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I'm worried that "deploy into" may be wrong, but for some reason it sounds more idiomatic to me than "deploy to", specifically in this sentence:

I'm going to deploy my apk into mobile device.

Whereas

I'm going to deploy my apk to mobile device.

The latter sounds weird to me.

Which one is correct? Or are both wrong?

Any explanation is genuinely appreciated!

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    Use "deploy to"; the other way is the one that's weird.
    – Robusto
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 13:23

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The transitive verb "Deploy" itself has the meaning "into" in it:

Move (troops or equipment) into position for military action: 'Once the strategic lift deploys Army forces to where they are required, tactical logistics moves to the forefront.'

Bring into effective action: small states can often deploy resources more freely

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

The following Ngram Viewer shows the big difference in their usages.

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As @Robusto also suggested in the comment, it is better to use "to" instead of "into" as using "deploy something into" sounds like using "into" twice in a sentence.

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  • I think I should stop reading letters written during the American civil war, Thanks for the chart and explanation
    – Kyle
    Commented Nov 11, 2015 at 13:44
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To deploy into means to assume (or be caused to assume) a particular formation.

The infantry should deploy into three columns.

To deploy to means to go or to be dispatched to a particular theater of military operations or place of action.

The third battalion has deployed to Europe.

The software has been deployed to the server.

The verbs can be used in passive constructions as well, e.g. be deployed into, be deployed to.

There is also a transitive sense that takes a direct object, meaning "to put into action"

Remember to deploy your parachute.

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