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How to Enable Installing Third Party Apps in Android Phones

Many of the Android users prefer installing apps only from the Android Market, now known as the Google Play Store. They try not to go through the process of download and installing APK files manually. bviously, there are a few security concerns as well, but many beta or private apps require you to download and install the apps manually.

We have covered a small step-by-step tutorial on how you can install a third-party app on your Android phone. Let’s say, this is more like the prerequisite that you need to perform when install a third party APK file.

How to Enable Installing Third Party Apps in Android Phones

Follow these easy steps to enable installing third party apps in your Android phone from a APK file:

For Android 2.3 and earlier:

Step 1 – Go to Settings.

Step 2 – Go to Applications.

Step 3 – Tap and check “Unknown sources” box.

Step 4 – Tap ‘OK” on the warning.

That’s it! Now you have enabled your phone to manually install APK files. For Android 4.0+, see below:

For Android 4.0+:

Step 1 – Go to Settings.

Step 2 – Go to Security.

Step 3 – Scroll down and check “Unknown sources” box.

Step 4 – Tap ‘OK” on the warning.

If you also want to read on how to install the APK files manually, see here: How to Install Android APK on Your Phone Manually

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Haris Nadeem

He lives on everything Android; has countless devices, apps and games to play with everyday. Currently serving as the Chief Editor at Team Android.