How Do You Load an APK File?

APK, APK Files

If you’re an Android user, you might have come across the term APK file. An APK or Android Package Kit file is the installation package for any application on the Android operating system. It contains all the necessary files and resources needed to install and run an app on your device.

If you’ve ever downloaded an APK file from a website or received one via email, you might be wondering how to install it on your device. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps to load an APK file.

Step 1: Check Your Device Settings

Before loading an APK file, you need to make sure that your device allows installations from unknown sources. By default, your Android device is set to only allow installations from the Google Play Store. To change this setting, follow these steps:

  • Go to your device’s Settings
  • Select Security or Lock Screen & Security
  • Scroll down and look for Unknown Sources
  • Toggle the switch to enable it (if disabled)

Enabling this option will allow you to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.

Step 2: Download The APK File

Once you’ve enabled installations from unknown sources, download the APK file that you want to install. You can download APK files from various websites online, but make sure that they are trustworthy sources and that the app is legitimate.

Step 3: Locate The APK File On Your Device

After downloading the APK file, locate it on your device’s storage using a File Manager app. By default, downloaded files are usually saved in the Downloads folder.

Step 4: Install The App From The APK File

To install the app from the downloaded APK file:

  • Navigate to where you saved the downloaded APK file
  • Tap on the APK file to open it
  • Read the permissions required by the app and tap Install
  • The installation process will begin and once it’s complete, tap Done or Open to start using the app


Installing apps from APK files is easy as long as you follow these steps. Remember to always download APK files from trustworthy sources and ensure that your device is set up to allow installations from unknown sources.

With these simple steps, you can now load APK files on your Android device, giving you access to a wider range of apps beyond those available in the Google Play Store.