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Android Install external apps / APK files on Android - that's how it works


With the help of APK files, (external) apps can be installed on the Android smartphone without the Google Play Store. However, you should always keep an eye on the sources of the files, as these can also be infected with malware.

Install APK files on Android

Preparation: Adjust security settings

Before you are authorized to install APK files on your Android device, you need to adjust some settings:

  1. To do this, open the Settings on your device.
  2. Search under "Generally"after the point"security"and open it.
  3. Now look for the option "Unknown origin"(or"Unknown sources") and activate these. Now you can install apps (APK files) that do not come from the Play Store.

Installation of APK files

Once you have made this setting, you can continue with the installation:

  1. The first thing you need to do is the Download the APK to your device. Alternatively, you can also use the APK file from the computer via USB cable to your mobile device, but this process is very cumbersome.
  2. Now run the APK fileby clicking on them. The downloaded files can be found under Download.
  3. Now all you have to do is do the one more time Confirm installation and then the app will be installed.

Note: If you want to import an update for the externally installed APK file, this does not work automatically. You have to download and install the update manually.