Top 8 Google Play Store Alternatives

The one-stop destination for most Android users who want to install apps is Google Play Store, but there are a few problems using the same. One of the major issues is the unavailability of select apps due to geo or legal restrictions, which makes it impossible to install them via the Play Store. However, Geo-blocking is not the only reason why people search for Google Play Store alternatives. Although Google has introduced and improved the measures used to detect and purge apps with Malware, some still sneak in and steal data. Not every “wannabe” Play Store alternative on the web can be considered safe; hence calling for the need of a proper list. So, we created this list, including only the ones that we enthusiasts have been using for years, if not, decades. Moreover, thanks to the way Android is built, it’s easy to install supported apps on Android without much hassle. So, let’s quickly jump in on the list.

1. APKMirror

APKMirror is an excellent Google Play Store alternative that’s trusted by the Android community for downloading apps. While it’s not an app but a website, it’s a huge repository of Android apps. One of the many prime uses of APKMirror is to download the latest version of an app whose update hasn’t landed in your region yet, but downloading geo-restricted apps is also a good use case for the website. The website features APKs and the latest Split APK format by Google, and the platform also has an app to install Split APKs on to your device.

APKMirror Interface

APKMirror verifies the signature of all the new APKs with the original one to authenticate the publisher. The best part about the platform is it keeps track of app versions; hence, if the new version of the app doesn’t work, you could always download the previous version from the same webpage, install it, and it should start working fine again. Overall, APKMirror is one of the best Play Store alternatives for Android.

Download APKMirror

2. Aurora Store

Unlike APKMirror, Aurora is a fully-fledged app store that uses the GPlayApi to retrieve packages directly from Google and display the apps and updates to you. Also unlike many apps on this list, Aurora is completely free and open-source and is hosted on GitHub. One of the main selling points of the Aurora Store has to be its anonymous sessions, where users can start installing apps right away without signing into the app.

Aurora Store Interface

Besides, it uses MicroG for account sign-in so there’s no way Google can spy on you. The app is also customizable with a variety of themes and other features. While Aurora isn’t available on the Play Store, it can be installed from its official website or F-Droid, another open-source play store alternative that we’ll check out next.

Download Aurora Store

3. F-Droid

F-Droid is a free and open-source app store that hosts free and open-source applications. What makes the platform special is it’s home for some of the best open-source applications, and those waiting to be discovered. F-Droid is especially popular among users of the de-googled operating system AKA those who use Android without Google’s services. Although you may find some proprietary applications on F-Droid, the majority of its library only contains free and open-source applications that are not widely known.

F-Droid / Aurora Store Alternative

The official F-Droid app may not offer the best user experience, hence we have F-Droid clients that feature F-Droid’s wide app library but with their own user interface magic. Aurora Droid is a great example of a good third-party F-Droid client. It’s developed by the folks that are responsible for the development of the Aurora Store, another great alternative to the Google Play Store.

Download F-DroidDownload Aurora Droid

4. Amazon App Store

Amazon App Store is another commercial app marketplace that is competing with the Google Play Store directly. While it’s not as comprehensive as the Google Play Store, it’s popular because Amazon preinstalls it on its Fire products and Kindle. The apps are categorized into different sections to enhance discoverability.

Amazon App Store Interface

Upon installation, you are greeted by a screen where you would sign in using your email address. And the UI looks familiar to the Google Play Store’s early iterations. The apps are organized into categories as one might expect. The download and installation procedures are pretty standard for a user migrating from the Play Store.

Download Amazon App Store

5. APKPure

When you search for a specific APK online, you’re likely to stumble upon APKPure. Like APKMirror, it’s one of the oldest Android app-distributing sites. Like APKMirror, it has a huge library of applications and games that you can download and install with ease. There’s also an APKMirror app that you can install to start installing apps from the platform itself, saving you a lot of time.

APKPure Interface

In our experience, leave APKPure as your second resort if you don’t find a desired app on APKMirror. We say this because the homepage of APKPure looks like it has a lot of crappy applications and games that may contain malware; in fact, in our attempt to install a game, it asked permission to access contacts which is suspicious. Overall, if you know what you’re doing, APKPure isn’t a bad choice.

Download APKPure

6. Huawei AppGallery

AppGallery was a dedicated app store for Huawei and Honor devices, but after the US sanction and subsequent Google ban, the company has made its Android app store open to everyone. It means that you can install and use the Huawei AppGallery on any Android device, making it a good alternative to Google Play Store.

Huawei AppGallery Interface

We would still suggest being wary of what you download from the store and the permissions you give since there could be a lot of malware dwelling inside the store. According to Huawei, AppGallery has more than 1.3 million Android apps including all the popular apps and publishers. Apart from that, AppGallery has currently around 400 million users. All in all, if you want a decent Google Play Store alternative, Huawei AppGallery it is.

Download Huawei AppGallery

7. Samsung Galaxy Store

Galaxy Store is an exclusive app store for all Samsung smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, and more. Samsung smartphones do come preloaded with Google Play Store, but most Samsung apps’ updates are managed by the Galaxy Store. Besides, Samsung has recently partnered with many publishers to make its platform widely popular and more profitable to developers.

Samsung Galaxy Store Interface

Fortnite is one such game that Samsung partnered with Epic to bring to the Galaxy Store, which is a blow to Google and to some extent, Apple too because Fortnite isn’t available on both the Google Play Store and App Store due to revenue sharing conflicts. Hence, it’s safe to say that if Samsung keeps at it. Galaxy Store will show great competence with the Play Store and will be a great alternative to the Play Store on most devices. However, for now, it’s a great alternative to the Play Store on Samsung devices only.

Download Galaxy Store or You can find it in the App Drawer on Samsung Devices 

8. Uptodown

Yet another decent app store to download Android apps, Uptodown has been around for quite some time now, and it features a vast library of applications and games that you can install. It has both a web version and an application that stays on your device and updates your apps. One of the best things about Uptodown is it also has Windows and macOS apps, making it a universal solution for those who own both Android and/or Windows/macOS.

Uptodown Interface

The website has over 1.4 million apps with a reported user base of over 450 million monthly users. Developers of some of the most popular apps such as Brave, Truecaller, and PUBG work with Uptodown to bring the latest versions of their apps on the platform. Overall, Uptodown is one of the best Google Play Store alternatives that you can try.

Download Uptodown

comment Comments 17
  • Jeff says:

    Any of thse stores adverse to censorship, specifically will they allow Parler or Gab apps in the store? Asking, because FREEDOM is a rare commodity and PlayStore could care less.

    • kerrhome says:

      I think 1776Hooligan meant this message for you:

      As of yesterday Aptoide carried Parler, but it’s not there today. APKpure isn’t listen here but is a reputable site, and they carry Parler. But I’m not aware of an app for Gab. From what I understand they are 100% browser based, but I could be mistaken.

  • Susan says:

    Stick to APKPURE it is the absolute best app out there take my word I have tried them all in also have 22 KINDLES…

  • says:

    Hi Arjun,
    Thank you for the posting your top Play Store Alternatives.

    • 1776Hooligan says:

      As of yesterday Aptoide carried Parler, but it’s not there today. APKpure isn’t listen here but is a reputable site, and they carry Parler. But I’m not aware of an app for Gab. From what I understand they are 100% browser based, but I could be mistaken.

      • Chris9825 says:

        Parler’s server’s have been shut down by Amazon and their top executives have gone into hiding

  • LLL says:

    Don’t forget to add APK Pure to the list.

  • skarly parks planckton says:

    beyond third party app was have a fost long time ago and some vendor was missing basicaly to some normal consumer of app which some fraud to decompiling files means about apps store details were can saw listed and we’ve can download.
    remembering dev dalvik the physician of android width some android was not have play store it’s a fraud why some get lost the partision to make exchange as vendor means android evozi? left over beyond tittle ling roles thus wanted apps store please donate a full article with correct english gramar.

  • Manikanta says:

    We’ll, I only suggest using 3rd party marketplaces only for developers/tech-savvy. For normal consumers, mobile platform built-in playstore/appstore is recommended because of obvious security issues.

  • Flor says:

    The modern aspect is largely the controls.

  • nifemi says:

    buh i tried downloading frm getjar nd another site still it did not work nd i have done d neccessary stuffs on my phone…pls help me

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  • Anna says:

    Thanks for this post. Very interesting and top play store alternative. Even personally i am using opera mobile store. Great Post.

    • Suraj Padmasali says:

      Most consumers don’t trust anything other than the Play Store.

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