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This guide will show you how to install APK on Android without using the Google Play Store.
There are thousands of Android applications available that aren’t available for install through Google’s app store. We can “side-load” those onto our devices very easily by simply using an Internet browser and a file manager.
This tutorial is meant for those of you running some form of Android on your TV box, phone, or tablet. If you’re using a Fire TV/Stick, NVIDIA SHIELD, or any device running the official Android TV OS, you can use our Downloader app to complete this process.
We have provided both a video tutorial and screenshot guide for your convenience below.
You will find more details in the video than the screenshot guide so we suggest that you start with that first.
Prior to venturing down this path, its important to understand that these applications haven’t been vetted by a trusted source.
This is why we suggest always using a VPN when using these apps that haven’t been approved by a reputable organization such as Google, Amazon, etc.
A VPN will encrypt your connection to the Internet when using these various APKs. This will prevent the app developer and your Internet Service Provider from logging what you are accessing through the application.
Unfortunately, your app data could be sold, or handed over when requested by authoritative organizations.
How To Install APK On Android
Links Mentioned In Video
Suggested Free Android File Managers/Explorers
These are both available for free download through Google Play Store.
Note: The video tutorial above provides important details not explained in the screenshot guide below.
In this example, we’re installing the popular Streams For Us IPTV application.
1 Go into Settings on your Android device and click the Security tab.
2 If using Android 7 and earlier, there will be one toggle for Unknown sources, turn it on. For those on Android 8 and higher, click the Unknown sources button.
3 Turn on Unknown sources for the app that you will be using to install the APK with.
4 Go back to home screen of your Android device and launch your browser. We suggest using Chrome browser.
5 Navigate to the page on the Internet that provides a download link for the APK that you would like to install. Click the link.
6 If you receive a storage access message, click Continue.
7 Click Allow when asked for your browser (Chrome) to access your files. This needs to be done because it needs permission to download the APK to your Android system.
8 You may see a warning “This type of file can harm your device.” Click OK.
9 If you don’t have a download link to click, you may have a shortcut that you can enter. This TROYPOINT tutorial provides both.
10 Type the shortcut into your browser’s address bar and then click the enter button on the keyboard.
11 The file will download just like it did when clicking the download link.
12 Go back to home screen and launch your FileBrowser or File Explorer. If you don’t have one, refer to the links above under the video.
13 Go into the Download folder of your device. This is where files are downloaded automatically on Android devices.
14 You will now see both APKs that we downloaded earlier. Click one.
15 If you see the message “For your security, your phone is not allowed to install unknown apps from this source.” Click the Settings button.
16 “Complete action using Install unknown apps – click Always.
17 Turn on “Allow from this source”.
18 Click Install button.
19 Click Open.
20 The application has loaded successfully.
TROYPOINT suggests also deleting the APK installation file when finished installing and that process is covered in the video above.
Warning! Protect Yourself With A VPN
Most cord-cutters use a VPN and rightfully so.
The free streaming applications, addons, and paid IPTV services that you use are usually hosted on insecure servers.
Without a VPN, your IP Address is being logged.
Your IP Address points back to your location and identity which compromises both your privacy and security.
Your current IP Address is 184.108.40.206 – When you use a VPN, your real IP address will be converted into an anonymous new one.
A VPN will provide you with an anonymous connection to the Internet.
This will prevent your Internet Service Provider, app/addon developers, government agencies, and any 3rd party from logging what you’re accessing online.
The most popular VPN among cord-cutters is IPVanish due to their blazing fast speeds and zero log policy.
Its important to use a VPN that is fast since we are streaming large HD files. Its also crucial to find one that keeps no logs of what their subscribers access while online.
Setting up IPVanish VPN on your streaming device is simple!
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Step 2 – Hover over the search icon on your Firestick, Fire TV, or Fire TV Cube and type in “Ipvanish”
You may also find the IPVanish App in the Google Play Store for those of you who are using Android TV Boxes, phones, and tablets.
Step 3 – Click the IPVanish VPN option that appears.
Step 4 – Click the IPVanish icon under Apps & Games.
Step 5 – Click Download.
Step 6 – Click Open.
Step 7 – Enter your username and password to login. Your username is the email that you used to register for IPVanish service with and your password is automatically generated and emailed to you.
Step 8 – Click Connect button.
Step 9 – Click OK for Connection request if it appears.
Step 10 – You will notice that your IP Address changes along with location of connection. You are now operating anonymously through your device.
Click the Home Button on your remote and the VPN will remain running in the background.
Congratulations! You are now protected by a VPN which means everything that you stream or access through your Firestick or Android TV Box is hidden from the rest of the world.
If you ever need to stop the VPN service, simply re-launch the application and click the DISCONNECT button.