Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Installing An Android App Without Google Play

A friend of mine developed an app for me and mailed it to me (in other words, the app isn’t available on Google Play). How can I install it on my phone that is running Android 4.3?

As you can probably trust your friend the following will be a bit unnecessary, but still: don’t install just anything on your Android devices. Even apps on Google Play can contain malware (though Google tries its best to detect that), and with apps ‘in the wild’ you just never know.

That said, let’s get to it. First of all, tell your phone it’s ok to install apps that don’t come from Google Play. You do that in the Settings, and for Android 4.3 it goes like this (other versions have the option as well, but most likely it can be found elsewhere in the Settings):
  • Start Settings
  • Tap the ‘More’ tab
  • Tap ‘Security’
  • Check the checkbox labelled ‘Unknown sources’
Next, you’ll want to get the app (the ‘.apk’ file your friend mailed to you) to your device. Some examples of ways of doing that are:
Finally, use a file manager like e.g. OI File Manager to locate the file on your phone, and tap it to install it.

Last but not least, after having installed the app, you may want to switch the ‘Unknown sources’ option off again - better safe than sorry.

No comments:

Post a Comment