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APK File on Android

Opening an Android app on your Android device just requires that you download it like you would any file, and then open it when asked. However, APK files installed outside the Google Play store might not install right away because of a security block put into place.

To bypass this download restriction and install APK files from unknown sources, navigate to one of these menus, depending on your Android version:

  • Settings Apps Special app access Install unknown apps
  • Settings > Apps & notifications Advanced Special app access > Install unknown apps
  • Settings Apps and notifications
  • Settings > Security

Depending on your device, you might need to give a specific app, such as Chrome, permission to install unofficial APK files. Or, if you see it, enable Install Unknown Apps or Unknown sources.