This guide will teach you how to install Android Apps. You can install APPs on your Android device in a number of ways, one way is to use online APP stores. Google Play Store, formerly called Market is a good place to start and also has the highest number of applications for smart devices world-wide. Other Online stores include the Samsung APP store, Amazon APP Store for android, Getjar, 1Mobile among other . Secondly you may install APPS downloaded directly from the App provider.
Almost all standard android devices are shipped with Google Play in-built. To install APPs from Google Play Store, all you need is a Google Account. Tap on Applications Icon and Locate the Google Play App. Tap on this APP, you will be required to enter your Google account information (gmail account) if you have not done so. If you do not have one, you will be prompted to sign up for one. Make sure you have Mobile data activated and you have an active data plan. Alternatively, connect to a Wi-Fi network to have access to internet.
Once you are signed in, you will be directed to the Google Play store. The default screen has Apps arranged into groups, this is a good place to research and discover apps. However, if you know the name of the APP you want to install, tap on the search button, type the name and search. If the APP exist in the store, it should come up at the top of the search result followed by others that are closely related to it by name or perform similar functions.
At this point, it will be interesting to note that there are several “free” apps and paid ones. You may want to check out our blog article Free APPs, is it really worth it? Tap on the install button, you will be show the kinds of permission the app requires from your device to be able to run, accept these permissions and the APP will download and Automatically install on your Android device. After installation, you may tap on open to run or locate the APP icon on your APP home screen and tap to run.
To install an APP directly from the APP provider, you will foremost have to adjust the default security option for Applications on your device. By default, Android does not allow apps that are not from the app store to install on your device. On Gingerbread (2.3) move to Settings > Applications and Check Unknown Sources. This will allow installation from applications not in the Google Play Store. While on ICS, Tik-Tak Tap Settings > Security and Check unknown Sources to allow installation of Apps that are not from App stores.
A typical Android Application file you will download is called an APK (Android package). Use a file explorer to locate the download, open and follow the prompt to install. A good file explorer I recommend is ES File Explorer, it is both free and does not contain Adwares.