How to sideload Android APKs from Google Play

Google_android_logoYou might have experienced an issue where a link to an app is no longer available in the country you live in or are visiting. You will need to be sure that the app does indeed work on your compatible Android device.

Before you can download the Android app, you will need to check ‘Unknown sources’. Go to Settings > Security > Unknown Sources – Click ‘OK’ on the warning message. This allows installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store, but also allows you to side load packages (APKs) from the Play Store in the event the link is unavailable.

Next, you can now download the APK from Google. Use the following service on your PC: apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader

  • Insert the name (using format ‘com.appname.device’) or
  • Use the Google Play URL link
  • Click > Generate Download Link
  • APK will be downloaded to your PC
  • Copy the APK to your Android device SD card*
  • Tap the APK file to run it to install the app
  • Remember to uncheck ‘Unknown sources’ when finished

*If transferring files from your PC to your Android device using USB you should use ADB – adb push /path/to/local/file /mnt/sdcard/path/to/file

Useful tip: Don’t ‘Update All’ by default your Android apps on your device. You should manually update each new update for privacy violation and/or to avoid app specific install or runtime problems.

Safe surfing folks!

Julian

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