I take advantage of the round fix mobiles I am doing to explain and document many actions that friends and family often ask of me. In this case I explain how to install APK applications on Android.
I go straight to the point, if you want to know what an APK is and when you may need to install one, see the end of the article.
In my case I'm going to reinstall Play Store that works badly on a mobile that we are going to use without SIM for my father-in-law to play. I can't open it, not even resetting the factory and it is much faster for me to install the application directly than to see what happens to the smartphone or flash it.
How to install an APK
We go to Settings> Security and we will see that there is an option that says Unknown origins. We have to activate it.
We will get a notice and ask for confirmation. We give ACCEPT. And we see that Unknown origins are activated.
The next step if we haven't already done so is to download the APK from a reputable site. Below we give some sources.
Once downloaded, clicking on the apk will start the installation
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Where to get APKs
The problem with installing APKs on your own without them being in the Play Store is that they greatly increase the chances that they carry malicious code, to steal data, information, eternal viruses on the smartphone, etc.
It is true that in the Play Sotre there are also cases of corrupt applications, but it is more difficult, there are more filters to pass.
El Security secret with APKs is to download them from reliable sources. The point of this is not to get free paid apps. It is more if you see that they offer them, be suspicious because it will possibly contain malware.
Some sites that until now are reliable are:
If you know any more you can leave a comment.
Always be careful what you download and install and from where. Even if it's the Play Store
I install an APK and it disappears
This may be because we have activated Play Protect, which is an option of the Play Store that, in addition to checking the applications of the Play Store, searches among the applications of our device in search of viruses or something suspicious and if it finds an unknown APK or of the that you suspect can erase it from our mobile or tablet.
Yes, disable Play Protect you have to go to the Play Store and in the Play Protect options menu.
Once inside we give the settings wheel and deactivate Analyze applications with Play Protecty now
But what is an APK
APK (Android Application Package) files are executable files for Android, just as exe files are for Windows. It is like a compressed package that contains all the necessary data to be installed correctly in the operating system.
What if they give me a XAPK, how do I install it?
It is possible that what you find is an XAPK. As we have said, the APKs are compressed files that contain everything necessary for the installation of the application, but sometimes something more is required, additional data that perhaps we cannot download from our device and this is packaged in an XAPK that usually contains an APK and an OBB with the necessary data to complete the application.
To install XAPK you need an installer application, for example APKPure
Why install an APK
We have already discussed some reasons. I ready them for you:
- Use older versions of applications, or a specific one.
- Using applications that are not on Play Sotre
- Try to repair a smartphone
But there are many more. Everyone has their own needs and is in certain circumstances. So I don't think WHY is the important thing.
How to extract APK files installed on our device
What we want here is to do the opposite. Get apk of applications that you already have installed. We like an application and we want to have a backup copy of it, either because we know that in this version it works stable and we do not know if when they update it will continue to work, or because we see that there are going to be changes that we do not like, or for the reason to be.
There are different applications for this. a simple to use and that it is not necessary to be root or anything is
Keep in mind that these apps usually download the applications but not the accounts, settings or data that you have in them.
With all this we have enough information to get an idea of what APKs are and what we can do with them.