If you are using Google Apps Store to download and install apps on your device, it automatically installs them on your device. You don’t have to do anything. Just tap on the install button on the apps page, and that app will get automatically downloaded & installed. But what if you want to install external games and apps on your device?

Well, you can Install External Apps on Android using PC commands. Or you can follow the tutorial explained below to learn How to Install Apps manually.

How to Install External Apps & Games On Android Smartphones

1. First, open your device’s system setting and go to the “security” menu.

2. You will see their device administrator option; below that, you will find the unknown source.

3. Check the box, and now you will be able to install any external APK files to your device.

Install APK files using Dropbox:

Dropbox is the best cloud file storage service; we can store all types of files on it. All you have to do is download files to your computer or smartphone and move it to a dropbox folder. After sys, open that APK file from your Dropbox folder. It will automatically get installed as regular installs.

Install using APK Installer Android Apps:

You may use the APK installer app from Google Play Store. You can search for APK installer, and you will find many APK file installer apps. A few examples are APK Manager or Clean master etc..

Install APK using commands:

if you want to install APK files from your computer, you can use the command prompt and the android SDK tool.

You need to enable USB debugging on the phone itself (by starting the Settings application and selecting Applications > Development > USB Debugging), install the Android USB device driver if you haven’t already (Windows only), and then plug the phone into your computer using the USB cable that came with the phone.

Install APK file from File Manager:

You can use Astro File Manager to install a non-google play store app on your device. It has an App manager that will install that file on your device.

Here we have listed methods to Install External Apps on Android, do let us know if you are facing any issues in installing apps on your smartphones.


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