Is the Google Play Store not giving you what you want? Perhaps you may want to try the Amazon Appstore.
Although seasoned Android users may already know about this process, here is a walkthrough for those new to the platform. For those who don’t already know, you can download apps from sources other than the Google Play Store. Probably the next most popular way to do this is from the Amazon Appstore (the same app store that the Kindle Fire tablets use).
Amazon offers a free paid application everyday, something that Google Play only does on a rare occasion. That may be reason enough to install it, but it also offers some great recommendations as well as exclusive apps.
Since the Amazon Appstore isn’t available in Google Play, you need to do a few extra steps in order to get it installed. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to install it on your Android.
1. Enable “Unknown sources” on your device
Before we begin, there’s a setting that needs to be changed on your device. First, navigate to the Security tab in your Settings menu. If you’re on an older Android device, you may need to navigate to the Apps menu under Settings. Once in the Security menu, scroll down until you see “Unknown sources”. Make sure the box is checked.
This feature is on your Android device to ensure that your phone stays safe. When this box is checked, it allows applications to be installed on your device that aren’t in the Play Store.
2. Download the Appstore
In the browser on your phone, head over to the Appstore download page. Once there, click the big orange “Download the Amazon Appstore” button. You should see a message reading, “This type of file can harm your device. Do you want to keep AmazonApps-release.apk anyway?” Click “OK”, and the file should begin to download.
3. Install the Appstore to your device
In your notification shade, you should see the AmazonApps file. Click on that notification, and you will see this screen:
Read through the permissions if you’d like, and click Install. After it’s done installing, you’re all done! Sign in with your Amazon username and password, and you can begin downloading anything you’d like.
Oh, and remember to go back into Settings and uncheck that Unknown Sources box.
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