Installing an app from Android Market on any Android phone is very easy – you just enter the Market, find the app you need and tap “Install” if it’s free or “Buy” if it’s paid – that’s all. But what should you do if you can’t find the app you want in the Market and find it on some third-party website? How should you install it?
The good news is – you can install any compatible app on your Android smart phone (unlike the unlucky iPhone users), and it’s not difficult at all. So if you have found the app of your dreams on some unknown website, follow these steps to install it:
1. Don’t hurry to download the app you’ve found, make sure it’s compatible with your Android phone first. Android apps have .apk extension, other files just won’t work. It’s also a good idea to make sure you’re downloading from a good website and the file is not malicious.
2. If the file is OK, download it to your SD card (You can also install applications on SD card without rooting your Android). Your phone will most likely try to block the installation of the file, since it wasn’t approved by the Android Market.
If this happens, don’t worry and just go to your phone’s Settings. Choose the “Application Settings” and check “Unknown sources” to be able to install non-Market apps.
3. You can now run the app’s installation again. This time your phone won’t block it, so you can install any app you want. Just be careful not to “catch” a virus – it can turn into a serious problem later.
4. It’s also a good idea to uncheck “Unknown sources” in “Application Settings” after installing the app – just in case.
You can find many good third-party apps on different websites, forums and even blogs, but there are many malicious ones, too, so don’t hurry to download and install anything you find – it’s better to download apps from trusted developers only.