[Tip] Install Apps Offline (Sideload) in Google Android Devices Without Internet Connection and Play Store
Yesterday I faced an interesting problem with one of my tablets which resulted in creation of this topic. It was a low cost tablet manufactured by Micromax company and the model number was Micromax Pro P500. This tablet doesn't come with any SIM card slot so 3G Internet connectivity is not possible. You can only access Internet using its Wi-Fi feature.
The tablet was working fine since long time but yesterday its Wi-Fi feature stopped working. The Wi-Fi status stuck at Off and it was not turning On. I tried with a hard reset (restore to factory settings) but it didn't help. I also tried to reinstall its original firmware using LiveSuit tool but it also didn't work. It looked like some kind of hardware issue in the tablet.
Now I can't connect to Internet on this tablet. Since there is no Internet connectivity, I can't download and install apps, games, etc using Google Play Store.
That's why I decided to post this topic. Imagine following situations:
- You have a Google Android device but you don't have Internet connectivity
- You have Internet connectivity but you don't have Google Play Store in your device
- You have Google Play Store but you don't have a Google account to sign in
- Your desired app is not compatible with your Android device
- Your desired app has been removed from Google Play Store
- You can't download your desired app due to any other reason
In any of the above mentioned situations, you won't be able to download and install apps in your Google Android device whether its a mobile phone or tablet. It might be possible that you purchased an Android mobile or tablet which didn't contain Google Play Store (e.g. Nokia X) or it might be also possible that you don't have a Gmail account and you don't want to create a new Google account to sign into Play Store.
Now the question comes how would you install apps in your Android device if you don't have Play Store or Google account or Internet connection in your device? The answer is using Sideloading feature.
Sideload an application means offline installation of the app without using Google Play Store in your Android device. In this way you won't need Google Play Store, Google account and Internet connection in your Android device.
With the help of sideloading feature, you can directly install any desired app in your Android mobile phone or tablet just like you install a software in your Windows PC.
That's what I did with my Micromax tablet. I downloaded all desired apps and installed them in my tablet using sideload feature.
If you also want to learn this method to install apps offline in your Android device, just check out following simple steps:
STEP 1: Download Apps from Internet
First of all you'll need the .APK file of your desired Android app. Actually all Android apps come in form of a .APK file (Android Package file). When you install an app using Play Store, your Android device automatically downloads and installs its .APK file.
Since you don't want to download apps using Play Store, you'll need to download the .APK file of your desired app from Internet.
If you can access Internet in your Android device, then you can download the .APK files using a web browser. If you can't access Internet in your device, then you'll need to download the .APK files using a computer with Internet connection.
There are many websites offering .APK files of free apps for download. You just need to search for "App name APK file" on Google and you'll get several websites containing the .APK file of your app. For example if you want to download Angry Birds game's .APK file, just search for "Angry Birds APK file" and you'll get many download links.
Also there are a few websites which allow you to paste the Android app's official web URL taken from Google Play store and they'll automatically generate a direct download link of its .APK file. Just search on Google for APK downloader and you'll get them.
STEP 2: Copy .APK File to SD Card of Android Device
Once you grab the .APK files of your desired apps, its time to copy those .APK files to SD card (memory card) of your Android mobile or tablet.
You can either attach the SD card to your computer using a card holder and copy .APK files to it or you can connect your Android device to your computer using data cable and then copy .APK files to its drives using My Computer window.
STEP 3: Enable "Apps Installation from Unknown Sources" Option
By default your Android device doesn't allow sideloading feature which means you can't install apps from your SD card but you can enable this feature with the help of following easy steps:
1. Open Settings page in your Android device and go to Security settings.
2. Now look for "Unknown Sources" option which contains following information:
Allow installation of apps from sources other than the Play Store
Allow installation of apps from unknown sources
The option is not enabled by default, just tap on it to enable the option. It'll ask for confirmation, accept it.
You may also want to disable "Verify Apps" option which disallows or warns you when you try to install apps from unknown sources.
After changing options, exit from Settings page.
STEP 4: Run .APK File Using File Manager
That's the final step. Now you can install the apps directly using the built-in File Manager app in your Android device.
Just look for File Manager, My Files or similar apps in your Android device and then navigate to SD card and tap on the downloaded .APK file.
It'll ask for confirmation, tap on Install button and it'll start the installation process.
It'll take a few seconds and your desired app will be installed in your Android mobile phone or tablet without need of Google Play Store and Internet connection.
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This method also helps when you have more than one Google Android mobile phone or tablet and want to install same apps and games in those devices. With the help of this method, you just need to download those apps only once and then you can install them in multiple devices without any need of downloading them again and again in all devices. It'll save your time and money.
That's it guys. Make sure you download the .APK files from reliable websites and never try to download paid app's .APK file, it might contain viruses.
Posted in: Gadgets & Internet
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