Allowing the installation of non-market applications in Android

August 27th, 2009 | Categories: Android | Tags:

The Android Market is not the only place where you can get applications for your Android phone.  As long as you are prepared to accept the increased risks then you can install applications from anywhere.  Android applications have the extension .apk and to allow their installation all I had to do on my HTC Hero was

  • From the home screen press the Menu button and then tap on Settings.
  • Tap on Applications.
  • Tap on Unknown sources (allow install of non-Market applications) and follow the prompts.

This information is widely available on the web and there are  several other ways of doing it.  The only reason I am posting it here is as a reminder to self but it’ll be a bonus if it’s useful to anyone else.

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