How Do I Install APK on Real Device?

APK, APK Installations

If you are an Android user, you might have come across the term APK file. An APK (Android Package Kit) file is a package file format used by the Android operating system for the distribution and installation of mobile apps. It contains all the necessary files required for the installation of an app on an Android device.

In this tutorial, we will learn how to install an APK on a real device. The process is simple and easy to follow, so let’s get started.

Step 1: Allow Installation from Unknown Sources

By default, your phone only allows installation of apps from the Google Play Store. To install an APK, you have to enable installation from unknown sources. Here’s how:

  • Go to “Settings” on your device.
  • Select “Security.”
  • Scroll down and find “Unknown Sources.” Tap on it to enable.

Note: Enabling this option may expose your device to security risks. Only download APKs from trusted sources.

Step 2: Download the APK File

Download the desired APK file from a trusted source. You can download it directly on your phone or transfer it from your computer.

Step 3: Install the APK File

Once you have downloaded or transferred the file, follow these instructions for installing:

  • Navigate to where you saved the downloaded file using any file manager app.
  • Tap on the downloaded file.
  • A prompt will appear asking for permission to install. Tap “Install.

  • The app will start installing. This may take a few minutes depending on your device and app size.


If you encounter issues during installation, try these steps:

  • Ensure that you have enabled installation from unknown sources.
  • Make sure the APK file is compatible with your device and Android version.
  • Clear cache on your device to free up space.
  • Restart your device and try installing again.


Installing an APK on a real device is simple and easy. However, it’s important to only download files from trusted sources to avoid security risks. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily install any APK file on your Android phone.