Your friends told you about Aptoide, an alternative store to the Android PlayStore through which you can download for free applications and games of all types. This possibility interests you a lot but you don't have the faintest idea of how it is possible to download Aptoide on your trusty smartphone. If you are hesitant about this question, and would like to know more, in order to avoid making some "trouble", know that you have come across the right guide. In this tutorial you will find the solution to your problem: I will explain, in a very simple way, as well as step by step, how to download Aptoide.
The alternative virtual shop in question can only be downloaded on Android smartphones and tablets. Mobile devices equipped with the Google mobile operating system, in fact, allow the installation of applications from third-party stores. This speech, however, does not apply to Apple smartphones and tablets. Apple's operating system, iOS, is a closed system and there is no possibility to install applications from digital stores other than the App Store.
You can also consider the possibility of downloading Aptoide on an Android emulator: precisely for this reason, if you need to access this particular store from a PC, I will explain how to install Aptoide on the main Android emulators: memu e BlueStacks. If the question addressed is of interest to you, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time to devote to carefully reading this guide. I am sure that you will find my information very useful and that, once you have learned the procedure, you can explain it to a friend in need of a tip in merio. Are you ready to get started? Yup? Very well! I wish you a good read as usual.
How to Download Aptoide on Android
Activate the Installation of Third-party Apps (preliminary Procedure)
On Android mobile devices, the installation of applications from stores other than the PlayStore is possible, as long as this option is manually authorized by the device owner. To do this, you need to activate this particular option through the Android settings panel: I'll explain below how to do it, step by step.
Before starting, however, keep in mind that the procedure I indicated for installing applications that do not come from the Android PlayStore may vary depending on the version of the Android operating system, as well as the model of your smartphone or tablet.
Below you can find the procedure for Android devices up to version Android 7 Nougat and for devices that have the latest version of the Google operating system for smartphones, Android 8 Oreo.
Android 7 Nougat
To authorize the installation of applications from unknown sources, press your smartphone in your hand and go to the menu of Settings (the app has a gear symbol). From the menu you will see on the screen, locate and tap on the item Safety.
Scroll down this screen to the bottom and locate the entry Unknown origin. At this, then move the lever from OFF a ON to allow the installation of applications from sources other than the PlayStore.
Once you have authorized the installation of apps from unknown sources you can install Aptoide. To do this, start the browser you use to browse the Internet (Chrome, for example) and connect to the official Aptoide website (it.aptoide.com).
From its Home Page, download Aptoide by tapping on the item Install Aptoide that you find in the center of the screen. At this point, a confirmation message will appear at the bottom and you will be asked to authorize the download of Atpoide. Confirm by pressing on the item Download and, once the download has finished, tap on the item apri.
In order to install Aptoide you will have to press the button Install which will appear on the next screen. Then you just have to wait for the installation to finish (usually it doesn't take long, just a few seconds) and then tap on the item end.
Did you follow all the instructions I gave you? Yup? Very well. At this point the Aptoide app will be present in the screen of the applications installed on your device. You can now start using this store by tapping on it.
Android 8 Oreo
First, take your Android smartphone in hand and go to the menu of Settings (symbol of a gear).
from Settings Android, tap on the items App and notification, Then Advanced, then reach the voice Special access to apps and finally tap on the wording Install unknown apps.
From this screen you will then have to select the source from which you will download the apk file for the Aptoide installation (for example the browser Chrome). By tapping on the source, you must then move the lever from OFF a ON, corresponding to the item Allow from this source. Through this procedure I indicated you will have authorized the browser you use to install the apk files, downloaded through it.
Then open the browser you use to navigate and reach the official Aptoide website (it.aptoide.com) and download the most recent version of the digital store in question, by tapping on the item Install Aptoide; you can find it in the center of the screen.
A small message will appear on the screen that will ask you for confirmation to be able to download the Aptoide apk file. To authorize the download, tap on the item Download. Once the download is complete, start the Aptoide installation by tapping on the item apri.
A further confirmation screen will open: you will be asked if you want to install the Aptoide application. To confirm, tap on Install. Now wait for the installation to finish (it will take a few seconds) and tap on the item end.
If you have correctly followed all the instructions I have given you, the Aptoide application will now be present in the list of applications installed on your device.
Once you have started Aptoide by tapping on its icon, you can start using the alternative store to search for applications and games to download. However, keep in mind that, in order to be able to install applications or games in Aptoide, you will need to authorize their download and installation. I'll explain how to do it below.
Before installing an app from Aptoide go to Settings of Android (symbol of a gear). Then tap on the items App and notification, then on the voice Advanced. Then locate the entry Special access to apps and finally, tap on Install unknown apps. Through this section you will then have to locate the word Aptoide and tap on it. Then move the lever from OFF a ON, corresponding to the item Allow from this source. Through this procedure you will have authorized Aptoide to install all the apps and games present in it.
From now on you will be able to download and install any application via Aptoide. However, I recommend that you disable the authorization of unknown apps from the source related to your browser. To do this, return to Settings> Apps & Notifications> Advanced> Special App Access> Install Unknown Apps. From this screen you will then need to select the source with the browser name. Tap on it and then move the lever from ON a OFF at the item Allow from this source.
How to Use Aptoide on Android
Similar to the Android PlayStore, Aptoide is a virtual store that has various sections with applications and games to download.
However, keep in mind that not all applications in Aptoide are safe: applications marked with a symbol of one green shield with a V are reliable and have the wording Reliable. The presence of this symbol guarantees that the file in question is free from viruses. Download only apps and games with this wording, different applications may have been altered.
Once you have identified the application you want to download, install it by pressing on the item Install.
In order to install applications on Aptoide you will then have to authorize access to the memory of the device you own. To do this, just press on the item OK and then Allow, corresponding to the windows you will see appear on the screen.
Then wait for the download for the application to finish and start the actual installation of the app by tapping on the item Install from the Android menu that will appear on the screen. Once the installation is finished you can start the app and start using it by tapping on the item apri.
How to Download Aptoide on PC (Android Emulator)
The Aptoide digital store can also be installed on a PC, provided that an Android emulator is used. All you have to do is go to the official Atpoide website (https://it.aptoide.com/) and download the apk file to your computer by pressing the button Install Aptoide that you find in the center of the screen. In this way you will download the apk file and you can install it in the Android emulator of your choice, following the steps that I will show you in the following lines.
How to Install Aptoide on PC with Memu
To install Aptoide on Memu you will need to upload the apk file via your PC. To do this, click on the button +Apk that you find in the sidebar of the emulator and locate the Aptoide apk file from the location where it is on your PC. When you have found it, click on it and upload it to Memu by clicking on the entry apri.
How to Install Aptoide on PC with BlueStacks
To install Aptoide on PC via BlueStacks, go to the section Home of the emulator and press the icon with the symbol (...) which is located in the upper right corner. Then load the Aptoide Apk file previously downloaded by clicking on the item + Install apk. Then locate Aptoide files from your computer and select it by pressing on the item apri.
If you need more information on how these emulators work, I recommend that you read my guide titled How to Install Android on PC. You will find all the information you need.