What Is An APK File And How To Open It
All Android device users, have at a point come across APK files.
What Is An APK File?
APK or Android Package Kit is an extension for the Android Package files that are used for distributing applications on Android OS from Google.
From Play Store, we usually download the apps without ever noticing the word APK. It is because Android takes care of the process of app installation in the background. If you know how to install the apps manually, there are a lot of websites that offer APK files for download.
However, you must always be careful about downloading these files because just like .exe files, malware can easily be distributed in APK files as well.
How To Install An APK file?
- Go to the settings, and navigate to the security option > Select the option of unknown sources to allow the installation of those apps that are not from the Play Store > Select and check the box but verify apps options to warn you if you are about to install a harmful APK file. With this option, you will only access healthy APK files for downloading.
- Find and download an APK file. Open the browser and find the APK file you want to download. Click on the file to start the download. After the download is completed, click open to start the installation.
Its important to make sure before installing any APK that you are certain it will not harm your device. Otherwise you could end up infecting your device with malware.