Install Non-market Apps on Android

Google doesn’t not allow some applications to host on Google Play Store servers. Some of these applications either failed to qualify Google guidelines for apps or contains adult material. Also some developers release their applications in beta version to test application stability, users interest and save some money. Google won’t allow storage of applications in beta phase. So app developers release their app’s .apk file on their website or other app stores.

Now the question arises is ‘How can I install non-market apps’? I have a simple solution to this problem, simply follow these steps:

  • First, you have to allow non-market app installation on your phone. Go to Settings >> Security on your phone and navigate to device administration section. Now check the box in front of Unknown sources, this will allow your phone to install non-market apps. A warning pop-up window will appear, click OK to agree with the warning and setup non-market app installation.
  • Now, download application’s .apk file from that app’s developer website or other app stores on your Android phone’s SD card. Always remember to download .apk files from a trusted website otherwise these files may contains viruses or harm your phone. You can search for the .apk file on Amazon App Store, getjar or other popular app storage.
  • Third step is to install this .apk file on your phone. To install an .apk file, your phone must have an ‘App Installer’ application installed on it. Now run App Installer application, this will scan SD card more .apk files and show a list of it. Choose correct file and follow steps to install it on your phone.

Always remember, application developers can develop applications that virtually could do anything on your phone and steal your important data. These files may contains viruses, so for shake of your security, you must install an antivirus app.

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