Android users are accustomed to the Google Play Store where one can find apps, games, books or even audiobooks. This basically satiates the user’s needs. It has a vast collection of millions of app that you might think is right for you but what if you don’t seem to find the app you are looking for? Reasons might be many – Play Store’s version of an app doesn’t support your device, or the app is simply not available in your region. Well, Play Store isn’t the only store offering you oodles of apps. There are many third-party app stores that store a large collection of apps, which also offers paid apps for free. These websites store the APK files or Android application package on their website which after downloading, can be installed directly.
Before you quickly log on the websites, go to Settings > Security > Find Unknown Sources and toggle the switch. This lets you install apps from unverified sources. So, let’s jump right in.
Best Third Party Android App Stores:
- Bemobi Mobile Store
- XDA Developers
- Galaxy Store
- Amazon Appstore for Android
APKMirror offers a great experience when it comes to hosting apps. It has over 3 million apps that you can download anytime you want. While APKMirror has no app store, its website is the only thing you need. The UI is eye-pleasing while the navigation doesn’t require much effort. If you want to download an older version of a particular app, it is available here. You can submit apk’s by uploading it on the site, which can be accessed by everyone.
- Colorful UI.
- Easy to navigate.
- Over 3 million apps.
- Older app versions are available.
Aptoide has a wonderful user-interface that mimics Google Play Store so you will feel right at home. This is an open source Android app which houses over 700,000 apps. Aptoide is available for smartphones, tablets as well as for TV, VR, and Kids. This is a safe and secure Play Store alternative. Apps can be downloaded from websites or the Android app.
- Intuitive UI.
- Multiple languages supported.
- Aptoid VR, Kids TV.
- over 700,000 apps.
As the name suggests, this app store is a pure alternative to the Google Play Store. The user interface is clean and vibrant. There are 7 tabs to explore, which is where the magic happens. There is a Games tab where you can explore different games, an Apps tab where you get the latest apps, a Topics tab wherein you can explore hot topics such as Discover, Editor’s Choice, Game on sales, etc. Products in another tab which is a bit technical, consisting options like APK Install, Verification, iPhone App, etc. You can also use the Search bar to find an app. There’s no app for Apkpure but you can freely access the website.
- Fabulous collection of apps.
- ‘Game on sale’ tab for discounted apps.
- Easy share.
- Faster downloads.
GetJar is an open jar of unlimited apps that are available for free. Jump through the three categories to find the app you are looking for. Home gives you the latest apps uploaded on the website/app, Categories consists of a division of apps to search effectively and Apps is an open field where you can scroll for infinity finding the right app. GetJar also contains hacks for your daily apps and games. Download the Android app or surf the website.
- Over 800,000 apps.
- Hosts apps for Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and Android.
F-Droid contains Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) applications for Android. The app can be downloaded from the website for a hassle-free experience. F-Droid is a simple client that lets you find the app you are looking for without wasting any time. Keep in mind though, this is not a usual app store. It contains free-libre software apps that also offer source code of the applications. This lets anyone tweak the application. We advise you to be careful while experimenting with such features.
- Open source software.
- A site for a developer.
SlideMe provides a repository of Android applications which are free to download. The SAM (SlideME Market) app is available in 31 languages. You can also browse SlideMe’s website if you don’t prefer the app. Make sure to create an account for effortless downloads. The website consists of three main tabs – Homepage, Applications, Community. The Homepage gives you a look into the website’s content. Applications tab gives you a concrete list of apps which are downloadable. There’s a Community tab which has conversational threads wherein enthusiastic people can exchange queries and suggestion.
- Provides free and premium apps.
- Safe to use.
- Easy install.
- 31 languages supported.
7. Bemobi Mobile Store
Bemobi Mobile Store is an app store by Opera, the people who gave us Opera browsers. This is an only alternative app store that provides apps for Android, Blackberry, iOS, Symbian and Windows operating system. Bemobi doesn’t have a lot of apps under them, but you can find some retro apps as well. If you want to submit an app, you can do so easily. You can either download Bemobi APK or surf its website.
- Many software supported.
- Easy and safe to use.
- Simple UI.
8. XDA Developers
XDA Developers are ubiquitous. This is a forum website that solves your queries and provides solutions for all mobile-related issues. They provide apps for Rooted and Unrooted devices, as well as giving MODs for various apps. Want to make your Pixel look like a Samsung (or vise versa), don’t look any further. You can tweak phone from any manufacturers, be it Moto, Samsung, OnePlus, Google or LG. XDA folks also flash ROMs that you can download for your phone’s specific OS. Be warned though! If something happens to your phone while trying these experimental features, then the developers won’t be responsible.
- Plenty of hacks.
- Root and Non-root apps.
- Biggest thread available.
9. Galaxy Store
Galaxy Store is a proprietary Samsung store accessible only by Samsung users. The app features almost every app that Play Store has but with a collection of their own app which enhances Samsung phones. There is a total of five tabs which can be freely explored. The Home tab gives you a peek into the app, Explore tab lets you see the week’s hot apps while in the game tab you can see the games available. There’s a separate section for Watch that lets you download themes and watch faces.
- Bundled with Samsung phones.
- Vast catalog.
- Secure apps.
10. Amazon Appstore for Android
Amazon’s app store is similar to all its apps. It will make you feel right at home. This app store lets you search apps, games from their individual tabs and a trending ‘Top Chart’s tab that will tell you the hottest app of the day. Somedays, the apps are on sale so you can download them for half the cost, while sometimes they are totally free. You don’t need an Amazon device to use its app store.
- Collection of music, books, and movies.
- Over 334,000 apps.
- “Free app of the day” feature.
This was our list of the app stores where you’ll find all kinds of apps in apk form. Do you already visit any of the above sites? Which one do you prefer the most? Let us know in the comments section below.