The official Android app store is one of the largest in the world. With over 2.7 million apps and games on offer, the app store offers just about any type of app you could possibly want, and it is relatively safe to use. But did you know that the Play Store is not the only Android app store? There are actually quite a few to choose from, and we picked five of the very best stores for you to try.
Top 5 Android App Store Alternatives:
These five stores offer plenty of choice for users, and all are free to download:
One of the longest-serving alternatives to the Android store, Aptoide offers users quite a range of modern apps, such as Fleksy, Facebook, YoWindow Weather, Nest, and a whole heap of the latest games. What draws many users to Aptoide is the lack of strong regulation for apps and games, and here, you will find a choice of NSFW adult content as well as streaming apps like Showbox. Because of the rather loose regulation, it is advisable to use a decent antivirus app if you choose to use Aptoide on your device. You can download online movies streaming apps here.
Opera App Store:
It wouldn’t really be fair to call the Opera app store a standalone alternative to the Google Play Store because every app or game in it defaults directly to the official app store. However, it is a good way for those using the Opera browser to access apps and games without having to come out of it to open the app store.
Amazon App Store:
The Amazon app store offers users a smooth experience and is the standard app store on all Amazon Fire devices. In the store, users will find a wide range of apps, including some of the biggest and best-known. It is also where you will find all the apps that come under the Amazon umbrella, at one time being the only place where users could get Amazon Prime video. This app store works on all Android devices and will work side-by-side with other stores if you want access to more than one. While it doesn’t offer a huge selection of apps, it does have a decent range.
QooApp is rather a different kind of store, catering to those who enjoy games developed by Asian developers. There is a good choice of apps and games, although not all of it is in English, or indeed, in any other than an Asian language. The store is good for those who want Japanese variations of top-selling games such as Final Fantasy Brave Exvius.
AC Market is the most complete alternative to the official Android app store. It offers thousands of Android apps and games, plenty of them from the official store but many that can only be found here, in this store. It is home to hundreds of modified apps, lots of stock apps with new features added, and tweaked games, with all in-app features, unlocked, and new ones added. Given that these are unofficial apps, it would be wise to use antivirus software on your device.
Downloading APK Files:
Some of these app stores require you to manually install the .apk file on your Android device. This is easy enough to do; just follow these steps:
The first step is to allow third-party apps to be installed on your device so open your Settings app
Tap on Security and then enable the option for Unknown Sources by tapping the button beside it
Now close Settings and download the .apk file for the store you want to install
Find it in your downloads folder, tap it and let it install
Once the store has installed, the icon will be on your home page, and you are free to explore it and use it as an alternative to the official Android app store.