Every application has an extension. The Android apps comes with .APK extension. If you download the apps from Google play store to phone, you cannot find .APK file as it gets installed on your phone directly. In rare cases, you should install .APK files directly on your phone. You may come across such needs while restoring a backup of your Android apps. In such cases you should install the .APK files manually on the phone. Lets see how to do it.
Install Android APK On Your Phone Manually
To install Android APK files on your phone, you need to follow simple and easy steps mentioned below.
Step 1: First download the APK files on your PC and transfer them to your phone’s SD card else you can directly download the APK file to your phone.
Step 2: To manage the APK files available on your phone, you require a File manager. Download ASTRO File Manager on your phone through Google Play Store. If you are familiar with any other file managers, you can make use of them.
Step 3: You have gathered all the stuff required to install Android APK on your phone manually. But you should permit your phone to accept installations from unknown sources. This can be done by following the below path:
Settings>>Applications>> Check Unknown Sources and ignore the warning by tapping OK.
For Android phones running 4.0+ version follow the below path
Settings>>Security>>Check Unknown Sources and ignore the warning by tapping OK.
Step 4: Launch the Astro File Manager app and choose the SD Card from list of Locations. You can even tap on Scan Local Network to find Android APK files.
Step 5: Approach the location of your APK files through the app and tap on the APK file you wish to install.
Step 6: A popup will be shown and tap the Open App Manager button and tap on install button.
Step 7: The app drives you to the Android app installation screen where you can manage the permissions to the app. Choose your desired settings and tap Install button.
That’s all! Your app will be ready to use.
If you are restoring a backup of list of apps on a new phone, you should follow the same process for each app you install on the phone. If you are not famillar with How to backup Android apps, you can refer the article.