How can I update apps that I've installed via .apk file on a phone without Google Play Store?

I would not mind downloading the updated .apk files manually, but is there a way to get notified when an update is available for one of my installed apps?

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    Not sure if it works w/o GApps on the device, but might be worth a look: App Watcher - Updates notifier. For more alternatives, be welcome to check with my App Markets listings :)
    – Izzy
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 15:17
  • @Izzy Some of the links from that page is very much useful as an answer. Please make one
    – Anwar
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 17:14

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There are several possibilities, depending on your sources:

  • use one of the 1 as source (recommendation: F-Droid with its pre-configured main repo plus some of the additional repositories accessible with their app), and get information about available updates via the corresponding market's app
  • use an alternative "update checker" such as App Watcher - Updates notifier (you can find some more in my App Markets listing)
  • use an application on your PC to check for updates (see the same listing2 for candidates). For example, Raccoon is planning such a feature for its new version (not sure about its release, though – the author was quite busy with its "graduation" and just finished his university degree recently).

1: Also see the alternative-markets tag-wiki and follow its links
2: I won't list all the candidates here, as they might be subject to change. The linked lists however will be kept up-to-date.

Disclaimer: For those not aware, and in case I didn't make it obvious enough: those listings reside on my own website.


Using the APKPure app, it is possible to receive Play Store-like notifications about updates.

I frequently use this app instead of the Play Store. It also allows you to download previous versions.

  • I just have a question, although it might be marked as off topic. I was wondering why a lot of people don't like the Play Store, or why many people want to disable it. I use an alternative app store too, but I still use the Play Store to download the majority of my apps.
    – Mario
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 23:21
  • @Mario I think it is because some people do not want a Google Account.
    – user186920
    Commented Nov 19, 2016 at 13:24

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