How to install Non-Market applications on Android

A very common problem faced by Android users is how to install applications on your Android phone which either are not available in Android Market or just that your Android Device does not have the Android Market installed on it.

Just follow the steps below to get your favorite non-market app directly on your Android:

  1. Go to the ‘Settings‘ page
  2. Click on ‘Applications’ tab
  3. Search the option ‘Unknown Sources‘ allowing you to install non-Market applications and enable the checkbox
  4. Accept the warning which states the vulnerability of apps from unknown sources (Just make sure you install trusted applications only)
  5. Finally, all you need to do is just copy the package file (.apk) of the application you want to install to any location of your memory card and launch the setup using a file browser. (File browsers are freely available and are needed to access the files on your device’s memory)

    Allowing App installation from unknown sources

    Allowing App installation on Android Device from unknown sources

NOTE: Some Network Carriers might disable the option to allow non-market applications for security reasons. Please consult with your operator in order to get more details regarding the same.

Author: Panshul Srivastava
42Gears Mobility Systems

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