Google Play Store (previously Android Market) is a digital distribution service operated and developed by Google. It serves as the official app store for the Android operating system, allowing users to browse and download applications developed with the Android software development kit (SDK) and published through Google. Google Play also serves as a digital media store, offering music, magazines, books, movies, and television programs. It is the prime source for anyone who wants to download an app on their Android Smartphone.
But many Android smartphone users are not aware of the fact that they can download apps from other sources and install them on your android device. This process is called sideloading of apps. Until the release of Android Oreo, users were allowed to download apk files of the required apps and sideload them in their devices without any hiccups. To sideload an app, one just needed to go to “Settings”, then tap on “Security” and allow installation of apps from unknown sources. With the Android Oreo, this feature has been replaced with something that lets you control which app (browsers, file managers, etc.) gets access to the installation of unknown APKs and which do not.
If you are wondering the reason behind such a move by Google, the reason is to safeguard customer’s privacy and data. Websites or apps that let you download apk files have become a potential breeding ground for malware.
If you are someone who is wondering how to sideload apk files on his/her Android Oreo device, do not panic as in this guide, I will help you sideload apps on your Android Oreo devices.
How to Sideload APK files on Android Oreo
These are the steps to sideload APK files on your Android Oreo devices:
- Open your file manager from the app drawer and navigate to the location where your downloaded apk file is stored.
- Tap on the APK file which you want to Install.
- Now, a pop-up window will appear displaying options to enable external sources.
- From the ‘Install other apps’, menu tap on the app you want to enable access.
- Tap on the switch next to ‘trust app from this source‘ or ‘Allow from this source‘.
- Your sideloading/installing will proceed now!
That’s it. You are done with installing apps via APK files on your Android Oreo device.
Congratulations. You can now sideload apps on your Android Oreo device. I hope this article works the way it is intended to be. Let us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.