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Download apps to your Android device

We recommend that you download apps from Google Play. You can also get them from other sources.

Your Android device has a security setting (Google Play Protect) that checks for potentially harmful apps, warns you, and removes apps if necessary. Learn how to help protect against harmful apps.

Note: Some of these steps work only on Android 8.0 and up. Learn how to check your Android version.

Download apps from Google Play

Some apps are free. Others cost money.

Choose and get Google Play apps

  1. Open Google Play.
    • On your Android device, use the Play Store app Google Play.
    • On your computer, go to play.google.com.
  2. Find an app you want.
  3. To check that the app is reliable, find out what other people say about it.
    • Under the app's title, check the star ratings and the number of downloads.
    • To read individual reviews, scroll down.
  4. When you pick an app, tap Install (for free apps) or the app's price.

Report bad Google Play apps to Google

If you find an app that you think is harmful, report it to us. Learn how to report bad apps.

Download apps from other sources 

Important: If you download apps from unknown sources, your device and personal information can be at risk.

  • Your device could get damaged or lose data.
  • Your personal information could be harmed or hacked.
Get apps from other sources
  1. On the other source, start downloading the app.
  2. On the message that opens, tap Settings.
  3. Turn on Allow from this source.

Note: If you don't see "Allow from this source," you're running a different Android version. In your Settings, under "Security," turn on Unknown sources.

Turn off getting apps from other sources
  1. Open your device's Settings app Settings app.
  2. Tap Apps & notifications and then Advanced and then Special app access and then Install unknown apps.
  3. Tap the app you want to stop asking you to install unknown apps.
  4. Turn off Allow from this source.

Note: If you don't see "Apps & notifications," you're running a different Android version. In your Settings, under "Security," turn off Unknown sources.

Help Google protect against bad apps from other sources

If you install apps from outside of Google Play, your device can send Google information about those apps.

This information helps Google better protect everyone from harmful apps. The information can include log information, URLs related to the app, device ID, Android version, and IP address.

Learn about Google Play Protect.

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