If you’re new to Android, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t know what an APK is, yet alone how to install one. Fear not though, as today we’re going to be teaching you all about them.
What’s an APK?
An APK (Android Package Kit) is the universal file format used by the Android operating system for the distribution and installation of mobile applications.
Why would you want to install an APK?
There are plenty of reasons you’d want to install an APK on your device, ranging from skipping the line to get your hands on a new update, to downloading an unreleased application.
Where do I download an APK from?
While APKs can be painlessly installed on your handset via the Play Store, you can also grab ones that aren’t so readily available — discussed above — from third-party sources, like APK Mirror.
Are there any risks associated with downloading an APK?
Yes, there are. When downloading any file from the internet, you don’t know exactly what it contains. That said, APK Mirror is by far the safest place to download an APK.
How do I install an APK?
Before you actually go ahead and download an APK, you’re going to need to enable third-party installations. Fortunately, it’s super easy to do. Here’s how:
- Navigate into Settings
- Select Lock Screen and Security.
- Locate Unknown Sources, then flick the toggle to On.
- Once you’ve read the alert, press OK.
Now all that’s left to do is download an APK. Once it’s downloaded, open the Notification Panel, select the file, then hit the Install button when prompted to.