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What is an APK file and how can you install it on your smartphone

While searching for mobile apps, especially apps for Android OS you might have seen some websites providing their applications in form of an APK file. They tell you to download that APK file and install it on the mobile device. Many mobile users don’t even know what is an APK file, and they don’t even know how to install APK file on android devices. “APK” stands for Android Package Kit and these files are used to install the android apps which are not available on Playstore.

APK files are also used for the beta releases for testing purpose before the apps go online for users; APK files are available for different users to test the files on their android Smartphone. APK file has another very interesting use, for example if you want to install an app which is recently updated with new features and have a bit larger size then its previous version; and you don’t want to get those updated features and also have small memory to install the app then you can use the older version of App. This older version of that specific app will not be available on Playstore; you have to search for the old APK file of that specific app. Through that APK file you will be able to install the older version of the required app.

How to Install APK File:

You can find APK files on many websites online which are totally free, but you should be very careful while installing an APK file. You should install all the applications from playstore unless you have a good knowledge about APK files. If you don’t want to use the official app store then you can download the APK file but make it sure that the site from where you are downloading the APK file is a safe and trusted website. These files might contain malware which may be harmful for your Smartphone so it is good to read the user’s reviews and check the ratings of that app before you download it on your computer. Rootapks.net is relatively good website from where you can find different APK files of different applications so you can download your favorite apps from this website but again you should be careful for each and every app.

After you downloaded the app file on your mobile device, you have to give access to your mobile to install apps from unknown sources. You can check this option in settings and after that you have to open the file from file manager and it will install the application on your mobile device.


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Faran Akhtar is a Computer System Engineer and he loves to write on technology, especially mobiles and laptops. He can help in providing useful tips to fix your mobiles with simple tricks. He is owner and regular writer at MobileFun.pk

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