s digital assistant, Cortana, became available for both Android and iOS. While this is great news for fans of the company’s Halo-inspired digital assistant, Microsoft has yet to release Cortana in South Africa due to language and region restrictions.
However, thanks to the openness of Android, we’re able to walk you through how to install Cortana on your Android-based smartphone.
Before we begin, you’ll need an Android smartphone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher to run Cortana.
To begin, head to APK Mirror and download the official Cortana app installer here.

  1. Once the app installer has downloaded, we need to add it to your Android device. Either through wireless transfer or via MicroUSB cable, we’ll need to drag and drop the Cortana.apk file to the ‘Downloads’ folder of your smartphone
  2. Once copied, it’s safe to eject your MicroUSB cable or cease the transfer
  3. Go to the Downloads folder on your Android device through a file browser. We recommend File Commander
  4. Once there, find and open the Cortana.apk you copied
  5. Once opened, you might receive an error message prompting you to enable installations of apps not downloaded from the Play Store. If this the case, head to Settings, Security, and enable ‘Allow installation of apps from unknown sources’ under the title Unknown Sources
  6. Open the Cortana.apk file and allow the app to install
  7. Once completed, you have a working version of Cortana! Open the ‘Cortana’ app, and not the ‘Cortana Mic’ widget to sign-in to your Microsoft account and complete the setup

That’s it – installing Cortana on your Android device in seven easy steps. Are you eager to use Microsoft’s digital assistant? Have you had any hiccups in the install process? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!