How to install an APK on your Android device

  1. You can install APK files on your Android smartphone or tablet directly from your browser.
  2. Just open your browser, find the APK file you want to download, and tap it – you should then be able to see it downloading on the top bar of your device.
  3. Once it’s downloaded, open Downloads, tap on the APK file and tap Yes when prompted.
  4. The app will begin installing on your device. Simple.

How to install APK Files from your computer

You don’t need a smartphone to download and install APK files. You can also do this on a desktop PC. Here’s how it works.

First, you must find an APK file you want. Search online for an APK file and download it to an easy-to-find location on your computer (like your desktop).

  1. If you like, you can also download a file manager app so you can easily find files on your Android device. We recommend our favorite file managers in our list of the best file explorers for Android.
  2. Once you’ve downloaded the APK file on your computer, connect your Android device to it.
  3. At this point, you may be asked if you want to charge your phone or connect it as a ‘media device’ Choose Media device (File Transfer in some phones).
  4. Then, find your phone’s folder on your computer. It will be in ‘My Computer’ or ‘Computer’ on Windows (PC).
  5. Copy the APK file into a folder of your choice on your Android smartphone.
  6. You will now be able to search for the file location in the My files folder of your device.
  7. Open the file manager, find the APK file, tap it, then hit Install.

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