CoolN64 APK sideload tutorial

For devices without access to the Google Play Store, a manual installation option called sideloading is available. The process of sideloading the app is a simple three step process that should take no longer than five minutes to complete.

Step 1: Enable Sideloading

Step 2: Download APK below


Step 3: Install the APK

Disclaimer: It is recommended that you install the app through Google Play if you want automatic app updates.

Enable Sideloading on Android

For security, Android prevents you from installing apps from outside Google Play. This is an added layer of security to prevent you from installing a malicious file, but this setting can be changed.

The steps for enabling sideloading varies based on your version of Android.

Enable Sideloading on Android 7.x Nougat and below

Step #1

Open the Settings app. Head to Settings > Security.

Step #2

Scroll down until you see an entry labeled Unknown sources. Toggle this on, and your phone will display a warning that your device is more vulnerable to attack with this setting on. This warning can be ignored. Tap OK to accept it.

Enable Sideloading on Android 8.x Oreo and above

Note: On newer versions of Android, Google made a change to sideloading to increase security. Now, you must toggle the Unknown sources option per-app instead of globally. This allows you to install from certain apps you often use while keeping others blocked.

Step #1

To toggle this, open Settings > Apps & notifications. Expand the Advanced section at the bottom and tap Special app access.

Step #2

Scroll down and choose Install unknown apps.

Step #3

You’ll see a list of apps on your device that have the capability to install other apps. Select the one you want to install apps through. For this tutorial, we chose Chrome to install directly from the browser. Then enable the Allow from this source toggle.

Download the APK below

You’ll see a warning that the APK can harm your device; tap OK to proceed.
Tap Open in the bottom banner.
If you miss it, you can tap the Download notification or open your Downloads app to reach it.
Follow the install prompt
Once installed, just open it like any other app and you’re good to go.