Google has improved its Android app Store a lot in the past few years, but sometimes you need an alternative. For those times, here are 8 great PlayStore alternatives that you should know about right now. While these lesser alternatives may not provide you with all the functionality you may desire, they can come in handy in a number of ways.
Sometimes an app is not available in your region on the official app Store for Android and it is a very valid problem for many people. Thankfully, the PlayStore alternatives do not segment their audience based on the region and provide apps to all of them.
Other times a country may have blocked Google services and the Android PlayStore might not be readily accessible. I faced this issue in Dubai when I last visited. For some reason a few of the apps were not accessible there. It just might be my old Samsung Galaxy S3, but I used one of these app store alternatives to download the app I needed without any hassle. Of course, I had to use a proxy to do so.
Some people also like to keep backups of apps in the form of APK files for later usage. ThePlayStore doesn’t allow us to download a backup of an app, instead, it automatically installs the app on your phone after downloading. So if you want to have a healthy collection of apps which are ready to be installed on any device you want, it is advisable to download them from one of these great PlayStore alternatives.
A word of caution, though, while these Storefronts are well-maintained and have a healthy collection of Android apps, there might be some malicious apps lurking on them. To be honest, Google also doesn’t have a fail proof method of detecting harmful apps on their Store but at least they take them down immediately after discovery.
So, it is highly advisable that you download the apps you need and not go exploring on these PlayStore alternatives. Only download the apps you trust and from the developers that are well known. I have personally scanned several downloaded apps from these websites and found nothing wrong with them so at least the mainstream apps are clean.
However, I recommend that you use common sense and only interact with the apps that you deem essential. This list will show you websites of the respective PlayStore alternatives, some of them may have Android apps that you can download to your PC and install by copying it to your smartphone or tablet. The list is not in any particular order because all of them provide the same functionality with very minor tweaks to the delivery system.
1. Amazon Underground
Amazon launched their line of smartphones and tablets a while back, and they have been fairly successful. The real problem is, Amazon decided to use a highly modified version of Android; thus, Google restricted access to their own PlayStore on Amazon’s devices. Android is a free platform and allows this level of changes being made to it. Thankfully Amazon made their Store with almost every mainstream app available there.
Even if you are not an active user of Amazon’s devices, this PlayStore alternative will help you download some great apps. A lot of other manufacturers may have tinkered with the Android formula and as a result, their devices are not able to access official PlayStore apps.
Amazon underground is the best option to download reliable apps to your device without the worry of them being malicious. I highly recommend this PlayStore alternative because it provides you with a ton of free content. I got a few expensive paid apps for free on this PlayStore alternative.
This particular app Store has been around for a very long time. I distinctly remember using their website to download apps on my Nokia phone almost a decade ago. I also remember getting .jar video games for my Sony music edition phone almost 12 years ago.
This PlayStore alternative is now perhaps the world’s biggest open app Store for Android, and that is saying a lot. There are a ton of apps available here, and some of them are not even available on the Google PlayStore. This Store is expanding at a rapid rate and provides a ton of content for absolutely nothing. The website also comes with advanced filters that can help you locate a certain app with ease.
If you’re looking for an easy to use and reliable PlayStore alternative for your Android device, then this one has all the ingredients you may need. This website comes with an installable client which can be downloaded and run on your PC. After that, you will be able to back up your phone, download apps and wallpapers and even edit contacts.
It is a great application to have on your PC if your default manufacturer client is not up to your expectations. The backup system alone is worthy of your attention. You can easily download and transfer Android apps to your preferred device with this client.
Sometimes you don’t want to sift through hundreds of apps to find the one that suits you best. Sometimes you’re in a hurry to get a perfect app for a certain task. This application manager app provides you access to a well-curated list of Android apps. Unlike other Play Store alternatives, this one handpicks the best of the best apps and brings them to the forefront.
This allows you to get the best experience possible on your preferred device without having to rummage through thousands of apps. The app can be installed on your smartphone as well and from there it is fairly easy to download and install other apps.
This PlayStore alternative has helped me a lot in my research and is still going very strong. This App Store alternative allows you access to some details that are not given at any other place. It is an easy way to know how much space an app will occupy on your Android device. If you’re worried about permissions, this amazing PlayStore alternative has them listed right on the app page.
There are a lot of apps you can search and download from this Store. I especially like how detailed the search feature is on this website. The filter system is also very well implemented and advanced features make this a unique experience for someone who is looking for depth in functionality.
In the market for a simple to use and easily accessible PlayStore alternative? This is perhaps the app just made for you. You’ll need to download the APK file from the website and transfer it to your Android device. From there you just have to install and run the alternative app Store. After that, you will be able to see a ton of apps ready to be downloaded and played around with.
It is a very well designed app with some fairly advanced features. It also houses a very large library of apps that are free of any malicious code or viruses. Although it is not as big as some of the websites we have listed, it still is one of the best ones to have.
7. Opera Mobile Store
Opera has been around for a very long time and by now they have made a name for themselves with amazing browsers. I use their Internet browser to access content which is closed off in my country, and they have worked pretty well. The Opera browser also made it to our best Internet browsers for Android list. So naturally I also tried their mobile Store, and it was pleasantly stocked.
Make no mistake, though; there are a ton of apps there, but they are not at the level we expect from a fully featured PlayStore alternative. However, if you are worried about your security and only want to download apps from reliable sources, this is as reliable as it can get.
F-Droid is free and open source software that allows you to get apps for your Android smartphone or tablet. This is not a traditional app Store and only houses some apps that are made for free. However, if you are into these apps and trends, this is one of the best places to get them. T
he repository of FOSS apps available here can be kept updated by using an Android client which can be installed on the device. It is a clean and hassle free way to make sure the apps stay updated and supplied with fresh content. This Store is listed at the end because of its niche user base. Normal Android users may not find any use for these apps.
These were a few PlayStore alternatives which are not straight up scams. These apps will not try to fraud you or obtain your personal information just to give you one measly app. While they are not as reliable as the official Google PlayStore, they do provide a pretty good service.
So tell me why do you want to download apps from third-party websites? I love to hear your problems and reasons. And who knows, I might have a solution for that as well.