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How to Install Apps on Android without Google Play

How to Install Apps on Android without Google Play Hi this is Phil from Make Tech Easier and welcome to how to install apps on Android without Google Play Store. The Play Store is a one-stop shop for the majority of Android users and why shouldnt it be? Googles massive repository of apps games and all things digital is the biggest of its kind in the world and for the most part youll find everything you need right there. But there are times when you need to install apps from outside the veritable Android flea market. Google doesnt run us tight a ship as Apple when it comes to whats sold in its store, but it still has its share of checks in place.

Or you may want to install the older version of an app you already own because it worked better on your device. Here are some ways you can install apps on your Android device without the Play Store. Enable unknown sources. App packages for Android are packaged in .apk files which can also be downloaded from outside the Play Store, such as through your web browser.

Before attempting to install the apk files however you must first allow your phone to install from unknown sources, ie. non Play Store apps. To do this navigate to settings -ampgt security and check the box marked unknown sources and then tap OK and Trust. find the apk you want to install maybe you already have a site that you trust for downloading apks. If not then can we recommend APKMirror as a good place to find legal APKs of old versions of Play Store apps, free apps and so on.

You can download APKs directly through the web browser on your phone at which point youll receive a message saying this type of file can harm your computer. Dont worry. If youre getting your file from APKMirror or another site you trust then your phones perfectly safe. Download the file then open the APK from the pulldown notification menu on your phone or by browsing to the Downloads folder on your phones file manager. Tap install and your fancy new app should be ready shortly you can also download APKs through the browser on your PC at which point you will need to transfer the file over to your phone by a micro USB or wirelessly and install it from there.

Install using Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud services. Alternatively if youve downloaded the APK on a device other than your phone, you should be able to navigate to it on your device, then upload it to a cloud service such as Google Drive or Dropbox. Once youve done this you can access it through Drive or Dropbox on your phone and open it directly from the cloud service beginning the installation process. Installing apps using the online APK installer.

This online APK installer is a web app created by helpful xda-developers forum member htc-hd2 with the aim to make manual installation of an APK file much easier. It is useful if you want to share an apk file with a friend because after you upload the APK you want to install it creates a QR code that you or a friend can scan on your screen to begin the installation process. To do this first navigate to APKinstall.

Here you will see a black browse files button, select this and choose the APK file on your PC. Once youve uploaded the file a QR code will appear on the website. You must scan this QR code with Barcode Scanner. We recommend QR Code Reader link in the description below and we hear that Unlimited QR Code Reader isnt half bad either. Once the QR code has been scanned you can click on the link to download the APK file straight to your device.

After the APK file is downloaded to your Android device you can install it by simply tapping on it in the notification menu or finding it in your file manager and following the on-screen prompts. Conclusion. There it is folks the method of installing apps from outside the confines of the Play Store. There are other methods at your disposal too, however, such as downloading one of the many Play Store alternatives out there.

We have a whole list of them linked in the description. Though to get most of them you will likely still need to install the APK so remember to come back to this guide for future reference. OK as always thanks for watching and please subscribe and add your comments below. See you next time! How to Install Apps on Android without Google Play Hi this is Phil from Make Tech Easier and welcome to how to install apps on Android without Google Play Store.

The Play Store is a one-stop shop for the majority of Android users and why shouldnt it be? Googles massive repository of apps games and all things digital is the biggest of its kind in the world and for the most part youll find everything you need right there. But there are times when you need to install apps from outside the veritable Android flea market.

Google doesnt run us tight a ship as Apple when it comes to whats sold in its store, but it still has its share of checks in place. Or you may want to install the older version of an app you already own because it worked better on your device. Here are some ways you can install apps on your Android device without the Play Store. Enable unknown sources.

App packages for Android are packaged in .apk files which can also be downloaded from outside the Play Store, such as through your web browser. Before attempting to install the apk files however you must first allow your phone to install from unknown sources, ie. non Play Store apps. To do this navigate to settings -ampgt security and check the box marked unknown sources and then tap OK and Trust. find the apk you want to install maybe you already have a site that you trust for downloading apks.

If not then can we recommend APKMirror as a good place to find legal APKs of old versions of Play Store apps, free apps and so on. You can download APKs directly through the web browser on your phone at which point youll receive a message saying this type of file can harm your computer. Dont worry.

If youre getting your file from APKMirror or another site you trust then your phones perfectly safe. Download the file then open the APK from the pulldown notification menu on your phone or by browsing to the Downloads folder on your phones file manager. Tap install and your fancy new app should be ready shortly you can also download APKs through the browser on your PC at which point you will need to transfer the file over to your phone by a micro USB or wirelessly and install it from there. Install using Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud services. Alternatively if youve downloaded the APK on a device other than your phone, you should be able to navigate to it on your device, then upload it to a cloud service such as Google Drive or Dropbox.

Once youve done this you can access it through Drive or Dropbox on your phone and open it directly from the cloud service beginning the installation process. Installing apps using the online APK installer. This online APK installer is a web app created by helpful xda-developers forum member htc-hd2 with the aim to make manual installation of an APK file much easier. It is useful if you want to share an apk file with a friend because after you upload the APK you want to install it creates a QR code that you or a friend can scan on your screen to begin the installation process. To do this first navigate to APKinstall.

Here you will see a black browse files button, select this and choose the APK file on your PC. Once youve uploaded the file a QR code will appear on the website. You must scan this QR code with Barcode Scanner. We recommend QR Code Reader link in the description below and we hear that Unlimited QR Code Reader isnt half bad either.

Once the QR code has been scanned you can click on the link to download the APK file straight to your device. After the APK file is downloaded to your Android device you can install it by simply tapping on it in the notification menu or finding it in your file manager and following the on-screen prompts. Conclusion. There it is folks the method of installing apps from outside the confines of the Play Store. There are other methods at your disposal too, however, such as downloading one of the many Play Store alternatives out there.

We have a whole list of them linked in the description. Though to get most of them you will likely still need to install the APK so remember to come back to this guide for future reference. OK as always thanks for watching and please subscribe and add your comments below.

See you next time!

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