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Best Google Play Store alternative app stores

Authored by: Loie Favre — 3 months ago

The Google Play Store is usually the go-to place for Android Apps, but it’s not the only place. Though Google doesn’t allow other apps stores to be downloaded from within Google Play itself, that doesn’t mean you can’t get them. Here are the best app store alternatives to the Play Store.

To install these apps you must first go into your settings menu, then to security, and finally tick the unknown sources box. This will now let you install apps (or APKs) from outside of Google Play. 

Go here for a full explanation of what an APK file is and how to install them

As a word of warning, enabling unknown settings means the apps installed do not have Google’s seal of approval. And it also means that the apps you download through these stores may not have Google’s seal of approval either.

We’ve done what we can to verify the apps stores recommended here, but be careful when downloading updates or any other apps.

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If you're unsure about the Play Store, here are some alternatives. / © ANDROIDPIT

1. Amazon Appstore for Android

When looking beyond Google Play, the Amazon App Store is the place to start. Here you can get thousands of free and paid apps, as well as paid apps for free.

Amazon gives away a paid app for free every day and using Amazon's dedicated app store is the only way to access them. Amazon also regularly offers free bundles of paid apps (good ones, too). 

Aside from great free titles, the Amazon app store has a huge selection books, movies and songs -- often at lower prices than on Google Play. Download the Amazon app at the link, but be aware that you must have an Amazon account to use the service. 

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The Amazon App Store offers paid apps for free every day. / © ANDROIDPIT

2. GetJar

GetJar is an alternate app store app with a vast 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 others.

GetJar isn’t just for Android phones either, it has cross-platform support (iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile etc), and also employs user comments (likes and dislikes, and Facebook support). 

You can use the GetJar website to download and access apps or you can download the dedicated GetJar app store APK

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

3. Mobogenie

Mobegenie market features many apps which can be found in the Play Store, but claims to have an “intelligent” recommendation system to suggest the best apps for your use.

It’s certainly a more sophisticated and professional looking store, and houses a file manager to organize downloads like ringtones, wallpapers, videos and more.

This combines with a desktop app for easy file management between your computer and smartphone/tablet. It’s easy to navigate, secure and also integrates a backup option.

Download the Mobogenie app here

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Mobogenie is one of the most professional and useful app stores you'll find besides the Play Store. / © ANDROIDPIT

4. SlideME

SlideME offers a variety of 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. 

SlideME's apps can be filtered, with options such as newest, updated, ratings, and 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 the SlideME 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. / © ANDROIDPIT

5. F-Droid

F-Droid can be installed from the official website, and it certainly presents refreshing idea. Unlike other app stores, F-Droid is funded by donations, and the apps themselves don’t have reviews or ratings. But all of the apps contained within there are FOSS (Free and Open Source Software).

It's an excellent app store for developers because anyone can access the code of these apps for free. You might find a particular app feature or functionality which you like and would want to use for your own app, and you can, just access the code and copy it. 

The downside is that the apps are not always as "professional" as can be found in stores like Google Play and the Amazon app store. Still, for developers, it's highly recommended. 

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If you like to support independent developers, or you're one yourself, look no further than F-Droid. / © ANDROIDPIT

What do you think is the best alternative to the Google Play Store? Let us know in the comments below. 

Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.

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  • Esmael Kedir 1 month ago Link to comment

    No 1Mobile mentioned, it should be the 1st and already i have used it for several time.

  • Vítor Duarte 1 month ago Link to comment

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  • Ihsan Ullah Aasim 1 month ago Link to comment

    well these are good but i feel 1mobilemarket more amazing than all

  • crystal Harris 2 months ago Link to comment

    Mobo market is good

  • Cat Purvis 2 months ago Link to comment

    We have created an infographic with some of the top 50 or so stores globally with a very brief description of why you might use them. Which are the best depends on who you are trying to reach and what type of app you are promoting. I can't post a link but if you are interested please go to exiconglobal and its on the blog 16th July with a link to the infographic. Like some of the feedback in the thread
    Hope it helps.

  • blackflag 2 months ago Link to comment

    i don't appreciate what google has done with the whole information sell off tactics they use as well as the changes they make to the android platform without our consent. if i buy something no matter who made it i own it. so what other choice do we have but to jailbreak our devices. i respect google because they are good at what they do and no matter how much i dislike google they still make the best apps dagnamit. but im defiant to the end if they say go left im going right you can count on that. 😈

  • J Gabri-El 3 months ago Link to comment

    1mobile should be close to number 1. The best looking by far. I installed getjar, and noticed that many apps are not offered. When searching the net for an apk removed from Play Store, I remembered I'd used 1mobile before. Aptoide's good, but as mentioned has cache issue. Blackmart can be useful.

  • Deezul Yusof 3 months ago Link to comment

    I am surprised that 1Mobile App was not mentioned and another Aptoide (but Aptoide tends to keep a cache of already updated versions and assume that you are still on the old version - a big minus) But I would say 1MobileApp is the best for the rest of the world , Amazon is US centric , dunno why you select it. As for "Blackmart" it is like the name suggested.

  • Abhiram S. 3 months ago Link to comment

    Can we trust the apps in these markets like play store?

  • John Smith 4 months ago Link to comment

    Please can you give info on site so as to download long vidieos

  • Ashfaq Ahammed 9 months ago Link to comment

    The best way to grab the premium application , just go through this link.

    *admin edit: external links are forbidden*

  • Muhammad Abdullah 9 months ago Link to comment

    App Vn is also a good alternative store. :)

  • Jenni Ferr 10 months ago Link to comment

    You should check these 19 alternative on unity3diy blog

  • Yasin Shahpari Jun 23, 2014 Link to comment

    I use website as market, it free and direct download Site For Download App And Games

  • Mithilesh Parmar Jun 18, 2014 Link to comment

    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 ....

  • bubuskin Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

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

  • Diptangshu M. Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

    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.

  • Bojan M. Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

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

  • Bojan M. Jun 17, 2014 Link to comment

    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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