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Need apps on your Android device but unable to use Google Play? Looking for an app banned from the official store? Third party app installers are plentiful, but MoboMarket (currently version 3.0) should be high on your list of alternatives.

MoboMarket: What’s It For?

Ever browsed Google Play and found that the app that you were looking for was no longer available? Perhaps you had the app on your phone previously and it has since been deleted from the store, or maybe it isn’t available in your territory.

Maybe you have found that Google Play won’t accept your payment method for apps, or that your Android device shipped without a store app.

Should any of these scenarios seem familiar, then MoboMarket is the answer. It’s a third party app store for Android users, enabling you to purchase and install apps for smartphones and tablets at least as easily (if not more so) than Google Play.

However, MoboMarket is in a crowded marketplace. Beyond the official store there are many third party alternatives, so why should you choose this particular app?

Installing MoboMarket On Your Device

Installing any app on Android is usually a straightforward task, but MoboMarket is a little different. To begin with, you’ll need to enable Unknown Sources, found in the most recent versions of Android under Settings > Security.

With this change made, launch your Android browser and head over to MoboMarket’s product page and tap on the Download button. Alternatively, here’s a direct download link, or scan this QR code on your phone.

When downloaded, installation should begin automatically; if not, open the Notification Area and tap the MoboMarket download to install it.

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As the app installs, it will request access to a vast selection of permissions (perhaps more than you have seen on any other Android app), which are required for MoboMarket to download and install apps on your phone. These permissions cover all eventualities of the apps you’re installing. For instance, MoboMarket doesn’t need access to make phone calls, but one of the apps it installs for you might. You’re giving permission in advance, essentially.

Once permission has been given, MoboMarket’s installation will complete.

Finding & Installing Apps

Upon launching MoboMarket, you will find that it suggests a collection of apps that you might like to install. You don’t have to accept these. Simply tap Cancel, or toggle the ones you don’t want and click Install to add those you do.

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Apps are split up into three views, Collections, Featured and Rankings, where you can find a great selection of apps of different types, those that are currently being promoted and any that are particularly popular. At the bottom of the screen, meanwhile, you’ll find a Search tool and quick filters to separate Games and Apps.

MoboMarket also includes a clever app suggestion feature which utilises geolocation to determine popular apps nearby and provides recommendations to the user.

Choosing an app to install is similar to Google Play. You select the app, expand the description to find out more about it, swipe left and right to browse through images and screenshots, check the ratings and reviews and tap Download if you’re happy with it, complete with progress meter. There is also the option to share the app if you like it.

Upon your first app install, you’ll be informed about Smart Install, a system that enables you to install multiple apps from MoboMarket simultaneously. Root permission is required for this.

Extra Features: Performance & Tools

As if being a brand new app market for your phone wasn’t enough, MoboMarket also offers additional features that can be accessed by pressing the menu button in the top-left corner of the display.

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Here you’ll find various tools grouped under Performance (RAM Booster and Startup Optimizer), App Manager (displays Updatable apps and a list of those you can Uninstall with MoboMarket), Tools (app Settings, where Smart Install can be disabled and various other functions toggled, Android Cleaner and Connect To PC which uses the desktop app MoboRobo for an AirDroid-style experience) and More (this last option mainly for feedback and home to the About page).

These tools offer good reasons to stick with MoboMarket, with the optimization tools particularly useful. Meanwhile the Uninstaller is fast and effective, and a Force Uninstall button offers the ability to remove pre-installed apps from your system.

Browsing the app market, you’ll find that themes and wallpapers can also be installed. The former requires the installation of MoboLive, an alternative launcher for Android, whereas wallpapers can be added to your device by previewing and tapping Download.

Remember: Google Play Bans Apps For A Reason

Google Play is particularly important for Android users as Google has built it into a trustworthy repository of apps, software that can be safely installed without acquiescing to malicious intent. Put simply, apps that are submitted with malware are rejected.

Google Play is safe.

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So what does MoboMarket offer? With a vast selection of permissions given to the app and no guarantee of the quality of software you install, you need to be aware that there is a chance of apps behaving badly.

This is the same risk you would run with any third party app store. At present, there are insufficient app reviews to make a judgement, which means that everyone using the service needs to pull together to make MoboMarket a success and leave good, informative reviews. Until this happens, you need to rely on apps with a good rating. From what I’ve seen reviewing the service, the majority of apps listed are very popular, which suggests that the selection is curated rather than created as a Play clone. In fact, MoboMarket is actively seeking developers to publish quality applications on their market, and will provide support every step of the way.

Looking For A Google Play Alternative? Use MoboMarket!

A feature-packed third party app store, MoboMarket features a vast selection of good, popular apps and is well-presented and stable, making it the ultimate Google Play alternative.

  1. blademasterraja
    October 31, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Mobo Market was labeled a malware by malware-bytes android app, also, being a former user of the app it got me in all sorts of trouble by discretely installing malicious apps that in turn downloaded and installed other malwares, also the app itself ad pushing tool where it pushes advertisements time and again, the malwares installed were virtually uninstallable because my phone was not rooted and malware-bytes failed, in the end I had to flash the ROM to get rid of it, the problem with Mobomarket is that it is practically unfiltered, perhaps mobomarket may not be the source of all infections, but it sure does hosts apps that definitely are, the best proof that you need is perhaps doing a malwarebytes scan with the mobo market installed and see the infections that it or the apps downloaded from it caused.

    a secondary link to support my case : http://www.hotforsecurity.com/blog/mobomarket-gets-new-users-via-scam-7300.html

  2. lisa
    March 19, 2015 at 5:51 am

    But how can upload my app to Mobo market?

    • Christian Cawley
      March 20, 2015 at 9:54 am

      I suggest contacting them :)

  3. Mobo Sux
    February 3, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Thanks for installing on my android tablet without and intervention on my part and ( without the ability to remove it ) Now that I have a piece of crap I did not want on there and cant remove it, the device is well, infected and useless. Thanks Mobo Crapo Market !

    • Christian Cawley
      February 8, 2015 at 8:58 am

      The suggestion that I or this site would recommend an app that isn't fit for purpose, or indeed an app that would leave your device "infected" is abhorrent. You've clearly something different or installed something beyond the remit of this review.

      I suggest you learn how to uninstall apps, or reset your device.

  4. Earl
    October 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    "You’re giving permission in advance, ...." Pre-approval of additional security for apps you might install??!!!! Only an idiot would think this was a good idea. You may not like Barney's assessment, but if it is not malware itself, it is a malware platform in the making.

  5. Christian Cawley
    October 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Barney, I'm sure if you can present evidence that MoboMarket is malware then MUO will address the claim. However at present your comment is spurious.

  6. Tiffani Poyser
    October 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    *Aptoide*

  7. Tiffani Poyser
    October 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Is this software better than Apitode?

  8. Barney
    October 15, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Sooo, you're promoting malware now?

  9. Mateer Ladnam
    October 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    could anyone please suggest a repository for webapps? most don't realise how much space/resources we can save by using facebook through browsers instead of native apps. Similar for twitter, youtube, etc. (as long as the web app doesn't require flash). would love a good web app store( like the chrome store), and someway to run flash apps in the browser.

  10. michel
    October 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Contrary to your statement that sponsored posts are not biased, everyone knows that if you have even the slightest financial interest, you are biased. I'm willing to believe you try to be honest, but to claim complete objectivity is itself dishonest.

  11. pradeep
    October 14, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    i think android is going to rule the smartphone market....and will cover 95% till 2015 while 5% for iOS and other operating systems.. samsunggalaxysvii.com

  12. Tony Karakashian
    October 14, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Hmmm...seems like it could be a viable alternative, especially to those of us using custom ROMs that don't typically include Google Apps. You could almost build an Android completely without Play. The big drawback, of course, is those apps I've purchased in Play wouldn't be available to me.

    A suggestion for a feature: scan the apps on my phone and provide me the option to replace them with the same versions from the MoboMarket. Keeping data from apps would require root, but who doesn't do that nowadays? :)

  13. likefunbutnot
    October 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    The only third party app store I'd be willing to trust is Amazon. Amazon is open to any device and has the advantage of real curation and customer service.

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