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.
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: Continue reading