How to Sideload the ScreenCloud Player App on Android Devices

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by Abner Olivieri
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This article will go through how to sideload the ScreenCloud Player app on Android devices.

 

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What Is Sideloading and When Is It Necessary?

There are all sorts of digital signage devices powered by Android, made by a wide range of manufacturers. But not all Android devices are the same or support installing apps the same way. In this article we will take a look at the most common setups you will encounter, which setups will require you to sideload the ScreenCloud Player Android app and how to do so.

For the most part, digital signage devices powered by Android will fall into 3 categories:

  1. Android devices like tablets and TV boxes and Android TV devices like Smart TVs and TV boxes that support the Google Play Store
  2. Android devices like tablets and TV boxes and Android Open Source Platform (AOSP) devices  like TV boxes that do not support the Google Play Store
  3. Smart TVs with an Android powered System on a Chip (SOC) and a custom OS

Simply put, if the device you have supports the Google Play Store, it's very easy to install the ScreenCloud Player Android app. You simply go to the Google Play Store, search for the ScreenCloud Player app and install it. The process is a little bit different on Android TV, but basically it's really simply. Installing an app through the Google Play Store has its advantages, namely automatic updates, which are handled by the Play Store.

If your Android device does not support the Google Play Store you may have to manually install - also known as sideload - the app. The process is a bit more difficult and you don't get the automatic updates which come through installing an app through the Google Play Store, but it's not all that difficult.

Finally, it's important to note that some Android devices simply use Android at a system level, using it to run services, but not really making all the Android settings you'd find on most Android devices. You'll find this most commonly on the Smart TVs with an Android powered System on a Chip (SOC) and a custom OS as we mentioned earlier, and basically in these cases you will have to get support from that manufacturer on how to install an Android app. You'll often run into this with commercial-level Smart TVs powered by Android.

 

How to Sideload the Screencloud Player App on Different Android Versions

Now that you understand which devices will require you to sideload the ScreenCloud Player Android app, let's take a look at how to do this. The process is different for versions of Android 7.0 and below, with Google changing how sideloaded apps are handled in Android 8.0. Instead of having a straightforward setting to simply allow installing apps from "unknown sources", sideloading is now enabled or disabled on a per app basis. For example, if you want to install ScreenCloud Player app after downloading it with the Chrome browser, you’ll have to give Chrome the ability to install apps from unknown sources.

 

How to Enable Sideloading in Android 8.0 and Install the ScreenCloud Player app

  1. Open the "Settings" app
  2. Go to "Apps & Notifications" and then expand the "Advanced" menu and then select "Special app access". Then select "Install Unknown Apps", find Chrome and select it and then make sure "Allow from this source" is enabled. If you don't have Chrome on your device do this for the default browser instead.
  3. Next up, open Chrome - or the default browser, if that' what you're using - go to release.screen.cloud and click on the link of either the Android or Android TV app to download it.
  4. Once the installation file downloads, open it and run the install process and the app will install.

 

How to Enable Sideloading in Android 7.0 and Below and Install the ScreenCloud Player app

  1. Open the "Settings" app
  2. Go to "Security", find "Unknown sources" and make sure it's enabled.
  3. Next up, open Chrome or the default browser, go to release.screen.cloud and click on the link of either the Android or Android TV app to download it.
  4. Once the installation file downloads, open it and run the install process and the app will install.

 

Note that these are the steps to take on a stock Android device but the process may be different on another device. If so, find a guide on how to "install unknown apps" on the device you have.

 

If you have any additional questions on how to sideload the ScreenCloud Player app on Android devices, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

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