How to Allow Unknown Sources on Android

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Today, we will learn how to allow unknown sources on Android. This is an important setting that allows you to install applications from sources other than the Google Play Store. Enabling this option gives you more control over your device and allows you to download apps from trusted third-party sources.

Step 1: Open the Settings App

To begin, open the Settings app on your Android device. You can usually find this app in your app drawer or by swiping down on the notification panel and tapping the gear icon.

Step 2: Navigate to Security

Once in the Settings app, scroll down until you see the Security option. Tap on it to access the security settings of your Android device.

Step 3: Find Unknown Sources

In the Security settings, look for the option labeled “Unknown Sources”. This option is usually found under the “Device Administration” or “Privacy” section.


The location of this option may vary depending on your Android version or device manufacturer. If you are unable to find it, try looking under different sections within the Security settings, such as “Advanced Security”.

Step 4: Enable Unknown Sources

To allow unknown sources, simply tap on the toggle switch next to “Unknown Sources”. A warning message will appear explaining the risks associated with enabling this option. Read through it carefully and only proceed if you understand and trust the source of the apps you intend to install.


Enabling unknown sources can expose your device to potential security risks. It is important to only download apps from trusted sources and to disable this option when you no longer need it.

Step 5: Confirm your Selection

After reading the warning message, tap on “OK” or “Allow” to confirm your selection. The toggle switch next to “Unknown Sources” should now be enabled, indicating that your Android device is now set to allow installations from unknown sources.

Closing Thoughts

Enabling the ability to install apps from unknown sources can be useful in certain situations, but it is crucial to exercise caution and only download apps from trusted sources. Remember to disable this option once you have finished installing the desired app(s) to ensure the security of your device.

By following these steps, you can easily allow unknown sources on your Android device and expand your app installation options beyond the Google Play Store.

  • TIP: After installing an app from an unknown source, consider disabling the “Unknown Sources” option again for added security.
  • TIP: Always download APK files (Android installation files) from reputable websites or directly from developers’ websites.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to allow unknown sources on Android. Enjoy exploring a wider range of applications and customizations for your device!

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