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Best Google Play Store alternative app stores

Loie Favre
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There are many countries that ban Google and therefore the Google Play Store. There are also countries that can access it, but are limited to free apps and games. In another scenario, some devices don’t have it pre-installed, like Kindle tablets. Finally, many users are simply opposed to the use of Google products, including the Play Store. Today we are going to talk about alternative app stores for if you can’t access the Google Play Store, or just choose not to.

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Please note: If you have an Android device and wish to install apps outside of the Play Store, click the previous link to access the tutorial.

GetJar

GetJar is an alternate app store app that has a huge array of free apps to download. These can be filtered with the categories (and subcategories), which are mostly the same as in the Google Play Store, such as Productivity, Finance, Photos, among other choices. GetJar isn’t just for Android phones either, it has cross-platform support (iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile etc). To be able to get the GetJar app on your device, you must first go to the mobile website in a browser app and install it. GetJar also has user comments (likes and dislikes, and Facebook support). There is also a Getjar Gold system and rewards app which provides tailored apps and lets you win rewards to then get premium apps and upgrades, free of charge.

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GetJar offers a large selection of apps for Android and other operating systems. © GetJar / AndroidPIT

SlideMe

Another alternative app market is SlideMe, which offers free and paid Android apps, which are also rated by users from the site’s large community. What's more, all apps in the database have been manually approved after testing. The apps can be filtered, with options such as newest, updated, ratings, as well as other categories, like education, lifestyle, languages etc. The app is available in multiple languages and many currencies are accepted. The SlideMe app can be installed for free from their website.

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Thanks to the rigorous manual testing of each app, you are sure to discover some great new applications for your Android device. © Slide Me / AndroidPIT

Amazon Appstore for Android

Amazon also has an Appstore for Android, where you can get thousands of both free and paid apps....and sometimes paid apps for free. The apps are divided into various categories, including new releases from the last 30 or 90 days, and they are also rated by users. In order to get the app store on your Android device, you must first ensure that apps from Unknown sources is accepted like mentioned in the linked tutorial above. Then you need to install the App Store or scan the QR code. Another way is to have a link sent to your mobile number or email. When the download is complete, tap on the AmazonApps-release.apk, press install and then open. If you don't have an account, you will be asked to set one up. Kindle Fire users will already have this store pre installed.

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The Amazon App Store offers paid apps for free every day...and they are mostly good ones. © Amazon / AndroidPIT

F-Droid

Another app store is F-Droid, which you can install from their website. This app in particular offers apps which are free and have open source software (FOSS), which allows anyone to use or copy the freely licensed software in any way. Unlike other app stores, F-Droid is funded by donations. The apps themselves don’t have reviews or ratings.

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If you like to support indie organizations, look no further than F-Droid. © F-Droid / AndroidPIT

AppsLib

Appslib is a bit different from the others in that it offers apps for Android tablets only. You can install the AppsLib app from the website and onto your tablet, where you must then create an account. Apps are approved to ensure that they are optimized for tablets, and are split up into categories. Payments are done via Paypal and you can also get some information from other users with ratings and comments. To create an account, you must choose a device from the list, and unfortunately, there aren't that many brands, mainly Archos, Arnova, iMuz, Lazer, Naxa, TouchTablets and Lenco tablets, among other ones.

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I wasn't able to install this app on my Nexus 7 2013, only a select amount of Android tablets are supported. © AppLibs / AndroidPIT

AndroidPIT App Center App

In addition to our fabulour AndroidPIT: News, Forum and Apps app, we also have an App Center app where you can install free and paid apps on your Android smartphone or tablet. You need to install the AndroidPIT App Center App, and are able to discover tons of great apps.

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Don't forget the AndroidPIT App Center app © AndroidPIT

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  • Henry B. 6 months ago Link

    Best one is AndroidPIT App Centre obvs

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    • Mo Vaid 6 months ago Link

      Sorry but Aptoide is way better.

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    • Random Username 6 months ago Link

      Is it even a real app store or does it just redirect to the Play Store like TegraZone?

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    • Bojan M. 6 months ago Link

      Sorry, not even close. AndroidPIT once was an app store, now it's just the app list which redirects you to play store.

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 6 months ago Link

        also the app-"store" is completely buggy when reading news with it, e.g. scrolling problems etc.

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    • Jenni Ferr 4 weeks ago Link

      http :/ /bit .l y/1wTSVy9 19 alternatives

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    Tom Cat 6 months ago Link
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      Loie Favre 6 months ago Link

      Thanks Tom Cat!

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 6 months ago Link

      just a tip, use a space between the link and the brackets, especially closing brackets or else links can get broken.

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  • Geoff Totten 6 months ago Link

    To bad getjar now crashes for me on opening, sent them an email, but nothing happens and I have LOTS of apps I have paid through paid.

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    Sanjai Joseph 6 months ago Link

    Blackmart alpha were you can download any paid apps for free

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      Loie Favre 6 months ago Link

      I personally think that developers who want money for their apps should be paid. Most of the time, they aren't even asking for much. AndroidPIT doesn't support pirating apps, and only getting paid apps for free when the deal is officially closed with the developers themselves.

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      • Chris Rinaldo 6 months ago Link

        I agree Loie! Especially those devs that are good honest app makers with no alterior motives beyond helping us do things more easily

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        Loie Favre 6 months ago Link

        Agreed! There are of course those who will abuse but I think for the most part it's easy to tell.

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      • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 6 months ago Link

        I would only use that methods to TEST an app without demo or alike before buying, or at the time where I had no method of paying at the credit card only times...

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  • Chad_Higgins 6 months ago Link

    wow nobody said One Mobile Market which is what i use!

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      Loie Favre 6 months ago Link

      Cool! I'll keep that in mind. Thanks for your input.

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  • Jeff Goldfinch 6 months ago Link

    I like aptoid .the mobigenie one feels dodgy to me .it always has spammy ads saying you have viruses when I know I dont

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      Loie Favre 6 months ago Link

      I checked out mobigenie and I could not agree with you anymore!

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  • Balamurugan Bala 6 months ago Link

    others too
    1market,
    mobile9,
    operamini store.,

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  • Pratik Patil 6 months ago Link

    You forgot Blackmart xD

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      Loie Favre 6 months ago Link

      Someone else mentioned it above, to which I stated that we don't really support pirated apps because developers deserve the support and if they ask money for their apps, it's because the app is (supposed to be) better, have no in-app advertisements and other perks. If you are looking to get paid apps for free, I would recommend Amazon Appstore, they have different paid apps for free or discounted daily.

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  • Athul Nair 6 months ago Link

    i prefer blackmart

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  • Bojan M. 6 months ago Link

    I like Amazon Appstore the most. They do offer a paid app for free every day. Some really amazing apps had their turns. A funny thing happened: one day I bought SwiftKey and the next day it was for free :D but I didn't care, SwiftKey is an amazing app, absolutely worth the money.

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    • kapil 6 months ago Link

      Swift keyboard is free even in playstore from last week ..

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  • Bojan M. 6 months ago Link

    It's obvious I was talking about period before that ... Still, that's not my point.

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  • Diptangshu M. 6 months ago Link

    He he! I got SwiftKey the day it was free on Amazon and I've been using it for writing this comment even now. Thanks to SwiftKey Cloud, I'm getting their premier theme pack.

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  • vargaf 6 months ago Link

    I think F-Droid is more good than Aptoide and SlideME. It has lots of open source apps.

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  • Mithilesh Parmar 6 months ago Link

    Where is blackmart...its the best app store where we can download tons of apps and games for free even the paid apps for free ....

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    • Philipp Junghannß (My1) 6 months ago Link

      that's piracy and therefore forbidden in here. read the comments before uttering such, well you know what I mean

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  • Yasin Shahpari 5 months ago Link

    I use http://apks.org/ website as market, it free and direct download Site For Download App And Games

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  • Jenni Ferr 4 weeks ago Link

    You should check these 19 alternative on unity3diy blog

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