Android basics: How to install an APK

Picture showing ES File ExplorerI got a question the other day about how to install an APK on an Android phone, so I thought I might as well write a piece about it if it helps any one else.

To start off with you need to get a program for your Android phone, either an APK installer or a file explorer program. Both kinds are available free from the Android market.

Personally I use ES File Explorer when installing APK’s. As I also have use of it browsing the SD card and checking output from my apps.

The installation steps

Here’s the steps you need to follow to install an APK on your Android phone

Picture showing the Android Settings screen Picture showing how to allow non market apps

1. Press Menu and enter the Settings

2. Press Applications (see picture above)

3. Enable installation of non-market applications (see picture above)

4. Exit the Settings

5. If you haven’t got the APK file on your SD card already, then connect the phone to your computer, set the it to disc mode and copy the APK to your phone

6. Start your selected file explorer(like ES Explorer for example), find the APK file on the SD card and tap it, that will install it on your phone.

6. If you choose to download an APK installer instead, then open it and browse to your APK file and choose to install it.

Now you should be all done, and able to see the installed application together with your other apps under All programs.

How to install an APK
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5 thoughts on “How to install an APK

  • February 22, 2011 at 11:15

    I couldn’t install this APK a friend gave me, so thanks for sharing this how to guide so I could install it 🙂

  • October 28, 2011 at 03:36

    It is actually easy to install APK on Android whether you have download it directly from Android Market or from a third party like SD cards.

    • October 28, 2011 at 13:41

      Yes it is, almost as easy as spamming blogs!

      Removed all your links as they were trying to peddle your goods.

  • March 14, 2016 at 11:02

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on apk. Regards


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