If you just now decided to switch from a push-button mobile phone to an Android smartphone, then you will face some difficulties. It is possible that for the first time you will think about how to install the program. Of course, you can limit yourself to pre-installed applications. But soon enough you will exhaust their potential, you will want more. Therefore, we recommend that you read this article - it tells about all the ways to install applications.
The easiest method
Since the early days of its operating system, Google has tried to make it easier to install additional applications. To do this, the American giant created a separate online store called Google Play. Access to it is carried out using the program Play Market, which is available on almost every smartphone running Android. It is not available only on the cheapest devices from unnamed Chinese companies that have not undergone special testing and licensing.
You will also need a Google account to access the online store . It will not be difficult to create it, as you will see if you read our separate material. It is recommended to use the same account on different smartphones, in this case it will be much easier to find and install your favorite applications.
Installing the application on Android via Google Play is very simple. To do this, perform the following steps:
Step 1. Go to Play Market. You will find the icon of this client on the desktop or, in extreme cases, in the menu.
Step 2. You will be taken to the main page of Google Play. You can try to find the application of interest with its help, or use the search bar located at the very top.
Step 3. When you get to the program or game page, click on the green button « Install". The download process will immediately start, after which the installation will begin. If you are going to install the game, you may be offered to download it through Wi-Fi to save traffic. Do you agree with this - you decide only.
That's all. Usually the icon of the installed application immediately appears on the desktop. If this did not happen - look at it in the menu. If downloading has not begun or any other problems arose, then read about that why may not work Play Market .
Using a computer and its browser
Not everyone knows about it, but Google Play supports remote installation of programs and games. This means that you do not need to go to the online store from that smartphone or tablet to which the application you need will be installed. You can use the computer instead. It does not matter which operating system is installed on it - Windows, Mac OS or Chrome OS. It is only necessary to have an online browser on the PC. With it, you must take the following actions:
Step 1. Go to the site Play. Google.com - it is here There is an application store created by the search giant.
Step 2. Log in by entering the login and password from your Google account.
Step 3. In any way, you find some program that you want to install.
Step 4. Press the appropriate green button.
Step 5. Now select your device in the proposed list to which the application must be installed. Then press the green button " to set.
Step 6. If the device operates running Android 5.0 or an older version of the operating system, then you will need to provide certain Permissions by pressing the " button". On Android 6.0 and later versions, this is done on the device itself, already in the course of use of the program.
Step 7. Press the " OK button."
As soon as the smartphone appears, access to the network - it will be installed on it to install the application you selected. The icon, again, should appear on the desktop or in the menu.
download from third-party resource
almost any application intended for Android is a separate file with expansion.apk. It became completely optional to download it in Google Play. You can use some third-party resources. But an online store from an American company offers a number of advantages:
- Convenient search;
- Detailed information about each program and game;
- No need to use a PC;
- Almost no chance of downloading a virus.
As for third-party resources, their advantage lies only in the fact that you can download for free even the game or program that is distributed on Google Play for money. But such a download has a number of disadvantages:
- Often you need to use a computer;
- Viruses are often distributed under the guise of applications;
- The program will not be automatically updated.
Theoretically, you can download utilities without connecting the device to the computer. It is enough to use any Internet browser. But try not to do this if you do not have an antivirus yet. If you are thinking about installing it, then read the following article: "The best antiviruses for Android" . Also, in any case, you have to perform the following manipulations:
Step 1. Go to " Settings".
Step 2. Go to " Security".
Step 3. Activate the switch next to Unknown Sources.
This will allow the operating system to install programs not downloaded from Google Play.
If you have Android version 9 and above, then you do not need to allow installation from unknown sources first. The corresponding notification will appear immediately after the launch of the apk file. You just have to go to the settings and allow installation from unknown sources.
It is downloaded separately - on the page with the game, the authors of the distribution usually write in which folder it needs to be moved. The path differs depending on the device model.
Transfer app from computer
Let's say you downloaded the APK file to your desktop or laptop. Next, you need to transfer it to your smartphone. There is nothing difficult in this. This can be done in several ways. The easiest way to do this is to connect the device to a PC via USB. But it is necessary to use a high-quality cable - Chinese products sometimes transmit only electricity.
Step 1. If you connect your smartphone to a computer for the first time, then Windows or Mac OS must automatically download and install the appropriate driver. If you Linux, then the driver must be found in the World Wide Web on Alone.
Step 2. Next, in some cases, it helps a simple double-click file with the extension.apk. But most often it does not lead to anything, since the system considers it a regular archive. Therefore, you will have to click on the file with the right mouse button and select " to copy in the context menu. Or " Cut" if you want to move this file, and not duplicate.
Step 3. Now go to section " Computer", located in the menu " Start".
Step 4. Go to the file system of the connected device.
Step 5. Go to the folder where I would like to copy the APK file. Best if this will be the " download folder.
Step 6. Right-click on the free place in this folder, then select the item in the displayed context menu Paste. " And you can simply press the key combination " Ctrl + V.
Step 7. You can now disconnect the smartphone. Take it in your hands and run any file manager. You can familiarize yourself with them in our selection of the best file managers for Android .
Step 8. Go to the " download folder" (download).
Step 9. Click on the APK file.
Step 10. Press the " button". Give the application all permissions if it requires it.
Step 11. Next, it remains only to wait for the end of the installation. The system will suggest you immediately open the installed program. You can refuse this by pressing the " button".
The installation is completed on this. On the desktop, the icon will not appear - you will have to look for it in the menu. As for the APK file in the " download folder, it can now be deleted.
Using Cardrider and Other Methods
If the USB connection does not suit you, you can use other APK file transmission methods. For example, you can remove the memory card from the device and insert it into the cardder. If you have it, then you should be able to use it, in connection with which we will not describe the entire procedure.
You can also use a wireless connection. For example, for these purposes, an application AIRDROID , which extends to Google Play is completely free of charge. You can read this and other methods for connecting to a computer in Article " How to synchronize Android with PC ."
Installation of the application to the memory card
If you have a memory card installed, then many applications will automatically be installed on it. The exceptions are special utilities that should be only in the internal memory.
At any time, you can move the applications on the SD card. This is done as follows:
Step 1. Go to " Settings".
Step 2. Go to section " Application Manager". It can also be called " applications". If you have a tablet, then you must first move into the tab " General.
Step 3. Go to the " tab of the SD memory card". It displays all programs and games that can be moved to the outer memory.
Step 4. Click on the application you want to move. In the menu that opens, click on the " button on the SD memory card. It can also be called " on the SD card.
It remains only to wait for the result!