The Google Play is your trusted resource for installing all kinds of APK files. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it is the only place from where you can download such files. Now, are you interested in enhancing your Android experience by installing on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus new APK files from a different source? It may not be as intuitive as you think, but it doesn’t have to be difficult either.
If you’re familiarized with the ADB command line and you know the basic commands, all you have to do is to use them. We will take a short break and remind you of the four most common commands that will help you to perform a:
- Standard install – adb install appname.apk
- Reinstall – adb install -r appname.apk
- Install to the SD Card – adb install -s appname.apk
- Uninstall – adb uninstall appname.apk
If none of these sounds familiar to you, perhaps we should introduce you to a more intuitive option with a couple of detailed steps.
How to install APK files on your smartphone:
- First, enable the Unknown Sources on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus, which are deactivated by default;
- Go to Settings and try either Applications, then Unknown Sources or Security, then Unknown Sources and tap on it to activate the option;
- Then, download the APK file you wish to install straight on your phone (you can also copy it from your PC via a USB cable);
- Navigate to where you have stored the APK file;
- If you’ve just downloaded it on Samsung Galaxy S8, suffices to swipe down the Notification shade and you should be able to tap on its name in there;
- If not, use a file manager and go to Settings, then Storage and, finally Explore;
- Navigate until you have found the APK file and tap on it to launch it;
- The steps you will be prompted to follow from this point are more than easy.
As a safety note, it is best that once you have finished installing an APK file on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ Plus to return to Settings and disable the Unknown Sources. It’s not such a good idea to keep it On.