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How to install APK files on Android Oreo

Becasue of high data consumption or for any reason, we might install apk files on our smartphone outside Google Playstore. When you hit install but you’re greeted with a popup saying that installation from Unknown Sources has been blocked. Naturally, you will have to head over to settings to enable installation of app via APK files by enabling Unkown Sources option.

Also read: How to enable USB Debugging & unknown sources option on Android

But, this is not the case with the Android Oreo, this feature has vanished or rather, it has been modified. You can now have more control on which app (browsers, file managers, etc.) gets access to the installation of unknown APKs and which do not.

Check out: Magisk Manager for Android Phones

How to Install APK files on Android Oreo

Let’s assume you’ve got a couple of apps from your friends in your file manager ready to install. So that next time you install the Play Store and Play Services app directly on your Android Oreo devices, you don’t get stuck.

  1. Tap on the APK file of the App you want and hit Install. (You might want to use a file manager app to access the APK file saved on your device.)
  2. Android Oreo now greets you with a popup option which gives the External Sources option.
  3. From the Install other apps menu click on the app you want to enable access.
  4. Tap on the switch next to Trust app from this source.install apk android oreo

Hurray!. It does seem a bit challenging to enable this for many apps, but it needs to be done only once. So, you might as well get it done with while setting up your device for the first time.

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