How Do I Install APK Files on Android?

APK, APK Installations

Have you ever come across an interesting app or game on the internet that is not available on Google Play Store? If yes, then you might have heard about APK files.

APK files are Android application packages that can be installed manually on your Android device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing APK files on your Android device.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources
To install an APK file, we need to enable installation from unknown sources. By default, Android doesn’t allow installation of applications outside the Google Play Store. To enable it, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings on your Android device.
  • Scroll down and tap on Security.
  • Under Device Administration, toggle the switch next to Unknown Sources to enable it.

Note: This step may vary depending upon the Android version and manufacturer.

Step 2: Download APK File
Now that we have enabled installation from unknown sources, we need to download the APK file of the application we want to install. You can download the file from any trusted source on the internet. Once downloaded, follow these steps:

  • Open File Manager on your Android device.
  • Navigate to the folder where you have downloaded the APK file.
  • Tap on the APK file to start the installation process.

Step 3: Install APK File
Once you tap on the APK file, a pop-up window will appear asking for your confirmation to install the application. Tap on Install to proceed with the installation.


  • If you receive a warning message saying “Install Blocked,” then go back and check if you have enabled installation from unknown sources in Step 1.
  • If the APK file is not compatible with your Android version or device, you may encounter errors during installation.

Step 4: Launch Application
Once the installation is complete, you can launch the application by tapping on Open on the pop-up window. Alternatively, you can find the installed application in your app drawer.


Installing APK files on Android devices is a straightforward process. However, it is essential to download APK files from trusted sources only to avoid malware and other security issues.

Always check for compatibility with your device and Android version before installing an APK file. We hope this tutorial has helped you install an APK file on your Android device.