How Do I Manually Install APK?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re an Android user, you probably know what an APK file is. It’s a package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps.

Sometimes, you may need to manually install an APK file for various reasons such as sideloading an app that is not available on the Google Play Store or installing a beta version of an app. In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the process of manually installing an APK file on your Android device.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources
To install an APK file manually, you need to enable “Unknown Sources” on your Android device. This option allows installation of apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.

To enable Unknown Sources, go to Settings > Security or Lock Screen & Security (depending on your device and Android version). Then toggle the switch next to “Unknown Sources” to enable it.

A warning message will appear, informing you about the potential risks of installing apps from unknown sources. Click “OK” to confirm.

Note: It’s important to be cautious while installing apps from unknown sources as they may harm your device or compromise your privacy.

Step 2: Download and Locate the APK File
Before downloading an APK file, make sure it’s from a trusted source. You can download APK files from websites like APKMirror, Aptoide, or directly from developers’ websites.

Once you’ve downloaded the APK file, locate it in your device’s internal storage or SD card using a File Manager app such as ES File Explorer or Solid Explorer.

Step 3: Install the APK File
To install the APK file, simply tap on it once to open it. A prompt will appear asking for confirmation to install the app. Click “Install” to proceed with the installation.

The installation process may take a few seconds or minutes depending on the size of the app and your device’s performance. Once the installation is complete, you’ll see a notification saying “App installed” or “Installation successful”.

Step 4: Disable Unknown Sources
After installing the APK file, it’s recommended to disable Unknown Sources to prevent any potential harm from other malicious apps that may be installed in the future.

To disable Unknown Sources, go back to Settings > Security or Lock Screen & Security and toggle off the switch next to “Unknown Sources”.

Note: If you encounter an error while installing an APK file, it may be due to compatibility issues or security restrictions on your device. In such cases, try downloading a different version of the app or contact the developer for support.


By following these simple steps, you can manually install an APK file on your Android device. However, it’s important to remember that installing apps from unknown sources can pose a risk to your device’s security and privacy. So always be cautious and download APK files only from trusted sources.