How can I enable phone to download non-Market apps?


  1. HealingHands33

    HealingHands33 Active Member

    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.

    Thanks.

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  2. aysiu

    aysiu Well-Known Member

    It's under Settings > Security
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  3. HealingHands33

    HealingHands33 Active Member

    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.

    Thanks again for your help.
  4. aysiu

    aysiu Well-Known Member

    It's safe, since any non-Market app will still require user intervention to actually install.
  5. HealingHands33

    HealingHands33 Active Member

    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.
  6. OverByter

    OverByter Resident Slide Rule Guru

    It's required to enable non market apps even if you use another market such as Amazon to download from.

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