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Tip: How to install Android apps without the Google Play Store

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Do you know that Android apps can be installed on your device without the need to use it Google Play Store;


Το Play Store from Google is always required to install applications on an Android device.

However, did you know that Android apps can be installed on your device? without the need to use the Play Store?  In fact, there are many Android apps that do not appear in Play Store For various reasons.

And there are other alternative stores from which you can proceed with the installation of applications, if you are not happy with Google bloatware in your system. Let's explore your options together from the related article published in xiaomiui.net!


Aurora Store


One way to install Android apps without the Play Store is Aurora Store. The Aurora Store is an informal customer FOSS (free and open source) which is an excellent alternative fthe Google Play Store with nice and elegant design, ability to download, update and search for applications. Works on all devices Android with Android 4.4 and newer version

The Aurora Store has:
  • Free / Libre software - GPLv3 License
  • Beautiful design - The Aurora Store follows the design of Material Design
  • Anonymous accounts - Unlike the Play Store, you do not need to log in to your account, you can log in and download apps to this store with anonymous accounts
  • Personal account login - Paid apps can be installed with your personal account, and your Play Store wishlist can be accessed through your Google Account
  • Exodus integration - Some applications have trackers in their code, the Aurora Store can show you which applications contain them

You can download and install it Aurora Store through the following channels:


Aptoide Store


The Aptoide is another open source Android app store that contains over 700.000 applications in his collection. The design of the application is in line with Google's standards, offering a decent experience with a well-crafted user interface.

While you can use an account in the app, you will not need to use one to download and install apps. It is a very simple application in which you can watch updates, browse and download applications and it is a safe alternative that you can use with peace of mind to install Android apps without its bloatware Play Store.

There are several versions of the Aptoide app store:

  • Smartphone and tablet version
  • Smart TVs and decoders
  • Aptoide VR and Aptoide Kids for children's devices.

You can download and install the Aptoide application through its own official website HERE.


F-Droid Store


The F-Droid is another way to install Android apps without the Play Store and the highlight of this app is that it focuses exclusively on free apps and open source apps, which means that only free apps are available.

It has a huge collection of applications and these applications are well categorized. The F-Droid is quite popular among Android developers, as the applications are open source, which means that the passwords are easily accessible. Ubiquitous Application Developers can review and learn from other application codes to build their own.

His website F-Droid and the application is managed by volunteers, so it relies heavily on donations. You can consider donating if you like a particular app to support Google Play Store alternatives.

Applications do not have a rating system and may not be as stable as those in Play Store, however this is a pretty friendly alternative for developers and if you are one of them, definitely F-Droid is one of the stores you prefer.

You can download and install it F-Droid through the official website of HERE.


APK Hosts


There are many sites like APKMirror , APKPure , APKCombo and so on that store and archive even many apps in the Play Store. And a great addition to these sites that even the Google Play Store does not offer, is access to older versions of applications.

The apps on these sites, of course based on the reputation of the site, are secure and a nice alternative to installing Android apps without the Play Store.


How to install the downloaded applications


To be able to use the applications you download from these sites, you must enable the option Installation from Unknown sources on your Android device.

Enabling this setting may vary depending on your Android version, however one Quick search in the Settings application should find it easily for you. If you are using the latest version of Android, you do not need to look for it in the Settings application.

Click on the APK file you have downloaded and you will be asked to grant it access for installation from unknown sources. This way, you can install downloaded Android apps without any restrictions Play Store. The search APK files Google search is by far one of the best ways to find and install all kinds of Android apps for which you are in the market.

You can also install APK files via the computer with the help of ADB, but this is a somewhat more specialized way and we will deal with it in another article.


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