How Do I Install a Downloaded APK File?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re an Android user, you may have come across APK files before. An APK file is an application package file that is used to install apps on Android devices.

These files can be downloaded from a variety of sources, including the Google Play Store and third-party websites. In this tutorial, we’ll go over how to install a downloaded APK file.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

Before you can install an APK file, you need to enable installation from unknown sources. By default, Android devices only allow installation from the Google Play Store. To enable installation from unknown sources, follow these steps:

  • Go to your device’s Settings.
  • Select Security.
  • Scroll down and find Unknown Sources.
  • Toggle the switch next to it to enable it.

Step 2: Download the APK File

Once you’ve enabled installation from unknown sources, you can download the APK file onto your device. You can download APK files from a variety of sources on the internet – just make sure you trust the source before downloading anything.

Step 3: Install the APK File

To install the downloaded APK file, follow these steps:

  • Navigate to where the APK file was downloaded on your device.
  • Tap on the file to open it.
  • You will be prompted with a warning message that says “Install blocked.” Tap on Settings.
  • In the settings menu, toggle the switch next to Allow from this source.
  • You will be taken back to the previous screen.

    Tap on Install.

  • The app will now begin installing on your device. Once it’s finished, you can tap on Open to launch the app.


Installing an APK file on your Android device is a simple process that can be done in just a few steps. Just remember to enable installation from unknown sources before downloading any APK files, and always make sure you trust the source of the file before downloading anything.