There are so many applications on the Internet for the android operating system and you will never know all of them. There are also many applications of dubious quality that do not deserve any recognition. To install an app is simple and easy, as it requires only a few taps on your smartphone screen. However, you are not always able to access the Internet with a phone which prevents you from installing apps on Google play store as it requires a connection.
However, Google Play store does not contain all the apps. For my particular use, I have to resort to installing APK files directly as my favorite program for movie streaming as ShowBox App is not found on Google Play store and needs to be installed independently.
- How to install APK files
If your smartphone already has a file manager, you can use it to install APK files directly on your phone, and this does not need the Internet. If it does not, you can easily install a good file manager on Google Play Store. ES File Explorer is a very good file manager, much superior to the default android one.
Before you can install an APK, you need to go to settings and disable “install from trusted sources” and also have a rooted phone. There are many tutorials online that we show you how to root your phone, and there should be one regardless of model you have. With a rooted phone, a whole world of possibilities opens in front of you. You can now install applications that are not found in Google Play Store. You can even install cracked premium apps without paying for them.
Bear in mind, though, that depending from which company you bought your smartphone, rooting your device will void your warranty. Most companies frown upon rooting devices, as many times users end up bricking their phones. This is something to keep in mind and you bear full responsibility if anything happens. However, rooting is relatively safe if done correctly. I suggest you follow the instructions religiously for your particular model to avoid any problems.
- Method 1:
Simply connect your smartphone to your computer with your USB cable. Your smartphone should appear on your computer. Then download the APK file directly on your computer. Once it has downloaded, drag and drop the fire on your smartphone icon. It will now be copied to it. Now open your file manager in your smartphone and locate the APK file. Tap on it to open and it will automatically install. (I had to use this method once, and my smartphone’s wifi antenna got busted and refused to connect to the Internet)
- Method 2:
This method is much faster. Given that you have a rooted phone, simply download the APK file and open it on your smartphone itself. Once you found the file with your file manager, you can open it and it will ask you for superuser access. This is a requirement for all rooted phones. Don’t worry.
So there you have it. You can now install millions of applications for free on your smartphone by simply installing their APK.