How To Install APK and OBB Files on Android (Step-by-step Guide)

Here's a step-by-step description of how to install APK and OBB files on Android devices.

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How To Install APK and OBB Files on Android

APK (Android PacKage) files aren’t new to Android smartphone users. I mean, that’s the raw form an app is expressed most especially when it comes from a third party source, that is, a source other than the Google Play Store.

Well, that’s not the aim of the discussion today. We’re going to be looking at how to install APK and OBB files on Android devices. I’m certain we’re familiar with APK files already. And if that’s not the case, I already gave an overview in the first paragraph.

On the other hand, OBB is the abbreviation of Opaque Binary Blob. OBB is a compiled code which developers use to contain encrypted data needed for the APK file to function. OBB file usually contains most of the graphics and media that aren’t found on the APK file.

OBB files are unique to each APK files. For instance, FIFA 2014’s OBB will not work on the APK file of FTS 2018. Although both apps require the present of OBB and data files, they are unique to each one.

That being said, let’s look at the step-by-step description of how to install APK and OBB files on Android devices.

Installing APK and OBB files

In order to do this, the phone user must have downloaded the APK and OBB files from the third party source. You won’t get the OBB file on the Google Play Store, that’s why the emphasis is laid on the third party sources.

Here are links to a couple of APKs with OBB files which you can download:

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How to install APK on Android

After the APK file must have been downloaded, the next step is to install it. You can follow the following guidelines:

  • Allow installation of apps from unknown sources under Security in the Settings menu. If this isn’t done, the installation of the app will be restricted because it wasn’t downloaded from Google Play Store.
  • Proceed to install the app from the folder where it’s located.
  • After installation, do not open the app just yet. This is because the OBB file isn’t in place, hence, you’ll get an error message if you try opening the app.
  • Once installed, you’ll move on to placing the OBB file in the right location.

How to install OBB files on Android

  • First off, the OBB file needs to be extracted from the zip file before any moves can be made. PCs can extract it easily, then it can be sent to the phone. Also, the use of apps such as ES File Explorer or WinRar can help in this extraction process.
  • Once it’s extracted, it needs to be placed in the folder named OBB under Android in the internal memory. If the internal memory isn’t big enough, the external memory can be utilized.
  • If the folder isn’t there, it can be created before you paste the file there.
  • In cases where it is a Data file, a Data folder will be created under the same Android folder in the File Explorer.
  • Once it’s in this location, the app can now be launched successfully without hassles.
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Conclusively, you can try out this easy method to install APK and OBB files on your Android device.

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