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APKMirror questions

(Topic created on: 03-12-2023 09:25 PM)
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redsunset2022
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Hello, 
I hope the community and Samsung moderators can give some pointers about APKMirror please.
Over the last few weeks, I have read on the forum boards about using APKMirror to download new versions of Samung and Google apps/modules. This is new to me and some of it sounds interesting but I do have reservations...

- is this the same as 'side-loading'?
- does it invalidate the device's warranty or affect the security agreements we sign up to for using online banking / contactless payments?
- is APKMirror an officially certified source if a module is from Samung?
- is it a security risk i.e. how do we know the file is what it claims to be and hasn't been tampered with? 
- what is the wider risk to phone stability if one module is updated but others aren't perhaps, with dependencies that are not apparent?
- is there another way to get these modules installed, such as through Google/Galaxy store, or waiting until the monthly patch?

Thank you

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Tourbillon De La Vie
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See

https://www.apkmirror.com/faq/

 

I use it, every so often 

redsunset2022
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Thank you, I will read through that. 👍
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JAMES4578
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it is advisable to only use reliable sources,apk Mirror certainly is one of the most trustworthy sites.
https://droidtechknow.com/top-things/best-websites-for-safe-android-apk-downloads/

I do not work for Samsung or make Samsung Products but provide independent advice and valuable contributions.


redsunset2022
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Thank you James.
KP_76
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APK Mirror is the ONLY sideloading site I would recommend, as it's 100% safe. I've been using this site for many years without problem. Of course, there will be various versions of a certain app to accommodate the SoC and Android version, however the app simply won't install if is not compatible with your phone.

Obsydian
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Same site I use for certain apps
Regards Obsydian - (Car & Tech Evangelist)

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redsunset2022
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Thanks for the advice KP_76.