Showing posts with label Android Tips. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Android Tips. Show all posts

Installing Unknown Source Apps on Android

Enabling Unknown Source Apps on Android Device

Well, you may experience this sort of problem with a newly purchased Android Phone or Tablet. For security reason, by default, installing apps from unknown sources are normally disabled in Android devices. But you can easy install those apps on your phone if you're confident about the security. Let's see how . . . 

Before you proceed, you should know . . . 

Android OS prefers installing apps from Google Play due to the security reasons. But sometimes you may need to install apps which are already stored on your phone storage. And that time your system may not allow you install such apps rather show the following message - 

Install Blocked
For security, your phone is set to block installation of apps obtained from unknown sources.

Unknown Source App Block Message on Android Device

Look at the above image. It also offers a Settings option. If you wanna change this settings, simply hit on the settings button and allow unknown source apps. 

Allowing Unknown Source Apps

You will get the above settings option when you try to install a new app from your phone storage. But if you wanna change this settings before installing any app (just to avoid this message) then you can try the following method - 

  1. Go to your phone's settings option.
  2. Move to the Personal > Security > Device Administration > Unknown Sources > Allow it.
  3. Now you will get a security Warning. Simply hit the OK button. That's it.

Enabling Unknown Source Apps on Android Phone

About the Warning

When you enable unknown apps installation, you will get the following warning message - 

Your phone and personal data are more valuable to attack by apps from unknown sources. You agree that you are solely responsible for any damage to your phone or loss of data that may result from using these apps.

It seems that it's a serious issue. But it isn't actually. You can install application from unknown sources without any trouble. But make sure those APK files are not harmful. 


  • This tutorial has been prepared based on Symphony M1 ; Android Lollipop.
  • Depending on your hardware manufacturer and android version, the images and options illustrated in this tutorial may vary. 

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Give your Android Device Windows 8 Look !!!

Convert Android Phone into Windows 8

Today I've come with an interesting and funny post for you. Maybe you've already realized what the topic is. Because the post title defines the post clearly! 

Android OS is now very popular for mobile devices. Even with some limitations, exciting features of Android devices are now minimizing the Market Share of Apple and Samsung. On the other hand, Nokia is out of competition for last few years. But the Lumia Series are now getting popularity among the mobile users. 

Before moving to the topic I'd like to share something with you. You know I've moved from Dhaka to Khulna with my new job. Now I am in Eid Vacation. I hardly used mobile earlier. But as I am now in Khulna, I need to contact home frequently. So I purchased an Android Phone. Normally I don't write about mobile devices. Only few posts have been published so far. But from now and then you may get more tips on Mobile Devices! 

Okay let's back to the track. I'm gonna show a magical tips today- Convert Android into Windows! Get ready for that . . . 

  • Hit on the above Download Link and download the file named Android to Windows.
  • This is a zipped file (2.66 MB)
  • After downloading the file you need to unzip it. 
  • Now connect your phone to PC and copy the file to your phone memory card. (You just need to copy the file to your memory card any how. You can use Bluetooth or card reader too.)
  • Now go to your device file explorer. Locate the file where you've kept it. Hit the file named Launcher8_1.2.6.2-1.apk. 
  • A new screen will appear and ask you to give permission to install it. (Read the important message before installing)
  • Hit on the install button and wait few seconds. Now hit on the open button and see magic. 

Important: Before you install, you must know:

Normally android will not let you install third party tools unless it is downloaded from Google Play Store. You may get error/ warning message when you hit on the Launcher 8 file. To avoid warning and continue to installation you need to change your settings as below:
  • Go to the Settings > Applications > Check the option named Unknown Sources (Allow installation of non-Market applications) > That's it. 

What is this actually? 

This is nothing but a theme of Windows 8. After installing this theme on your Android Device, your phone will look like Nokia Lumia or Windows Phone. You will be able to see live tiles. But all other tasks will be operated by Android System. This theme pack works with both Mobile and Tablet. 

When you click on the home button of your device, it will ask you whether to complete action using Launcher 8 or Android. 

Don't be afraid. It's simply a look of Windows 8. All your settings, system will remain unchanged. 

And if you face any problem or if you don't wanna use it no problem. You can easily uninstall it from your device. 

How to Uninstall? 

Very Simple. Just follow the process below:

Settings > Applications > Manage Applications > Hit on the Launcher 8 > Hit on the Uninstall button. 

Please let me know by comment- Whether you enjoyed this or not . . . :) 

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