How Do I Install APK on Nvidia Shield Pro?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re a proud owner of an Nvidia Shield Pro, then you’re probably aware of all the amazing things it can do. From streaming movies and TV shows to playing your favorite games, this device is a powerhouse.

But did you know that you can also install APK files on your Nvidia Shield Pro? In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to do just that.

What is an APK file?

Before we get started, let’s first talk about what an APK file is. Simply put, an APK file is an installation package for Android apps.

It’s similar to how .exe files work on Windows computers. When you download an app from the Google Play Store, it’s essentially downloading the APK file and installing it for you automatically. But sometimes, you may want to download an app outside of the Play Store and install it manually using the APK file.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

The first thing we need to do is enable the “Unknown Sources” option in our Nvidia Shield Pro settings. This will allow us to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.

  • Go to “Settings” on your Nvidia Shield Pro home screen.
  • Select “Device Preferences”.
  • Select “Security & Restrictions”.
  • Scroll down and toggle on “Unknown Sources”.

Note: Enabling this option can put your device at risk if you’re not careful about where you download apps from. Make sure only to download apps from trusted sources.

Step 2: Download the APK File

Now that we’ve enabled “Unknown Sources,” we can go ahead and download the APK file we want to install. There are a few different ways to do this:

  • You can download the APK file directly from the app’s website.
  • You can download the APK file to your computer and transfer it to your Nvidia Shield Pro using a USB cable or over the network.
  • You can use a third-party app store like Aptoide TV to download and install apps.

Step 3: Install the APK File

Once you’ve downloaded the APK file, it’s time to install it on your Nvidia Shield Pro.

  • Open the “Downloads” app on your Nvidia Shield Pro home screen.
  • Select the APK file you just downloaded.
  • Select “Install”.
  • Wait for the installation process to complete.
  • Select “Open” to launch the newly installed app.


If you encounter any issues while installing an APK file, here are a few things you can try:

  • Make sure that “Unknown Sources” is still enabled in your device settings.
  • Try downloading and installing a different APK file to see if it’s an issue with that specific file.
  • If you transferred the APK file from your computer, make sure that it was transferred correctly and isn’t corrupted. Try transferring it again using a different method or USB cable.

In Conclusion

Installing an APK file on your Nvidia Shield Pro is a simple process that opens up a world of possibilities. Whether you’re looking for an app that’s not available in the Google Play Store or want to try out some new apps outside of your usual downloads, this tutorial should help you get started. Just make sure to exercise caution when downloading and installing apps from sources other than Google Play Store.