How to install Apk files manually on your Android Phone

Hello friends. I hope you’re fine.In our inaugural post, we will go, back to basics and learn how to install non-market applications on your Android device. 

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If you own a Android phone or Tablet, you must’ve installed atleast one application from the Android Market a.k.a Google Play. The process is quite easy. Isn’t? First open the Play Store, search for your desired application, top on it, and at last tap on Install, in case of a free app, or tap Buy, in case of a paid app.
Although the Google Play Store offers thousands upon thousands of applications to choose from, 
sometimes you’ll want to break free and install applications that aren’t available on the Market. So now, I’ll show you how to install non-market applications.
 
Android applications are packaged in .apk files. Apk stands for Android application package file . If you have a web page that links to the .apk you can download and install it (you can also install a .apk file from your sdcard or your phone’s memory  by browsing to and tapping on it using a file manager). 
 

Android by default blocks manual installation of applications

Your Android phone is, by default, set to disallow any applications that aren’t from the Android Market. It is a very good feature to protect your phone and your data from unwanted external access and from those applications that could modift your data, acting more like a virus.None the less there are times where you might want to install third-party apps that aren’t sourced through the Market.
 

Disabling manual application blocking

If you attempt to load an APK file, you’ll get an error message like this:
 
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Tap on the Settings button to navigate to the Application settings sub-menu. If you’re trying to get there without an application warning screen prompt, navigate there via
 Menu 
–> Settings –> Applications. There you’ll see a screen that looks like so:
 
 
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On the Application Settings screen you’ll see an item titled “Unknown sources” which allows you to install non-Market applications. If you’re still sure you want to do this, tap the check box.
 
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At this point you’re given one more chance to back out. If you want to continue, read the dialog and tap OK.
You will be now able to install non-Market apps, but the app you wanted to install hasn’t been installed yet. You’ll need to restart the installation process for that application.
Now you can click on that link or navigate to the APK file saved on your SD card and install the application. We recommend that you go back into the Application settings once you’re done installing your non-Market applications and uncheck the Unknown Sources Box — it’s only a few clicks to enable it again in the future when you need it, but it can prevent accidential installation of untrusted applications.
 
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Feel free to ask me anything. Thank you !!
 
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