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Is it safe to download Apps (.apk) from third party websites?

Here I want to ask a question:

If due to any reason, I am not able to download app from official Play Store, Is it safe to download Apps (.apk) from third party websites?

For example Viber is not compatible with my Nexus 7 (Wi-Fi only) device and I have downloaded it from a third party website. Is it safe to use? Please advise.

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#1 Raajpoot, Aug 3, 2013
It's pretty much the same boat as rooting, once you step outside of the "official" arena it's possible for things to go wrong. Only you can decide if it's worth it for a particular app on your particular device.
#2 OverByter, Aug 3, 2013
#3 gtbarry, Aug 3, 2013
There are some third party reputable app stores out there. Amazon being one of the larger options, but there are a few others such as getjar.

If your downloading an APK from a website rather than a reputable app store, I'd only trust it if it was the developer you are getting it from.
#4 Rxpert83, Aug 3, 2013
If you want an app like viber that you cant get. Ask in the Applications forum for someone trustworthy (like me lol) to download it and upload it for you.
Want me to get viber straight from the play store for you?
#5 funkylogik, Aug 3, 2013
^This. I've found Amazon much more cooperative about letting me get apps that Play says are incompatible with my device. Once I get the app, knowing it was supposedly incompatible, I can decide for myself...often it works fine.
#6 divinebovine, Aug 3, 2013
I USED to say only download from Play Store and Amazon. I know neither is absolutely 100% safe - but they are as close as it gets.

But lately, I have noticed an awful lot of Amazon Free apps of the Day are blasted in the comments about containing malware and push advertising. Don't know exact numbers, but is seems like about one in ten get blasted by more than just 4-5 users for malware, etc. Now, 10% is not huge. But 10% that they offer in Free App of the Day? Shouldn't those be the apps they inspect the best? Starting to doubt the reliability of the Amazon App Store.
#7 gtbarry, Aug 4, 2013
I uninstalled that Amazon store app within days due to such issues, but I use Amazon freely from the desktop though.
#8 hstroph, Aug 4, 2013
What kind of malware are you guys seeing/seeing reported in Amazon appstore? I think all I've seen is the same kind of advertising crud you see in stuff from Play store too.

Those Amazon free app of the day offerings are usually bloated games with mediocre reviews...never anything useful, never any games I might be interested in.
#9 divinebovine, Aug 4, 2013
Even if you install viber on your Nexus 7, it wont work. Viber uses the device's phone number as an ID.
#10 chanchan05, Aug 4, 2013

It's never safe to use apps from a 3rd party web site. 1: You have no idea what the app has been re-packaged with. 2: Unless the app creator has uploaded it there themselves or has given permission to redistribute, the site in question is not legally offering the app.

If an app is not compatible with your device and you want that app, contact the developer and open up a line of communication. There may be reasons why it's not compatible... if it's merely because it's not been tested on your device, then volunteer to test the app for them.
#11 Petrah, Aug 4, 2013
These two recents come to mimd:

22 June 22
Amazon.com: Abalone: Appstore for Android

1 August
Amazon.com: Escape from the Dead: Appstore for Android
#12 gtbarry, Aug 4, 2013
Thanks all for your replies & time.

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#13 Raajpoot, Aug 4, 2013
I am using Viber on my Nexus 7 without any problem. I have uploaded my contacts to Google Account and they are always synced with my Wi-Fi only device.

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#14 Raajpoot, Aug 4, 2013
What ID are you using? I tried it on a wifi only tablet, and it won't work because it was asking for my tablet's phone number.

Unless you have a 3G enabled Nexus, which means it has a cellular connection.
#15 chanchan05, Aug 4, 2013
I downloaded Viber APK file on my Nexus 7 and asked for the Viber Access Code to be sent to my phone number. Used the code received on my phone and thats all.
#16 Raajpoot, Aug 5, 2013