The .apk format, short for Android Package, is used by Android applications. When we install an app from the Play Store, it downloads the apk file and installs it. But what if you have an apk file and want to install it manually? Installing the apk file is very easy and does not require root rights.

How to install apk on android?

  1. Download the apk file.
  2. Using the file manager, click on the apk file.
  3. If the system asks, give the file manager permission to install apk files.
  4. Click on install and wait.
  5. Check your installed application.

Simple and easy. If you need visual help, watch the following video:

Help

If installation fails:

Sometimes you will see “error parsing package” or “failed to install”. This usually happens for the following reasons:

  • If the app is already installed: When you already have the same app installed, you may need to uninstall it before installing it again. Sometimes the app already comes with your phone/firmware.
  • The apk file only works on old/new android versions.
  • You may be installing a 64-bit app on a phone with a 32-bit processor (less likely).

Is it safe to install apk files?

As long as the .apk file comes from a trusted source, installing apk files is safe.

How to delete an apk file?

There is no difference between an app installed through the Play Store or manually installed with an .apk file. Apps can be uninstalled just like any other Android app.

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