How to allow install unknown Sources apps in Android?

How to allow install unknown Sources apps in Android?
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17 July 2023

Turning on the “Unknown Sources” option is an option on Android devices that allows users to install apps from sources other than the unofficial Google Play Store. By default, Android devices only allow apps to be installed from the Play Store for security reasons. Enabling the “Unknown Sources” option allows users to install apps from third-party app stores or APK files downloaded directly from the Internet.

Installing apps from unknown sources means bypassing the security measures Google has put in place to verify the security and authenticity of apps on the Play Store. This opens up the possibility of installing apps that have not been rigorously screened by Google, potentially exposing your device to malware or other security risks.

Always use caution when enabling the “Unknown Sources” option. Download and install apps only from trusted sources to minimize the risk of compromising the security of your device. It is also recommended to disable the Unknown Sources option after installing the required applications to maintain a higher level of security on your Android device.

How to allow install unknown Sources apps in Android?

Do you want to download an application that is not available on the Google Play Store? Fortunately, you can download it by enabling “Install Unknown Apps

For old Android versions (4.0, Lollipop 5.0, Marshmallow 6.0, Nougat 7.0)

  • Open Settings on your phone.
  • Go to “Lock screen and security“.(Or Fingerprint & Security, or Security)
  • Find “Unknown Sources“.
  • Get a message, read it, and then click “OK“.unknown sources and download unknown apps
  • Select “Trust“.

For New Android Versions (Oreo, Pie, Android 10, 11, and 12)

1. Open Android Settings and tap Apps and Notifications

2. Select Advanced, or if your device doesn’t have advanced options, tap the three dots in the upper right corner. Select Special Access

3. Tap Install unknown apps, select the app you want to download.

If the above steps don’t work, go to “Settings → Biometrics & Security (or Privacy) → Install unknown apps”. Enable the toggle for the desired application.

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