Most times, the Play Store is your home for all things apps on your Android device, but unlike Apple, Android allows you to install applications from other places too. Trust me, from time to time, this can come in very handy.
For example, you might need to download an app that is not available in your country. Or you wish to try a freshly introduced update to an application that has not been released to you. It could also be that you intend to locate an older version of an app if the new one you have is pissing you off.
Whatever your reason is, this is how to install an Android app that is not in the Google Play Store
NOTE: A quick warning though, it is always best to restrict all your downloads to the Play Store. This is for your safety because apps from other places might not be safe for your device.
Locating and downloading your app
- Access APKMirror.com in your device’s browser. Several unofficial Android application markets are out there, but this option is owned by the individuals behind Android Police. It aids the verification of apps to be certain that they are legit and signed by the right parties. They publish just legitimate apps from popular Android developers. Apart from the Play Store, they are quite reputable as well.
- Browse through the website’s collection or utilize the search box at the top to locate and choose the application you need.
- If an application has several versions available, they will be visible alongside their version number and when they were released. Click your preferred version, then click the name of the file (below “Download”.) After that, click on the red “Download APK” way down on the display on the next page.
- Your device will give you a warning about the potential danger you are exposed to by downloading unknown applications and will ask you to authorize the installation. Click OK to continue.
Installing your app
- Check your notification panel for confirmation that the download is finished. Click the notification to start installing.
- Your Android device will ask you to allow the unknown app to be installed. The installation will happen at the system-wide level if you are making use of an ancient version of Android or just for your browser if you use Android 8.0 (Oreo) or newer. Click “Settings” in the box, after that, enable the toggle on what will be visible on your phone screen.
- Click the back button and a prompt waiting for you to confirm that you wish to install the app will be seen. Tap “Install”
- Immediately the installation is done, you will be notified.