How to install any APK App on any Android device (Smartphone or Tablet)

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Jascha Luca
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24.10.2016
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If you are new to android, or have been around Google’s mobile platform for sometime you would be quite familiar with the Play store. Google play is generally considered the safest and easiest source for Apps, widgets and games. However, it does have its drawbacks. Some aspects such as automatic updates can be quite frustrating. Especially in the instances where a new patch or update is incompatible with your device, and fails to perform in the intended manner.  Sometimes you just might not like the new version and want the familiarity of old times. 

How to install apk on android devices

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Thankfully there is a nice and easy work around for a lot of these problems. That’s where we introduce you to the APK file format (Android application package) This handy little file format can be found all over the internet. As well as having the benefit of being able to roll certain apps back to a previous version, APK files can also grant you access to apps that may currently not be available to your region of the world. You might also be lucky enough to get your hands on early leaked releases. (This can be risky however)

 Installing APK Apps from PC to your Android device

Getting started: This is probably the most important step in the process of using APK files. Finding reliable sources. APK files are generally easy to come across, however not all sources and files should be trusted as genuine so it’s best to do some research prior to making a download and install.   

Once you have tracked down the desired APK file download it to your usual download directory, or just simply save it to your desktop.

The second step you will need to take is to enable third party apps to be installed on your device. As follows. Settings > Security. Then tick the box “Unknown Sources”

 Installing APK on android smartphone

For the next step connect your android phone or tablet to the computer which you have saved the APK file to and allow your phone be used as a media device or to share files. ( this option will differ depending on your device just select the option that will allow you to transfer files between the two)  

Android apk install tablet

Cut or copy the APK file to the desired folder on your device. The easiest option is  the download folder.  Once you have the file on your phone simply use your phone’s file manager App to locate it,  tap once to install. After a few moments the new app will be ready to use.

If you do not have a file manager on your phone by default ES File explorer is a simple one to use and is available for free on Play Store.   

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