How to enable app sideloading on your BlackBerry Priv

Out of the box, all Android phones are set so that only applications from Google Play can be downloaded and installed. It's a safety thing, and keeps you from installing those malicious applications you keep hearing about but don't know anyone who was ever affected by them. We think that most users should leave things at the default and enjoy the over one million apps in Google Play, but there is one very good reason to change this setting — the Amazon Appstore.

If the BlackBerry Priv is your first Android phone and you're coming from the BlackBerry ecosystem, there's a good chance you have quite a bit of content in the Amazon Appstore. You don't have to lose any of it!

  • Open the device settings on your Priv
  • Scroll down until you see the entry labeled Security, then tap on it
  • Scroll down and you'll see an entry for "Unknown sources"
  • Tap the slider switch and enable them

You'll get a pop-up window warning you that your phone and personal data are more at risk because you enabled this setting. That's true — you can now install any Android application from any source. Changing the setting can also put you at risk whenever any exploit tries to auto-install an application. But you'll need to enable unknown sources if you want to use apps you didn;t download and install from Google Play.

Just be careful. Never download any file where you don't know or trust the source.

Jerry Hildenbrand
Senior Editor — Google Ecosystem

Jerry is an amateur woodworker and struggling shade tree mechanic. There's nothing he can't take apart, but many things he can't reassemble. You'll find him writing and speaking his loud opinion on Android Central and occasionally on Twitter.

6 Comments
  • HOW THE FUCK IS THIS NEWSWORTHY
    anybody who is going to enable this already knows how to. Anybody who doesn't know about it doesn't need it. Anybody who has no intentions to enable it will never enable it. How the fuck is it necessary to write these stupid articles like "how to take a screenshot" or "how to enable unknown sources" I expect a news story soon called "how to turn on the nexus 6p since you didn't know how to yet you fucktard"
  • Bro, take a deep breath. Android Central is not only a news site, they also do how to's. This post is obviously geared towards someone who is brand new to Android. Go check out Crackberry forums, new priv owners have no idea what Android is capable of and that's OK. Next time, think before you start banging away on your keyboard.
  • yeah you stupid idiot
  • Does this site not endorse F-Droid?
  • Just wanted to mention that the last few lines make it sound like you have to leave unknown sources turned on in order to use the apps and if someone is a noob, they might not understand that. It should be made clear that you only need to check it to install and then you can turn it back off. It's an extra step every time there is an update, but it is safer in the long run if you are worried about apps installing something in the background.
    Thanks, by the way, for your in-depth articles and tutorials on these phones. People need to remember that people switch from iPhone to Android all the time and there are others who are new to smartphones altogether and who might appreciate theses short articles. For the commenter above, If you already knew how to do this stuff then why are you reading this and wasting your limited vocabulary commenting. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No this article is very relevant. As blackberry priv is focused on security, there was an earlier rumour that the priv would not allow 3rd part apps outside the play store.
    Now i got the reassurance i needed.
    I have no more concerns about this phone anymore. Seeya samsung! It was good while it lasted Posted via the Android Central App