How to track updates for the Android apps you didn't get from the Google Play store

How to track updates for the Android apps you didn't get from the Google Play store
In most cases, Android users in the Western part of the globe get their apps from Google Play and don't look for alternative sources. After all, Google Play is so vast in content, there are actual third-party app stores like SlideMe, which exist on the basis of curating the best apps among all the clutter. But if you live in a country without access to Google services, or branched out to other app stores out of curiosity, then you know how difficult it is to keep track of app updates without Google Play doing it for you. 

If you are this type of unique snowflake, an app called ApkTrack can take care of notifying you about updates to apps taken outside of Google's shop. Mind you, it won't automatically download them and install them for you. The idea is, once you know there's an update to app X, and you remember where you got it from, you visit that app store or site, and download the new version yourself. It probably seems like a clunky implementation, but hey, it works for what it is. Grab the .apk file from this link, install it, and and we'll get down to business.

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6 Comments

1. waddup121 unregistered

Trackin like a baus!

2. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Seriously PA? Encouraging people to download pirated apps?!!

3. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Google Play Store is not the only legitimate source of apps. F-Droid and Xposed, for example, have their own app/module repositories. Rather than opening all three applications to check for updates, ApkTrack does it for you.

5. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Many devs encourage direct download from websites, too. Whatsapp, for example, has a few updates ahead on their website compared to the Play Store version. Plus XDA is loaded with useful apps not on the store.

6. yashlg97

Posts: 9; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Hi maherk. I've recently joined PA and have seen that you have been using the s6 edge for quite some time now and since I've also just got an s6 I wanted to ask how is the battery life and how much screen on time do you generally get? Thanks a lot.

4. namesib

Posts: 97; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

I've been using this for a couple of months. It's quite good, but I would like to see changelogs and a way to go directly to the store/app page to install the update (like App Watcher). It would also be nice to specify exactly how frequently it should check for app changes and updates, both on the phone and on the app stores.

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