Tag Archive: sideloading


Here’s why sideloading apps is safer with Android O

Sideloading apps is safer than ever with Android O.

Android has always had a default restriction on installing apps that didn’t come from a first party app store. Apps from Google Play or a manufacturer’s store like Samsung Apps are deemed to be more trustworthy and safe, so they are considered first party app stores, but apps you downloaded from the internet or from another marketplace are not. While the setting was easily disabled, this was the first line  [Read More…]

Everything you need to know about sideloading apps for your Gear VR

Sideloading apps onto your phone is easy and lets you access apps you can’t get on the Google Play Store.

The Gear VR is one of the most accessible forms of virtual reality available today because it runs right off of your Samsung phone. Initially, there are plenty of apps that you can download from the Oculus Store, or the Google Play Store. However, if you’ve found an app that you want to try that isn’t on  [Read More…]

Having trouble sideloading Android 7.1.2 on your Nexus or Pixel? You’re not alone

Sideload is broken with the latest version of ADB. Here’s what you need to do.

For the few keeners, like me, who are interested in quickly getting an update to Android 7.1.2, you may have run into a hitch while using ADB, the tool provided by Google for the purpose, to flash your phone.

Google reportedly broke the ADB sideload functionality for large files like the ones included with the new Pixel and Nexus in its latest  [Read More…]

Is sideloading APK files considered piracy?

Is sideloading an Android app considered piracy? Yes. No. Maybe. It depends.

Recently, we got a question from someone new to Android about sideloading apps. For the most part, this isn’t something you do (or can do) on iOS and seeing people in the comments of articles here and elsewhere about getting APK files online and sideloading them was a little confusing. Along with some confirmation about the hows and the whys, the meat of the question  [Read More…]

How to enable app sideloading on your BlackBerry Priv

Out of the box, all Android phones are set so that only applications from Google Play can be downloaded and installed. It’s a safety thing, and keeps you from installing those malicious applications you keep hearing about but don’t know anyone who was ever affected by them. We think that most users should leave things at the default and enjoy the over one million apps in Google Play, but there is one very good reason to change  [Read More…]

How to update your Google Play Store app without sideloading like a savage

Oh, Google. You and your little tricks. Dunno how old this is (Update: Ah, since March or so. Cool.), but apparently there’s a neat little trick to forcing your Google Play Store app to check for an update. No installing apk files from who knows where. No waiting like a peasant.

Just a couple taps of a button.

Are you ready? Here it is.

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Google blocks sideloading of Chrome extensions

To protect users from malicious attacks, Google has implemented a change to the Chrome browser so that extensions can now only be installed if they are downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. For end users, this means that you cannot download an extension from another source and try to install or force the browser to run it. By going through the Chrome Web Store, Google is hopping that this will prevent malicious developers from releasing extensions  [Read More…]