How Do I Install a Duplicate APK File?

APK, APK Installations

Have you ever wanted to install a duplicate APK file? Maybe you want to test out a new version of an app without losing your current version, or maybe you want to have multiple accounts on the same app.

Whatever your reason may be, installing a duplicate APK file is fairly simple. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process step-by-step.

What is an APK file?

Before we get started with the installation process, it’s important to understand what an APK file is. An APK (short for Android Package Kit) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps. It contains all the necessary files needed to install and run an app on an Android device.

Step 1: Downloading the Duplicate APK File

The first step in installing a duplicate APK file is to download it. You can do this by searching for the app you want in a web browser and downloading it from a trusted source. Be sure to only download from reputable websites as downloading from untrusted sources can expose your device to malware or other security issues.

Step 2: Enabling Unknown Sources

Before you can install the duplicate APK file, you need to enable “Unknown sources” on your device. This allows you to install apps from sources other than Google Play Store.

To enable Unknown sources:

  1. Go to “Settings” on your device.
  2. Select “Security” or “Privacy”.
  3. Scroll down until you find “Unknown sources”.
  4. Toggle the switch next to it to enable it.

Step 3: Installing the Duplicate APK File

Once you have downloaded the duplicate APK file and enabled Unknown sources, it’s time to install it.

To install:

  1. Locate the downloaded file on your device. You can usually find it in the “Downloads” folder.
  2. Tap on the file to begin the installation process.
  3. Read and accept any permissions that the app may require to install.
  4. Wait for the installation process to complete. This may take a few minutes depending on the size of the app and your device’s performance.


Installing a duplicate APK file is a simple process, but it’s important to be cautious when downloading from untrusted sources. Always download from reputable websites and enable Unknown sources only when necessary. By following these steps, you can easily install multiple versions of an app or have multiple accounts on the same app.