APK Files: Permissions and Installation

What is an APK file?
An Android Package Kit (APK for short) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps. (Nicholas Montegriffo, Android Pit)

As some apps are restricted to regions outside of one’s own, an APK file can be used to obtain that particular app.

In order to be able to install APK files on your device, you must first make sure that third-party apps are allowed on your device.

1. Go to Settings and locate the Security option

2. Check the Unknown sources box
This will allow apps from places other than the Play Store to be installed on your device.

Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to install the file.

To find the app you’re looking for (for instance, the Idol Champ app which we will use as an example in this case,) type “(App name) APK” into Google, from your device.

Here, we have chosen to use the site apkpure to download our file.
The download button is readily available and all we have to do is click Download.

You will see this pop-up. Click OK and the file should begin downloading immediately.

Open it.

Click Install

Once the app has been installed, it is ready for you to use (to vote!)

Questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to head over to the forum and we will be happy to assist you.