How to Install Non-Market Apps on Your Android (NEWS)

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How to Install Non-Market Apps on Your Android

If you have an Android phone you’ve likely installed at least one app from the Market. It was an easy process: open the Market, find the app you’re looking for, tap it, then tap “Buy” or “Install”.


What if the app isn’t in the Market?

iPhone users are out of luck (unless they JailBreak), but Android users can install any application that’s compatible with their phone, just by installing the .apk.

Android applications are packaged in .apk files (which are similar to Windows Mobile .cab files). If you have a web page that links to the .apk you can tap the link to download and install it (you can also install a .apk from your sdcard by browsing to and tapping on it using a file manager such as AndExplorer).

Since files distributed in this method have not been “blessed” by the keepers of the Market you will be presented with an “Install blocked” dialog box. You can Cancel, or continue by tapping the Settings button.


On the Application Settings screen you’ll see an item titled “Unknown sources” which allows you to install non-Market applications. If you’re still sure you want to do this, tap the checkbox.


At this point you’re given one my chance to back out. If you want to continue, read the dialog and tap OK.

You are now able to install non-Market apps, but the app you wanted to install hasn’t been installed yet. You’ll need to restart the installation process for that app, but it should succeed now.

Now that you can install whatever apps you want to, you might wonder where to get them.

1 Response to "How to Install Non-Market Apps on Your Android (NEWS)"

  1. TUM. Luciano Andrés Chiarotto 17 de junio de 2013, 10:26 a.m.
    Hola Tukero.

    Necesito hacer un app para android en la aplicación google maps.
    El app es de colocar un punto, como se hace en el google earth y poder hacer modificaciones sobre ese punto.
    Vos, me podes recomendar en que lenguaje de programación puedo desarrollar esta aplicación.
    Desde ya muchas gracias

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