If you own an Android device and want to download and install an app outside of the Google Play Store, you’ll need to install an APK file. APK stands for Android Package Kit, and it’s the file format used by the Android operating system for installing mobile apps.
Before we begin: You need to make sure that your device allows installation from unknown sources. To enable this, go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and toggle it on.
Step 1: First, download the APK file you want to install. You can download these files from various sources on the internet.
However, be cautious while downloading files from unknown sources as they may contain malware or viruses. It is recommended that you only download APK files from trusted websites.
Step 2: Once the file is downloaded, locate it in your device’s storage using a file manager app and tap on it.
Step 3: If this is your first time installing an APK file, your device will prompt you with a warning message regarding installation from unknown sources. Tap on “Install” to proceed.
If you are running Android 8.0 Oreo or higher:
Step 4: Your device will now ask you for permission to install the app. Tap “Allow” to continue with the installation process.
If you are running Android 7.0 Nougat or lower:
Step 4: You’ll be taken directly to the installation screen after tapping “Install.” Here, review all of the information about what permissions the app requires before tapping “Install” once more.
- If your device has insufficient storage space or if there are any other issues during installation, your device will notify you and prevent installation.
- You can always revoke the permission to install from unknown sources after the installation is complete by going back to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources and turning it off.
Conclusion: Installing an APK file on your Android device is a simple process. However, it’s important to be cautious while downloading files from unknown sources.
Make sure you only download APK files from trusted websites. And remember to turn off installation from unknown sources after you’ve finished installing your app.