The best free alternative to Google Play
- Many applications
- Customized stores
- The rollback function
- No parental control
- Less quality guarantee than in Google Play
Aptoide is an alternative application store similar to Google Play. It doesn't require registration and its 300,000 apps and updates install almost instantly. Moreover, it has a comfortable Rollback function that allows you to return to old versions of your favorite apps.
Hundreds of thousands of apps
Aptoide is more than a store, it's a store of stores. Any user can create his or her own app store, filtered using defined categories. You can find everything from specific stores for certain cell phone brands and models to stores with independent games and wallpapers.
The apps download and install directly from Aptoide, which also manages updates. If you're not satisfied with an app after it's been updated, you can use the rollback function to return to an earlier version or even uninstall it completely. You don't ever need to go through the Google Play Store.
In Aptoide there is also a site for apps with adult content. Its visibility can be controlled from the settings. Unfortunately, the lack of parental controls or options for multiple users (and the fact that Aptoide suspends security measures and content control) make it a poor choice for devices accessible by younger users.
As easy to use as the official store
Aptoide makes it easy to download and manage installed apps. The download speed is very similar to that of the Google Play, and managing earlier versions through rollback is intuitive.
The content, on the other hand, is generic and of a poor quality. The reviews are copied from Play or written in a hurry, and it's hard to know which programs are trustworthy (Aptoide goes only as far as placing a green label next to official apps).
Not for everyone
If you want to download apps without going through Google, or if you need an app store for a phone that doesn't support Play, Aptoide is a good solution due to its quality and the number of apps included. What is disappointing is the standard of the content, as it is hard to differentiate good apps from trash. If you are looking for another free alternative, we recommend you to download F-Droid.