Google Play Store only accepts complete and tested applications. For better result and testing purposes App developer provides .apk file (Android app file) of pre-release version of app to testing community. Many applications took too long time in beta testing phase and some of them will never appear on Play store.
Do you like to test a beta app or want to install non-market app on your phone? If yes, then you need to install .apk file of app on your Android device. Here is a step-by-step guide to install and test beta apps:
- Download .apk file of app from the developers website (or other sources) on phone or computer.
- Now copy this file on phone SD Card.
- Android OS has a security wall against non-market apps. You can not install apps that are not on Android market. To break this wall you need to change settings on phone. Go to Settings >> Security and check the box next to Allow installation of non-market apps i.e. Unknown Source. Now you have first requirement to install an app.
- Now you need an App Installer, many manufacturers provide an app installer if your phone don’t have one then download one form Android Market. App Installer will scan SD Card and show .apk file. Select the correct .apk file and tap on install.
The App Installer will guide you to installation process. Now you can test beta app on your phone, and don’t forget to give feedback about the app to the developer.