How to install application, apk file on an android smartphone?
Many Android phones came with the Google Play Store preinstalled. Google gets as much as 30 percent from the sale of each app and products in it. It is simply unprofitable for it to give users the opportunity to search for games and programs elsewhere, and even more so to install them. But unlike IOS phones, third-party applications can be installed on the device.
What can be useful for installing an application not via Goole Play?
First, some games and applications may not be available in your country. This was the case with Pokemon GO and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. Is it worth waiting for the launch in your country and will there be one at all, if you can download and play now?
Secondly, there is no access to the Google Play store. The problem will be especially relevant for future Huawei and Honor devices. And in general for Chinese devices.
Third, there is a general reluctance to log into Google Play. This applies more to tech bloggers, people who do not want to disclose their data. If you only need to install two applications, and for this you have to go through several rounds of authorization? Why, if you can just install.
Fourth, there are applications that, for one reason or another, cannot pass the control of Google Play. For example, if applications are contrary to their policy, since Google also owns the video hosting YouTube, applications for cheating on social networks, in this and not only, can be banned and removed from the market.
The problem is clear, now we will figure out how to solve it and how to install the apk file of the application without the participation of Google.
Installing a third-party apk application, step by step instructions
1. Find the downloaded application file
Find the downloaded application file, it must be with the .apk extension. If you downloaded via telegram, then just click on the file icon in the chat after downloading it, if downloaded through the browser, then click on the push notification or simply find the file using any file manager (conductor).
2. Click on the file, then the install button
If, when you click on the APK file, a notification pops up saying that it cannot be installed, then you should use the following instruction:
1. Open the smartphone menu and go to "Settings"
2. Go to the "Security" section
3. Activate the checkbox next to the item "Unknown sources"
4. We try to install again, everything should work out!
💡 On some smartphones running on a more recent version of Android, it is not necessary to pre-allow installation from unknown sources. You just need to run the downloaded apk file through the explorer, go to the settings through the window that appears and move the "Allow installation from external sources" slider to the active state.