Grand Theft Auto is one of the top four most popular video game franchises in the world, right after Nintendo’s Mario and Pokémon, and Tetris. Although the game was originally released in 2013, it is only available (officially) for PS3 and PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Windows. Though the game is focused on consoles and, now, Windows PCs, it has been available to Android devices as an APK install for almost a couple of years now. But a lot of people still don’t know that they can get the GTA5 experience on their Android devices, hence this article. For the iOS version, click here.
How to Install Grand Theft Auto 5 on your Android Device
An APK file is nothing more than an application package file used to install an app on your device. Just like you have .exe or executable files and MSI files for Windows, and .dmg or disk image files for Mac, you have .apk files for the Android operating system.
The process of installing an application using the APK method and a PC is called “sideloading,” which is basically the movement of data from device to device, and as opposed to uploading to or downloading from the Internet or any type of network. But you can also directly download and install an APK file on your device without a PC. We’ll be showing you the second, easier method.
Even if you want to do it from a PC, sideloading an APK file on Android is a relatively easy way to put an app on your device that isn’t from Google Play Store. However, be warned that since these files aren’t “vetted” by Google for security, they are sometimes used to deliver malware payloads, or viruses, to your system.
Also, there are several apps out there that are actually illegal for you to download without permission. GTA 5, for example, hasn’t been released for Android yet, so any APK you find for Grand Theft Auto 5 is basically ripped from the Xbox or PlayStation versions. You should be aware of that before you proceed, because the decision to do so is entirely yours.
The Easiest Way to Install an APK File on Android Devices
The direct download method is easiest. For this, you will need to get the APK file for Grand Theft Auto 5 for your Android phone or tablet.
Direct Download to Device, and Installation
- First of all, download the APK from the source shown above to your Android device after completing the offer.
- Second, go to Settings and Security, and look for Unknown Sources – enable that. On the latest preview builds of Android O, that option has been removed for security reasons, but you should still see an “External Sources” option for trusted sources. Enable that by tapping on “Install other apps” and then enable “Trust Apps from this Source.”
- Next, go to File Manager, tap on the APK file, and the installation should begin automatically. If you are prompted to confirm, do so.
- The app will be installed, and you should be able to see the Grand Theft Auto 5 icon on your home screen.
Note: The external/unknown sources enabling process works slightly differently on each version of Android, but you should be able to download Grand Theft Auto 5 to all Android devices as long as they are on the latest version available to them, including the dev previews of Android O. Make sure you have at least 20 MB of available memory on your device. If it shows an error while saving, try downloading the file and installing the APK again after removing the app and deleting the original APK file.