Android is almost everywhere. Seven of ten smartphone that you will find on a typical street run on android apps, which require constant downloading and updating. The majority of users though are accustomed to using Google Play Store to access these applications, and a lack an account makes the story much longer than it should be.
Putting aside the fact that downloading a file from an app store is safe and secure, there are alternatives to that direction which make it much easier and faster to get your desired app and install it on your mobile device.
Like any other operating system, Android has a file format in which it accepts its software to run. An APK file is the file format used for installing software on the Android operating system.
So, if you wish to download an application but have no access to the Play Store, go ahead and look for its APK file.
These files come with some benefits that you may not find in apps on the Store.
For example, if an app is restricted from your region or country, you can opt for its apk file. It will download easily without any limitations. They also allow you to access the latest updates on your already installed applications without delay.
Downloading APK files
The best way to download is from a search engine like Google and Opera. In there, type the application you wish to download such as ‘Whatsapp APK file’, ‘Facebook APK file’, accordingly. Once you get your search results, go ahead and select a suitable site from which to safely get the file.
If your friend has the APK file for the app you want, you can also have him or her send it to you through Bluetooth.
Note that if you are installing an APK file for the first time, you will need to make sure that third-party apps are allowed on your device. Here you go to Phone Settings > Security, and check Unknown Sources to allow your phone to install apps from sources other than the Google Play Store.
Installing the APK file
The process is very easy. Open the file manager, and locate the folder in which your APK file has been stored. By default, if you have downloaded the file from the internet, it will be stored in the Downloads folder. If it was sent via Bluetooth, then check under the Bluetooth folder.
Tap on the folder and you will see the file name listed. Once you select it, a prompt message will display inquiring whether you really want to install the application.
Select install from the button at the bottom of the screen. It will take about a minute to fully install depending on the file size.
Running the application
A new screen will display once the installation process gets done. You can select Open if you wish to run the app there and then, or tap on Done to exit.
The application icon will automatically display on your home menu from where you can run the application whenever you wish.