Questions tagged [unknown-sources]

For questions concerning the 'Allow unknown sources' setting (which must be enabled if you want to install apps from sources other than Play Store). If your issue is about the installation itself, use the 'side-loading' tag instead.

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ROOT: How to allow "install unknown apps" by default for an app?

Since Android 8.0 adb shell settings put secure install_non_market_apps 1 no longer works because we now have to enable it for a specific app. I am using Android 9.0 and I have root access on my ...
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How can I find and remove the source of "full screen" ads when I can't locate it in any of my apps?

There is a site/app that takes up my whole screen (LG V30 Pie) several times a day. The top part, in the blue area, is always the same. The rest can be scrolled. None of my apps allow "draw over&...
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Are these random UID applications spywares?

It's been a year since I am ignoring all these Applications using my data and battery. At first, I thought they could be apps that I uninstalled a while ago. But, no, every third day they were showing ...
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Enable "Unknown sources" for secondary user

How do I enable unknown sources on secondary user because she I try install the file it says enable unknown sources but when I go on settings the unknown sources is greyed sand it's disable and I can'...
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So, I have an app called "ww_easteur001", never installed it, and it behaves... weird I would say. Need help with it

So, I never installed this app, it just appeared at some point on my phone. I didn't do anything at first, thought it was something related to android because it has an android icon. The problem is ...
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Disable "Unkown sources" setting in Android Oreo

In previous versions of Android one could go to Personal > Security and there disable the Unknown sources setting in order to install freely APKs from unknown origins. In Androi Oreo this was changed ...
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App Installation "blocked by your IT admin"? (Galaxy Note 8)

I use YMusic to listen to music/audio books, which is an outsider app from xda-developers. When I tried to install an update, I got the message below, as if YouTube is preventing me from installing ...
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Installing downloaded APK after accidentally denying [duplicate]

I was trying to install a downloaded APK onto my Pixel 3. During the initial install attempt I was presented with a screen that looked approximately like this one (without the added emphasis on the ...
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Permissions for apps from unknown sources

When installing an app from unknown sources, does it have to ask for specific permissions like regular apps or is every permission granted by default?
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App from Hockeyapp won't install even though Unknown sources is allowed

I am getting a weird error, only in 1 of my phones. I am using Hockeyapp to distribute and test apps and it works fine in every other mobile device. In Oneplus 3 (A3003; Android 8.0.0; OxygenOS ...
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Is it safe to enable to allow apps from unknown sources?

I would like to install whatsapp on my Huawei android tablet but get the message (as others have ) stating ' your device is not compatible'. Searching the internet it seems that you can bypass ...
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Why would I enable "Install Unknown Apps?"

I have a LG G7 Thin Q running Oreo. While poking around the settings, I came across "Install unknown apps." Settings -> Apps & Notifications -> Special Access -> Install unknown apps It is a list ...
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Is Mobdro only for ARM now?

I'm trying to use Mobro on the Android SDK emulator. It only seems to install on ARM images. Is this a Mobdro limitation?
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Malicious Virus/Trojan on my phone, hard to remove

I have been recently concerned about a malicious software on my phone, basically - the trojan/virus acts silently in the background, it increases battery drain, gives regular (and system apps) ...
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How to remove Play-store notification "uninstall harmful app"? (kit-kat)

About a year ago I rooted my Verizon tablet with King root - which is working fine. Then when Google Play Protect came out, it started giving me this static notification telling me to uninstall King ...
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How to disable installing from unknown sources?

Is there a way to disable the phone from installing apps from unknown sources? I know that it is possible by just going to. settings->security->unchceck "unknown resources" But when kids ...
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Third party apps installation when 'unknown source' option is disabled

Instead of using my company phone, I set up my company email account (MS Exchange Active) on my personal phone. So now I can organise and overview my private and work events in the calendar etc. Also ...
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How are "ShareIt","Xender" etc able to install APK without requiring "unknown source" permission?

Normally, if I have to install an apk(say from SD card), I need to enable “Unknown Sources” in my phone's settings. But when I transfer and install any APK from another phone using "ShareIt", no such ...
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How do I stop Android from auto-enabling "allow unknown sources"?

Every time I restart my Xolo Era 4g, Android 5 Lollipop phone, it auto enables "allow installation of apps from unknown sources" option. I switch it off manually, then in a few seconds, a ...
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How to remove app-malware-virus that's not visible in the app list

I downloaded an apk from this site that it was supposed to be a modified app for a game (Candy Crush Saga). Here you can find the download link. The problem is that not only the app doesn't do what ...
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How to allow a specific "unknown source"

I would like to be able to install applications from a specific "unknown source" (it's our company continuous integration server). Is there a way to do that? (Using a Samsung Galaxy 7 if it matters)....
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Can't Download Apps on Restricted Automobile Android

I just got a new Renault Fluence (basically a Megane Coupe) with an Android entertainment system. It seems to be basically the Kaier System http://www.szkaier.com/show_imgnews.asp?id=537 modified by ...
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unknown sources turns back on about every 24 hours

I'm having to turn off unknown sources everyday. I'm on 5.1. Not rooted. Never installed anything except from app store. Eset Av says phone clean. Root checker says not rooted. Had phone from new. ...
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Strange applications are being installed sometimes

I am using Android 5.1 and there is strange thing.Sometimes, when I am connected to wifi apps are being installed without permissions.When I go to settings and uncheck 'Allow installing apps from ...
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Can I use installed apps from unknown source even if I turn off "Install from unknown sources"?

I have Moto G running Android 5.1. I had to turn on "Install from unknown sources" to install some apps from my employer. Now can I turn "Install from unknown sources" off to be safer and still what ...
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"10387" using up battery

I have absolutely no clue what this process is. I've never seen it before, and I check the battery usage tab a lot. I'm worried it's a virus or something, although I do have CM Security installed, I ...
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How can I securely install an older version of Chrome on a device that won't support newer versions?

I have an Android device that runs Android 4.0.2 and can't be updated any further. When I tried to install Chrome from the Play Store, I was told: Your device isn't compatible with this version. ...
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Installing apps --- Unknown Sources

Where do you find the Unknown Sources option on Android 5.0 and/or Edge 6+? I don't find the option under Applications or Application Manager.
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Unknown sources, root, and the Android security conundrum [closed]

This question has 2 aspects, both are related and equally important from a security standpoint: 1) The "Allow installations from unknown sources" option under Security settings. Most other mobile ...
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How to install apk in 2nd user of android 5.0 without playstore

So, android 5.0.2 doesn't allow side loading of apks for 2nd user (irrespective of whether it is guest or standard user). "Unknown Sources" is disabled and is uncheckable. And I use a pure Cyanogen ...
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How can I install apps from unknown sources using my Google account on the web?

I was wondering whether or not I can somehow remotely install applications from "unknown sources" i.e not having to copy the .apk file onto my device and then installing. For example, using the ...
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Are applications from "Unknown Sources" restricted by permissions?

I know that Google Play applications cannot do anything that is not spelled out in their AndroidManifest.xml and will be blocked from doing so. I want to know if non-Google Play applications are ...
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If the owner installs an app can a secondary profile use it?

It appears that in Lollipop secondary user profiles can no longer install APKs from unknown sources. So, if I install an APK from the owner profile, can I give a secondary profile access to that app? ...
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Allow "unknown sources" from Terminal without going to Settings App?

I have a corrupted Settings app in CyanogenMod and have a possible idea to restore a backup of it (App and Data) in Titanium Backup. But it's currently set to not allow "unknown sources" so Titanium ...
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Why can't I press the Install button when installing applications from unknown sources?

I'm trying to sideload an application, as seen in the picture below. I have allowed the installation of applications from unknown applied actions in settings, but I can't seem to press the install ...
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App download from own server shows unknown resource, How to make it trusted one [closed]

May be I am asking discussion related question, I am sorry if you feel it wrong, but I am really stuck while deciding what to do. For first time app Installation I have to give Download link for ...
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Allowing app installs from “unknown sources” for Secondary Users on Android 4.4.2

I see that "Unknown Sources" under Settings → Security on Android 4.4.2 is greyed out (I can't enable it) for my Secondary user on my Nexus 7, Is it expected behavior? Is there any way to enable it?
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Unable to confirm installation on program from unknown source

I have a few programs I want to install that come from "Unknown sources" (The latest Humble Bundle to be precise). When trying to install the application, I get the normal "Do you want to install ...
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Install from unknown sources on Nook Tablet

I am using a rooted NOOK Tablet with Android Gingerbread, and am installing an application from an email. I am using the NT Hidden Settings application to enable the installation of apps from unknown ...
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Toggle "Unknown Sources" with Tasker

Is it possible to toggle the Unknown Source setting with Tasker? I couldn't find such a setting. I also tried the Secure Settings Plugin there is also no action for this. What I want to achieve is to ...
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Help On Changing Settings

I updated my voicemail and with out thinking I allowed apps that are not from google play to access my phones features causing some things to disappear, on my phone How do i change my settings back ...
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Why can't I download games, apps, etc from any site except the Official Android Market?

Every time I try to download any of the games I love from any site except the Android Market, my phone tells me that the settings are set to not allow unknown apps to be run on my phone. By the way I ...
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I have Unknown Sources enabled on my phone, now what?

Along the same lines as this question. What's so special about enabling Unknown Sources, and what are some things that I should do once it's enabled?
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How to install from unknown sources on AT&T?

A friend of mine has an HTC Aria on AT&T. On his application settings screen, he does not have the option to allow installation of apps from unknown sources. Is there any way to change this ...
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