An APK is short for android package kit. It is a geek term for what we know as apps or android applications. They essentially perform some task and are made by developers who code them to breathe life in them. The most popular marketplace where these apps are exhibited is called the Google play store. In this article we dive deep into what exactly is an apk and what is the procedure to install it.
What is an APK file?
Pretty much like a software does some job for a Pc/MAC, where the software has .exe file which is an extension for executable file. Similarly, in Android smartphones we have .apk files which is a application that runs only in android ecosystem.
Why is there a need to install an apk file?
An apk is essentially the reason why you own an android smartphone. Every apk has some or the other function and they are coded in a way that they do their job flawlessly.
If you want to shop through your phone, you will have to install apk for Amazon, if you need an app for watching movies then you will have to install the netflix apk. For you to make the most out of your smartphone, you will have to install an apk that does the job.
In most cases the apps are downloaded from the play store and the system is made in such a way that your phone will receive OTA(on the air) updates to keep the app running in a healthy condition.
How do I install an apk file from my computer?
Ideally it is always recommended to download the apps from the google play store, but in many cases the apps are not available because they either violate the protocols of google play store or have been banned due to various issues.
By default, your phone will not allow any installation of app, if it is downloaded from an untrusted source. To be able to run such apps head to Menu>Settings>Security> Enable the option of “Untrusted source”, post this you won’t have any trouble in downloading an apk file from 3rd party sources and run it.
Once you have the option turned On then simply search for the app that you wish to download. You have to add the word apk behind the name of the app to be able to find the most relevant websites. There are high chances that you fill find an apk on either apkmirror or apkadvisor.
You need to connect your phone to the PC which will allow you to see the folder of your phone. Once inside, you can either make a folder or simply copy paste the apk file, just remember the location. When you are done, disconnect the phone and find the apk in your phone. One tap on the apk file and you will get option to install it or delete it. Hit install and you are done!
How to install an apk in your phone?
You can install an apk file from your phone if the apk has been downloaded from the browser of your phone, just head to the download section of your phone and search for the apk file. Tap on it to find the install option. If your untrusted source option is turned ON then you will have no problem in installing the app.
The simplest way is to check for the app on google play store and install it from there.
We always recommend you to install apps from either google play store or any website that has verified apps. There are many websites that offer apps but they may contain virus harmful for your smartphone.
Always make sure you have enough memory in your smartphone before installing an app because chances are you might clog your phone, which leads the phone to run slowly.
We hope you are now aware about what an apk is, ways to install it from a PC or a smartphone including things like from some necessary conditions to see.