It’s no secret that Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, is a walking contradiction. He is a staunch defender of free and open source software while also being the head of one of the most tightly controlled corporations in the world. This dichotomy is on full display with respect to app sideloading. For those of you who are not familiar, app sideloading refers to the process of installing apps from outside of the official Google Play store or Apple App Store. Cook staunchly defends app sideloading as a way for consumers to get access to apps that may not be available through traditional channels. However, this view does not sit well with Google or Apple, which see app sideloading as a way for users to circumvent their security measures. In this post, we will explore how app sideloading has come under attack from Google and Apple and what you can do to protect yourself if you engage in this practice.
What is sideloading and why would someone do it?
Sideloading is the process of installing applications or files from a remote location, outside of the app store. Some people do it because they don’t like how Apple handles its App Store; others may want to install an obscure application that’s not available through the official store. For most users, sideloading is a convenience issue – they can install applications without having to go through the hassle of downloading them, verifying their authenticity, and then waiting for them to be uploaded to their device.
How to do it on an Android phone
Android users can sideload apps just like iPhone and iPad users can. To do this, open the Settings app on your Android phone and find the App Store section. In here, you’ll need to scroll down until you see the Unknown Sources option. Tap on this and then tap on OK to confirm that you want to allow apps from outside of the Google Play store to be installed. Next, search for an app that you’d like to install. Once you’ve found it, tap on its title to open its listing in the App Store section of the settings menu. At the bottom of this listing, you’ll see a boxed area called “Install.” Tap on this and then select “Sideload” from the options that appear. Next, locate the file that you wish to install and tap on it to open it in the App Store app. Finally, hit OK to install the app and enjoy!
What to watch out for if you’re doing it
There are a few things to watch out for when sideloading applications on your Android device. First, make sure that you have the latest version of the Android operating system installed. Second, if you’re going to be sideloading applications from untrusted sources, it’s important to make sure that you have a secure installation process in place. Finally, be aware that installing applications from unofficial sources can introduce security risks into your device.