As popular as Android Os most people still find it difficult to install Android applications on their Android smartphone. Are they new to it or they are used to installing an app from Google Play? Either way, this guide will walk you through how you can install android apps manually and also solve related issues.
If you find the need to download an application (.Apk ) file from a third-party site, you will need to install such an application manually. Here is a complete guide to installing an android app manually.
Guide to install APK and OBB file Manually
What is an Apk file?
Android package (apk) is the file format used by the Android operating system for the distribution and installation of mobile apps and middleware. .Apk is the file extension for any android application, it like an archive that compresses android application files.
How to install Apk file
- Firstly, you have to enable unknown source installation. On default, Android privacy prevents the installation of apps downloaded from third-party sites. To enable unknown sources, navigate to your device Settings ⇒ Security ⇒ then toggle unknown source. Settings might differ for the latest android versions.
- Now, go to your file storage and locate the apk file you wish to install. Should be in the download folder else if you’ve saved it to another location.
- Tap the file and tap install.
- After successful installation, launch the application or game and enjoy.
What is an OBB file
Opaque Binary Blob files abbreviated as OBB file is an expansion file used by some android games. This file contains data that is not stored in the application’s main package (.APK file).
How to Installing app with OBB data
If the application you are installing has an OBB file, follow the steps below;
- Download the Apk file from ladMods.com, install but don’t open it after installation.
- Download the Obb file and unzip it using ZArchiver Pro Apk if your file manager doesn’t support zip files.
- Locate the Obb data folder in the file you just extracted.
- Move the folder to /SDCARD/Android/OBB
- Then lunch application.
Common problems and how to solve them
- Error ‘App not installed’
- You might get this error if you have another version of the app already installed on your device. Kindly Uninstall it.
- If this error persists, the Play Protect feature may be turned on, please turn off Play Protect.
- This error may occur if the does not support the Apk file. For example, if the app is meant for Android 5.0 and above it is impossible to install it on Android version below 5.0.
- If this doesn’t work then try restarting your phone.
- Error ‘Download failed because you may not have purchased this app’
- This error occurs if you don’t copy the Obb file to the right folder or the OBB file is not compatible with the application version.
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