How to Auto-Update Android Apps That Aren’t From Google Play

Ben Stegner 27-02-2017

The Google Play Store is home to most apps you could ever need on Android The Best Android Apps on the Google Play Store for 2019 Looking for the best Android apps for your phone or tablet? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for Android. Read More . Whether you want to get the latest games, productivity-enhancing apps, or just download a social network’s app, Google Play has it.


But sometimes the app you want isn’t on Google Play. Android thankfully allows you to sideload apps How to Download and Update Apps on Android Phones and Tablets Wondering how to download apps on Android? Need to install an update for an Android app? Here are the basics of installing and updating Android apps. Read More and directly install APK files without going through Google Play if you like. You might need to sideload an app that was removed from Google Play for violating its terms of service, or maybe you want to completely eradicate Google from your Android phone How to Use Android Without Google: Everything You Need to Know Want to use Android without Google? No Google, no problem. Here's a guide to going Google-free on your Android device to regain privacy. Read More .

Did you know that you don’t have to manually check updates for apps that you’ve sideloaded? The free app APKUpdater from XDA user rumboalla provides a free way to check for updates for any app, not just those from the Play Store. Grab the APK file from the downloads page and place it on your device. Open it to install the app and you’re all set.

How to Auto-Update Android Apps That Aren't From Google Play APKUpdater Android

APKUpdater checks multiple sources for updates, and lets you schedule update checks so you don’t forget to. It supports every version of Android back to 2.3 Gingerbread, and provides notifications when it finds an update. If you want to ignore updates for some apps, you can just add them to a whitelist.

Using this app, you can effectively manage your apps without ever touching Google Play. Combined with a custom ROM, you can free your Android device from Google completely. It’s also great for rooted users who keep a lot of apps installed from outside the Play Store. Give it a try if you fit any of these profiles!


Do you install lots of apps outside Google Play? Let us know if this tool is useful for you down in the comments!

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  1. Mikko Lemmetti
    February 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I have installed few apk-store apps on my Jolla, a Sailfish OS device. The Sailfish community does not encourage installing Google's Play services on a Sailfish device. Still most of the applications for Android work fine on Sailfish devices, be it for instance a telephony application from Yandex store. Some may wine that they'd need the Play services but work anyway.
    Stores like Fdroid and Apkpure have their corresponding applications on their web sites available to download. If one installs an app through these stores then those apps will be updated by these stores as long as the stores are installed. Information about updates is of course received if the store app is open.

  2. sirsupernice
    February 27, 2017 at 11:55 am

    well, the app is nice for checking the newest version..
    but since it only links to the download page of the newest version, you still need to download the updated apk manually.
    so.. its not really auto-updating

  3. Diana L Delaney
    February 27, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Yes this app would be useful.