How Do I Install an APK File on My Android?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re an Android user, you’ve probably heard the term “APK” before. APK stands for Android Package Kit, which is the file format used by Android to distribute and install applications.

Sometimes, you may come across an APK file that you want to install on your phone manually. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to do just that.

What is an APK file?

Before we get started with the installation process, let’s take a moment to understand what an APK file is. As mentioned earlier, it’s a package file format used by Android to distribute and install applications. When you download an app from the Google Play Store, for example, it automatically downloads and installs the APK file for that app on your phone.

However, sometimes you may want to install an app that isn’t available on the Play Store or update an existing app manually if the automatic update fails. In such cases, you’ll need to download the APK file yourself and install it manually.

How to Install an APK File on Your Phone

Now that we’ve covered the basics of APK files let’s dive into how to install them on your phone. The process is straightforward:

Step 1: Enable Installation from Unknown Sources

Firstly, since you’ll be installing an app outside of the Google Play Store, you need to enable installation from unknown sources in your phone settings.

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Security (or Privacy depending on your device)
  • Scroll down and enable “Unknown Sources”
  • A warning message will pop up; click “OK”

Step 2: Download and Locate the APK File

Once you’ve enabled installation from unknown sources in your phone settings, download the APK file you want to install. You can do this using your phone’s browser or by downloading it on your computer and transferring it to your phone.

After downloading, locate the APK file in your phone’s file manager. Typically, downloaded files are saved in the Downloads folder.

Step 3: Install the APK File

Now that you’ve located the APK file, tap on it to begin the installation process. You’ll be prompted with an “Install” button; click it.

Note: Depending on your device settings, you may be prompted to grant certain permissions before installing the app.

Once you’ve clicked “Install,” wait for a few seconds while your phone installs and verifies the app. Once done, you’ll see a notification that the app has been installed successfully.

Step 4: Disable Installation from Unknown Sources

After installing your desired app, we recommend disabling installation from unknown sources to avoid any security risks. To do this:

  • Go to Settings
  • Select Security (or Privacy depending on your device)
  • Scroll down and disable “Unknown Sources”

Congratulations! You have now successfully installed an APK file on your Android phone!


  • Ensure that you download an APK file only from a trusted source.
  • Always keep installation from unknown sources disabled by default.
  • Avoid downloading pirated apps as they may contain malware or viruses.

In conclusion, installing an APK file on Android is pretty straightforward as long as you follow these steps carefully. Now that you know how to install an APK file, go ahead and explore all those amazing apps that aren’t available on Google Play Store!