Once you have downloaded and extracted an app file the next step is to download and open apk file. Google Play Store has made it easy to download, install and open games.

Some Android devices can not access Google Play Store making users find alternatives. The Apk (Android Package) is the application format for Android devices. For an application to run on android, it must be on the Apk format.

Google created and developed the Android Operating System (OS) to work on Android devices. After downloading a .zip application, you may want to open the Apk file after extracting it.

Android devices are designed to refuse the installation of applications not downloaded from Play Store. Third-party and harmful applications are thereby cut off from installing on your device.

Many websites serve as alternatives to the Google Play Store, users can download and open apk files from these sites.

You are advised to be watchful of the external source from which you download apk files since some cannot be trusted. Some may introduce malware or spyware to the mobile device.

Opening an Apk File on Android

Follow the steps provided below to install and open any Apk file on our Android device. Remember to download apk files from trusted sites.

Android devices come with inbuilt applications but still creates space for third party application. Users can install any application as long as it is compatible with the device.

Applications from other sites and third-party sources are done manually unlike Google Play Store.

To install Apk files in Zip format, you need to extract the file using unzipping applications first.

Applications downloaded from Google Play and Third-party sites are still in the same apk format.

Steps to Install APK file on Android

You can install APK files by following these steps outlined below

First, you need to remove the restriction to install an application from third party sites. It is easier than ABC, you need to follow the steps below to allow your device to install third-party applications.

Go to your device security setting (through the shortcut, Home screen or menu)

Check the Unknown Sources to allow installation of apps from unknown sources. You will receive a popup warning, tap OK to confirm and can be disabled by unchecking the option.

The gate is open for third party applications, remember to download from sites that are free of threat.

How do I Open an Apk File in Zip Format?

You may discover that the file you downloaded is not in Apk format rather ZIP. Do not be in a hurry to delete the application, these apps are compressed for easy download and upload.

To open the application, you need to decompress using any unzipping tool.

Why is my Apk File Not Opening?

  • The following are the major causes of APK file opening problems that are preventing you from opening these files.
  • Invalid APK file references
  • Accidental deletion of the description of the APK file
  • Incomplete or bad installation of a software application associated with the APK format
  • APK file is corrupted
  • APK is infected with malware/virus
  • Device drivers are corrupt or out-of-date
  • Inadequate system resources to open the apk file.


To open apk file from third party sources, you need to enable unknown sources. Either open the APK file in a file extraction tool and then repackage it as a ZIP or rename the APK file to ZIP.  Compressed Zip Files need to be extracted before installing.