What Is Sideloading?

The official and recommended way to install applications (aka apps or apk’s) on your Android device is still by using the Google Play Store. However, there will be times when you want to install an app from outside of the Play Store. Maybe you want a version of an app that is no longer available via the Play Store. Perhaps you’re installing an app directly from a website or using an alternative Android app market (i.e. Simply Kodi, Aptoide, APK Mirror, etc). Luckily, this can easily be done by a process refereed to as “sideloading”. “Sideloading” is “geekspeak” terminology for installing non-Play Store apps on any Android phone, tablet, or other device by bypassing the usual app store and installing an app via an APK file, where APK stands for Android Package Kit (APK is the standard file format used by Android for installing apps).

Be Careful! (Warning)

Sideloading apps has potential security issues. That’s why Google asks users to always install from the Play Store if possible. Installing through the Play Store allows Google to work behind the scenes with the Google Play Protect security system to filter out malicious apps that can harm your device and steal your data before they are installed. However, the choice is yours. Google gives you the freedom to install whatever apps you want. Just remember, when you bypass the security system and install from other sources, you will get no such protection. So make sure that you’re only sideloading apps from trusted sources.


How Enable Sideloading in Android 8.0 and Above

First, go into settings (drag your finger down from the top of the screen on tablets or phones and tap the gear icon to access the Settings menu.)

Next, tap Apps & Notifications, then expand the Advanced dropdown menu.

Choose Special App Access, then “Install Unknown Apps” from the very bottom of this menu.

Select the app you’d like to allow sideloading from, then toggle the switch to enable the feature.

Now you’re done.


 

How to Enabling Slideloading on Android 7.0 and Below

First, go into settings (drag your finger down from the top of the screen on tablets or phones and tap the gear icon to access the Settings menu.)

Next, scroll down and tap on Security.

Finally, scroll down this page until you see “Unknown Sources.” Then toggle the switch on.

Now you’re done.


Now that you have set your permissions, you’re ready to sideload your apps. Just find the APK and download it to your device.

Chrome will usually offer a warning letting you know that this type of file can be harmful, just tap OK to accept that and start the download.

Apk file will start downloading.

After the apk download is complete tap open

* If you don’t have the option to open the apk at the bottom, you can also slide your finger down from the top of the screen on Android phones and tablets and tap open.

A popup will show up asking if you’d like to install it. Tap install.

After it finishes open the app and enjoy!