What are APK files and How Do I Install Apps Via APK On My Android Phone

August 9, 2021

What are APK files and How Do I Install Apps Via APK On My Android Phone


Terrence Wang

Terrence Wang


Step-by-step instructions and details on how to install apps, including the FreightPath Driver App, on your Android device using an APK file.


What to Know
- Allow Chrome to install unknown apps by going to Settings > Apps > Menu > Special access > Install unknown apps.
- Download an APK file and open it to install it.
- If you want to use an app from outside of the Google Play Store, you can install the app's APK file.

This article explains how to install apps via an APK file, including the FreightPath Driver App, on Android 7 or later.

Allow Unknown Apps on Android

Before you can download APK files using Chrome or any other browser, you must first allow unknown apps:

  1. Go to your device settings and tap Apps & Notifications (or Apps in older versions of Android).
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
  3. Tap Special Access in Android settings
  4. Tap Install unknown apps.
  5. Tap Chrome (or whichever web browser you use)
  6. Move Allow from this source to the On position.

Now that you've configured your phone to let you install unknown apps, you can install apps via APK, including the FreightPath Driver App. Lost the download? Find the APK file here.

What Is an APK?

If you normally install apps on your Android device using the Play Store, you've likely never heard of an APK file.

An APK (Android Package Kit) is a type of file that installs an application for Android. It's just like an executable (EXE) file for Windows or a package installer (PKG) for Mac.

If you've ever installed an Android application from the Google Play store, then you've actually used an APK file without realizing it. When you tap the Install button, Google Play automates the process of transferring the APK file to your phone and running it for you.

Why Does FreightPath Use APKs?

While the FreightPath Driver App is listed on the Play Store, we encourage users to install the App via APK to guarantee the latest updates as soon as they're available.

Due to a number of additional review and listing policies Google has implemented over the past year, they have made it harder and harder for software companies like FreightPath to provide you, our users with up-to-date software in a timely and efficient manner.

Thus, we've chosen to take control of our App's release and allow you to download it freely via an APK file. Our team of security experts has made sure that it's safe for your device and your data.

We're still committed to doing our best to update our App on the Play Store, but due to review timelines it can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks behind the most recent APK on our website.

Do not download FreightPath APKs from sites other than freightpath.io or the Google Play Store.

“With FreightPath, the ability to track freight, complete paperwork, and share updates within seconds has become invaluable; not just for my team but for my customers and carriers too.”
Tandricus Thomas, Dispatch My Load
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