Google Play Store is the most important place we download and install apps on our Android powered devices. It is however not the only one. There are many third-party resources we can also download Android apps, in .apk file format. Many Android phone makers also allow users to download apps from their own store, such as Xiaomi, Huawei, Samsung, just to name a few. Your Android device may prevent App installations from unknown sources other than Google Play Store. For example, when you try to install an Android APK file, you will get a safety warning or ask you to enable app installation from unknown sources on the phone first.
LG devices have the same restrictions on their devices which prevents users to install Apps or Games from Unknown Sources. Today, we will use an Android powered phone in the demo to show you how to install an APK not downloaded from the Google Play Store on your LG or other Android phones.
Enable app installation from Unknown Sources on LG
Unlock your LG phone if its screen was locked. Open Settings, go to Security, touch the toggle next to Unknown source. A security warning appears on your phone screen. Tap on Allow button to confirm you are aware of the potential risk and all installation of apps from sources other than Google Play store on your LG mobile phone.
Now you can go to install APK files saved on your Android device’s storage.
If you are on a different Android version or use other Android phones, you may find this setting is renamed or located differently.
Install Android apps from computer
Note that if you want to install Android apps on the phone from a computer, you need to enable Developer options and USB debugging on the phone as well.