No matter there are thousands of apps available on the Play Store, but there are times when you want to install apps not found in the PlayStore. In such case, a wonderful technique called sideloading may prove helpful. Here in this post, we’ll guide you on how to install apps in the Play Store using the technique. Let’s get started:
Install apps not found in the PlayStore using sideloading
What is sideloading?
Sideloading is the process of typically transferring a file to a mobile device via USB cable, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or other media.
In Android, the term refers to downloading the .apk file from a different source (other than Google Play) and then installing it on your Android device. This technique comes handy to download apps, which are not found on Google Play.
Advantages of sideloading
- You can reinstall the app anytime later if choose to uninstall it. No data charges applied
- No geographical restriction to install the app
- No mobile data charges for app installation
- You can even install the apps not found on the Play Store
Install apps using sideloading
Step 1. When you attempt to sideload apps for the first time, you’ll see an error message like this:
So, first of all, you’ll need to allow, third party installation on your device. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to Settings menu
- Tap Security
- Scroll down until you find Unknown sources option
- Now a warning message will appear on-screen. Just ignore it and select OK
Step 2. Once you’ve granted access to install third-party apps on your device, go back to the setup file (.apk) and begin the installation process
Step 3. Within few seconds the app will be installed on your device. Now you can launch the app and start using it.
That’s it! Our complete guide on how to install apps not found in the PlayStore using sideloading ends here. Stay tuned for more updates.