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The Google Play Store is one of the core apps of every Android device. From it, Android users can download tons of apps and games. The good thing about it is that all the apps provided there are scanned and checked for malware(to some extent). Although being a great app store, it has its downsides as well. Not all apps even though good can be downloaded from the Google Play. So, if you are intending to download some apps like say, a YouTube downloader, you won’t get it from the Google Play Store. In order to get some of the apps which are not found on the later, including the ones it has, one can make use of Google Play Store alternatives. And these top Play Store alternatives also allows you to download and install your apps on-the-go, perform updates regularly.
Below, we have a list of special picked top Google Play Store alternatives worth using. So, if you didn’t know it was possible to download Android apps easily without the use of the Google Play Store, these apps will prove you the contrary.
Top 6 Google Play Store alternatives
The App Stores we have listed below are not meant for those who are looking for a way to download MODS. These are App Stores that provide you with the official apps from their respective developers.
This is one of the biggest and most used Google Play Store alternatives for Android. You can download all sorts of apps and games from there. Android users can download apps and games easily from the website or make use of the Mobile App.
After installation, there is no need to create an account in order to download your favourite apps. And in addition, you will be able to download apps that are not on the Google Play Store.
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Also, users can create accounts and upload apps to the store. The apps are only published after review though.
If there is a good alternative to the Google Play Store, APKPure cannot be omitted. APKPure is one of the top websites where you can download apps and games. And just like APKMirror, it’s got apps which are not found on the Play Store.
With APKPure, users can download both .apk and .xapk files. XAPKs are games or apps which come with the data file(OBB). Android applications are categorised into Apps, Games, topics on games and apps, installation apps and software as well as an apk verifier.
This open-source Android third-party app store was launched in 2009. Aptoide allows you to download apps and games easily and install on your Android. Android users can choose to install the app or download from the website. But, the easier way is making use of the Android app.
With Aptoide being open-source, users can create their own personalised sub stores and upload new apps. The apps are verifier before published.
Aptoide comes in three different versions;
- Aptoide app for smartphones and tablets
- A version for smart TVs and Set-top Boxes: Aptoide TV
- Aptoide VR and Aptoide Kids for children’s devices.
This Google Play alternative is a good one for developers in particular. With F-Droid, developers can have access to the source code of app easily. It provides free and open-source software for Androids which are well updated regularly.
At F-Droid, you’ll find a repository of FOSS apps, along with an Android client to perform installations and updates, and news, reviews and other features covering all things Android and software-freedom related.
Android devices from Samsung come with a good Google Play alternative. The Galaxy App store provides you with Samsung-made apps as well as other popular Android apps you may want to download.
The App Store has a very neat and friendly user interface with applications well categorised.
And if you may have noticed, some Samsung Android do not come with the Google Play Store. Also, in such Samsung devices, after installing theGoogle play store, it always crashes and stops working. If you’ve got such a device, making use of Google Play Store alternatives is a better option. And the best call of choice is none than the Galaxy App store.
The Palmstore is commonly found on Chinese Android devices which are dominating the Android smartphone market in Africa like Itel. The app comes with a very friendly user interface, with applications grouped into apps, games and also you have a section for videos and music.
Palmstore also gives you the possibility to install all the downloaded apps on-the-go, with a regular update.
What to do before using third-party apps stores or websites
Unlike apps from the Google play store, those downloaded from third-party stores or websites are considered apps from “unknown sources”. To install apps thus from these Google Play Store alternatives, you will have to toggle on “Unknown sources” from the settings. Follow the steps below to do that;
- Go to settings
- Next, to security
- Now scroll down and toggle on Unknown Sources.
Advantages of Google Play Store alternatives
There are tones of good Android apps which one cannot find on the Google Play Store. But with a third-party store, you can download them. Also, another good thing with most of these stores is that you do not need to create an account in order to download.
Just like the Google Play Store, the apps uploaded are the official versions from the developers.