October 25, 2020

Android 8.0 Oreo need to manually allow the installation of each “unknown source” app

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Google listed the focus of Android 8.0 Oreo but seems to have forgotten to tell you one thing. When installing third-party Android apps outside of the Play Store, there is no checkbox for “Allow unknown sources”. But we do not need to worry too much because Google just adjusts the place where it appears, and this is pure to control the default security settings. With a global switch, Android 8.0 Oreo users can still use the “unknown source” application.

The overall allowable APK installation package, there is a big security risk.

Although the operation is very convenient if the temptation to install the malware, install the ‘unknown source’ application is still possible to bring potential damage. Even if you initially installed a clean software or game app, but the malware makers can still use the ‘follow-up update’ way to download harmful data.


The latest version of the Android mobile operating system has made significant policy adjustments to the ‘unknown source’ application.

So in Android 8.0 Oreo, Google removed the easy to abuse the “allow unknown source” application of the switch. If you still want to install a developer who is trusted by their own app, you need to manually grant the “install unknown application” license.

Reference: android-developers.googleblog.com