Android: Allow Installation of Non-Market Apps

   Posted by Lê Hoàng in Android

The Android system by default does not allow users to install applications from unknown sources. However, if you are sure that the application or game setup files are safe, you can enable this ability. This tutorial contains all the necessary steps to activate this feature for Android version 2.2, 2.3, and 4.0.

The tutorial will be divided into 2 parts. The first part is for Android 2.2 and 2.3. The second part is for Android 4.0 (ICS).

Android 2.2 or Android 2.3:

1. Open the app drawer and go to Settings.

2. In the Settings screen, go to Applications.

3. Check the Unknown sources option at the top of the screen. This option will let you install apk files from the device’s storage or from the sd card.

4. When the warning window appears, just tap OK.

Android ICS 4.0.3:

The process of enabling installation from unknown sources on Android 4.0 is different from the older versions. The option is moved to another location. Fortunately, finding and enabling are rather easy.

1. Open the app drawer and go to Settings. Please note that I am using the Go launcher with the default Samsung touchwiz icons. The Settings icon will be different on other phones.

2. When you are in the Settings screen, scroll down to find the Security section and tap on it.

3. Scroll down to the Device administration section and check the Unknown sources option.

4. Tap OK when the warning window appears.

 

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15 Responses to “Android: Allow Installation of Non-Market Apps”

  1. March 29, 2012 at 2:56 pm, Android Vesti said:

    Great tutorial! Thanks!

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  2. June 20, 2012 at 8:44 pm, xacto said:

    THX.. I looked everywhere.. (hhmm almost) and was starting to get mad!

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  3. July 04, 2012 at 11:29 am, Bob said:

    Excellent. Helped me out. Thanks!

    Reply

  4. September 03, 2012 at 7:43 pm, brandonashleytx said:

    i have a htc vivid ics 4.0.3 with sense 3.6. i do not have the unknown sources option. im not an expert but i do know this phone inside and out. its not here. SECURITY- (screen security)-screen lock
    (sim card lock)- set up sim card lock
    (passwords)- make passwords visible
    (credential storage)- trusted credentials
    – install from storage
    – clear credentials

    ive looked everywhere. ive called at&t and emailed htc. i would like to make my own decisions on what i download. SO WHOS THE AWESOME ONE WHO CAN SOLVE THIS FOR ME??

    Reply

  5. September 03, 2012 at 7:43 pm, brandonashleytx said:

    i have a htc vivid ics 4.0.3 with sense 3.6. i do not have the unknown sources option. im not an expert but i do know this phone inside and out. its not here. SECURITY- (screen security)-screen lock
    (sim card lock)- set up sim card lock
    (passwords)- make passwords visible
    (credential storage)- trusted credentials
    – install from storage
    – clear credentials

    ive looked everywhere. ive called at&t and emailed htc. i would like to make my own decisions on what i download. SO WHOS THE AWESOME ONE WHO CAN SOLVE THIS FOR ME??

    Reply

    • October 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm, luis beltrani said:

      > brandonashleytx said:
      do you have corporate email installed?
      if so then, that feature has been removed by the administrator

      if not, then the feature has been hidden from your view with the 4.03 update.

      still looking for the answer.

      if you have corporate email then remove corporate email
      check and isntall the app you’re looking for
      then setup corporate email.

      let me know if it works… :)

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      • January 02, 2013 at 7:57 pm, K said:

        Thanks, that was exactly the issue I had, corporate Exchange. I have spent the last 30 minutes trying to figure out why the option wasn’t displaying.

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        • July 16, 2013 at 4:30 pm, Billy Stone said:

          > where could i find that corporate email installed?

          Reply

          • September 06, 2013 at 1:54 pm, samarth said:

            I have a htc vivid ics 4.0.3 with sense 3.6. i do not have the unknown sources option. im not an expert but i do know this phone inside and out. its not here. SECURITY-(screen security)-screen lock (sim card lock)- set up sim card lock (passwords)- make passwords visible (credential storage)- trusted credentials – install from storage – clear credentials

            ive looked everywhere. ive called at&t and emailed htc. i would like to make my own decisions on what i download. SO WHOS THE AWESOME ONE WHO CAN SOLVE THIS FOR ME?

  6. November 22, 2012 at 3:05 am, Brian Diva Cox said:

    so these screen shots are old and not on everyone phone!

    Reply

  7. December 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm, Abatan kenny said:

    I don’t knw hw to installed

    Reply

  8. December 21, 2012 at 8:20 pm, Lianne said:

    I have the install from unknown sources enabled on my droid 4.0.4 and the “install” button after clicking the .apk just simply does not respond. I also cannot copy the .apk to the system/apk folder, as some instructions suggest. EStrongs file manager reports “copy failed”. What else may be blocking these operations?

    Reply

  9. January 15, 2013 at 4:10 am, kay said:

    i have a att samsung captivate and I can’t find this option. Under device administration it has add or remove device administrator…which it doesn’t all me to do either. Any idea on what to do next?

    Reply

  10. May 24, 2013 at 12:51 pm, bonglare said:

    I cant seem to install even with that selected. I can just press the cancel button but not the install button. Help?

    Reply

  11. July 16, 2013 at 4:33 pm, Billy Stone said:

    i installed the Lock Screen Widget App coz my power button doesn’t work.. i want to delete the app but i cant delete it somebody help me

    Reply

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