How Do I Manually Install APK Files on Android?

APK, APK Installations

If you are an Android user, you might have come across an APK file at some point. An APK file is basically an Android Package Kit that contains all the necessary files for installing an app.

While you can easily install apps from the Google Play Store, there might be situations where you need to manually install an APK file on your device. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of manually installing APK files on your Android device.

Before You Begin

Before we proceed with installation, it’s important to note that installing apps from unknown sources can be risky as it can potentially harm your device or compromise your personal information. Therefore, it’s recommended that you only install APK files from trusted sources.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

By default, Android devices are set to disallow installations from unknown sources. To enable installation from unknown sources, follow these steps:

1. Open the Settings app on your device. 2. Scroll down and select ‘Security’ (or ‘Biometrics and security’ depending on your device).

3. Look for the option labelled ‘Unknown Sources’ or ‘Install unknown apps’. 4. Toggle the switch to enable installation from unknown sources.


The wording and location of this option may vary depending on your device manufacturer and operating system version.

Step 2: Download the APK File

Once you have enabled installation from unknown sources, download the desired APK file onto your device. You can download APK files directly from the internet or transfer them from a computer to your device using a USB cable.


Make sure to download the APK file from a trustworthy source.

Step 3: Install the APK File

After downloading the apk file, simply tap on it to start installation process.

1. Open any File Manager like Files by Google or ES File Explorer. Navigate to the folder where the APK file is downloaded. Tap on the APK file to start the installation process. Follow the prompts to complete the installation.


Some devices might display a prompt asking you to confirm that you trust the source of the app before installing it. If you see this prompt, select ‘Install’ or ‘Yes’.

Step 4: Disable Unknown Sources

After installing the app, it’s recommended that you disable installation from unknown sources to prevent unauthorized installs in future. Open Settings app on your device. Toggle off switch to disable installation from unknown sources.


Leaving this option enabled can make your device vulnerable to malware and other security threats.

In Conclusion

Installing APK files manually can be a handy way to access apps that are not available on Google Play Store or update apps that are yet to be released officially. However, we strongly recommend only installing files from trusted sources and disabling installation from unknown sources once you have finished installing any desired apps.