How to Enable Third Party Apps Installation on Android Phones

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Google Play Store (Formerly Android Market) is the main source for the installation of Android Apps. People are not so techy to bypass this standard procedure and install Android apps developed by 3rd parties on their Android Phones manually. People do have security concerns as well about the application security or phone data security while considering the installtion of apps downloaded from 3rd party apps stores or directly from Android App Developer’s website. Many beta or private apps require you to download and install the apps manually on Devices for testing.

Here is a small step-by-step tutorial about “how you can install a third party app on your Android OS based phone/device”. By performing below mentioned steps you will be able to install a third party Android App in form of downloaded APK file on your device or SD memory card.

How to Enable Third Party Apps Installation on Android Phones

One should perform these steps to enable third party apps installation on the Android phone/ device with APK file (already downloaded on SD memory Card of Phone/Device):

For Android OS version 2.3 and earlier:

unknown-sourcesStep 1 – Go to Settings.
Step 2 – Go to Applications.
Step 3 – Tap and check “Unknown sources” box.
Step 4 – Tap ‘OK” when it show the warning.
Thats how you can enable the installation of APK files on your phone manually.

For Android OS version 4.0+:

Step 1 – Go to Settings.
Step 2 – Go to Security.
Step 3 – Scroll down and check “Unknown sources” box.
Step 4 – Tap ‘OK” when it show the warning.
All Done, Now you can install 3rd party Apps through APK files on your device with Android 4.0+ OS.

Muhammad Bilal

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