How to Install Third Party Apps Not in the Play Store

Last Edited: June 18, 2017 | Published: June 18, 2017 by

The Google Play Store is filled with millions of apps just waiting for you to download. However, the Play Store doesn’t have all the apps available for Android. There are thousands of third party developers that have created apps for Android but never release them on the Play Store. Instead, you have to go and get them and install them yourself just like you do for your computer.

Before you can do that, you have to get your Android tablet ready to do it and then you have to install the app. Today, I thought we would do a quick guide to show you just how to do that using my Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Installing Third Party Apps

Go to Settings > Lock screen and security and make sure Unknown sources is turned on. This is how you do it on the Samsung tablet, but it could vary depending on which Android tablet you buy. Still, expect it to be somewhere under your security settings.

Visit the website of the app you want to install and download the app, saving it to your downloads folder.

Press Downloads from your All Apps screen if you have it or open your File Manager and navigate to the file.

Touch the file and choose Install.

That’s all there is to it. In the end, it really is an easy process that almost anyone can do. Now you can install apps from pretty much anywhere online, but you must be careful.

A Word of Warning

By downloading a third party app, you do give up a little bit of security that you get when downloading through the Play Store. You don’t really know what the developers have put in those third party apps, and there could be spyware or other malware hidden inside there waiting to give you a hard time. Make sure you are sure that the app you are downloading is safe and make sure you are running quality antivirus software on your Android tablet before you install any third party applications.


There are hundreds, if not thousands, of amazing apps out there that never make it to the Play Store. By enabling Unknown sources, you can download apps from anywhere. Just make sure you are careful and do your homework on each app before you download it. If you don’t, you could get more than you bargained for when you install the app as malware makers love to disguise their malware in the form of third party apps.

Still, don’t let that deter you, as there are some true gems out there that just won’t ever appear on the Play Store for whatever reason.

Have you ever installed any third party apps on your Android tablet? If so, what was the experience like for you? Do you recommend it or do you feel like it is too much of a security risk? Tell me your thoughts and opinions in the comments below. As for me, I will continue to download them, but I am always very careful and research each app very thoroughly before I do it.

About the author