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Old July 15th, 2012, 06:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How can I enable phone to download non-Market apps?

I'm relatively new to Android and am trying to give Avast! Anti-Theft the ability to download non-Market apps in my Samsung GS2 (GT-I9100T), running ICS 4.0.3. Avast! Anti-Theft tells me to "Please enable installation of Non-Market apps in your system settings." However, when I go into my Settings and click on Applications, I don't have an option to download non-market apps. So far as I can tell, the choice to enable non-Market apps doesn't exist in my phone. Have I missed it?

If anyone can tell me where to find that option and how to activate it, or if that option just isn't available to me, I'd be most grateful.

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Old July 15th, 2012, 06:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's under Settings > Security
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Old July 15th, 2012, 05:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Default Thanks, and one further question

Thanks for the prompt and very helpful reply. I'm not sure why Avast! Anti-Theft told me to look under Applications, but I found it where you said it was.

One question: Is it safe for me to leave the selection to access non-Market apps enabled, assuming I don't actually download any non-Market apps myself, or does that enabled present a security risk? I presume that I'm supposed to leave the non-Market apps enabled after I finish installing Avast! Anti-Theft, but I don't want to open my phone up to greater risk if I can avoid it.

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Old July 15th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's safe, since any non-Market app will still require user intervention to actually install.
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Old July 15th, 2012, 06:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks. I figured it probably was safe for that reason, but wasn't sure if some malware existed that could somehow force a phone to download and install a non-Market app.

Again, many thanks for your excellent help.
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It's required to enable non market apps even if you use another market such as Amazon to download from.
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