Many people may not know, how we can install APK files in our android mobile. Normally we are installing applications from the Play Store, where we need to search the application and click the Install button. The rest will be automatically done. But in some case, we need to install some application which is not available in the Play store.
Here, we are installing that via APK file, which is the installation file for android, which is the same as the EXE file in the Windows Computer. The following are the steps that are done to enable the Installation of APK file on your mobile; by default, the APK installation is blocked in the Mobile.
Please note, installing an APK file does not harm your Mobile, or it will not cause any issue. But do install only trusted APK files, because there are so many spams and hack APK files available on the internet, so please identify the one you trust and install that only.
Even in case if you need to install updated WhatsApp on your Mobile before you get the update via play store, you can check this article explaining how you can install WhatsApp APK file and to understand whether it is safe to do so.
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Step 1: Go to Setting, and from there, select the Security option.
Step 2: In the security option, you can see an option called Unknown Sources. By default, this option is disabled (unselected)
Step 3: Select the option to make it active. Then a popup message will come, saying that,
“Your Phone and personal data are more vulnerable to attack by apps from unknown sources. You agree that you are solely responsible for any damage to your phone or loss of data that may happen result from using these apps.”
Ignore the message and select OK
Done, now you can see the option is activated, and you are ready to install any APK file.
Don’t get panic by the above popup message. It is just a precaution that your device is showing. It does not mean that if you install any APK, your phone and data will be lost. Usually, google let users install the application from the Play Store only, which means we can trust those applications because google is monitoring those applications.
But if we are installing APK files from outside, Google is not able to identify any suspicious activity in that app. Hence they are warning us that they are not responsible for any damage and loss.
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We need to identify a trusted APK file only. If so, no problem with your phone.
Fine, now you can install the APK file, download or copy APK file on your mobile and click on that, it will ask you for permission to install. Click on the Install button. That’s it.