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APK files are quite common these days. Whether to stay ahead with the latest updates of the apps prior to their release in the Play Store or to check out builds of latest Android OS before they are made available to the public, APK files are among the most sought out by Android users.

APK (Android Application Package) files are those which are compatible to be installed and used on devices that run on Android OS. No matter which version of Android the device is running, it is essential for an app to have an extension of .apk to be able to run on that device.

There are usually two ways that you can download and install the apps from an APK file. But before starting to download, it is better that you choose only those sites which are known to be genuine regarding APK files because there are a pretty good number of websites which will offer you malicious viruses along with the APK file which ends up corrupting your device. You don’t want that to happen to your device, do you? So, make a check before you attempt to download any app or game from an APK file. APK Mirror and the XDA developers sites offer are considered to be safe when it comes to APK files.

So when you find the APK file you wish to download and are all set, you need to do just one more thing. Go to Settings -> Security -> and enable the “Unknown sources” option as this allows your phone to download apps from sources other than Google Play. Then you could choose between the options of downloading the APK file from a computer and then installing in your Android or directly downloading it on your Android device.

How to download .apk file and install the app directly on an Android device:

Open Google Chrome on your Android and go to the page of the website where the link to download the APK file is given. Click on the link and you should be ale to see the progress of the download that is happening on your device. Once the download is complete, head over to the downloads section and tap on the .apk file and when prompted to select yes or no to install the app, tap on “Yes” and the app will start installing right away.

How to download .apk file on computer and install the app on an Android device :

Download the file directly from the source website in to your desired folder on your computer. Connect your Android to your computer with a compatible USB cable and when you are asked if you want to enable USB charging on your device or just connect the Android as Media device, select Media device. Then copy the .apk file from your computer and drop it in any folder of your choice (that you could easily locate later) on the Android device.

Now disconnect the Android from the computer and go to My Files on your Android. Find the .apk file from where you have copied it to, tap it open and tap on Install and the app will start installing itself.

Which way do you often use to download APK files onto your Android device?

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