The biggest and most comprehensive mobile app store, the Play Store is home to nearly 3 million apps and games, catering to just about every need. But still, users are unhappy. Why? Because the official app store doesn't offer the modified apps, streaming apps, and games they really want without having to root their devices, a decidedly risky procedure. Now though, Android users have got everything they want in an alternative app store called ACMarket. Free to use, ACMarket offers thousands of modified games, tweaked apps, and much more.

What is ACMarket?

One of the first and very best Android app store alternatives, ACMarket has thousands of apps and games, not to mention tweaks and a whole lot more besides. There's no need to root your device, and it's all free. That includes premium apps, and even in-app purchases have been unlocked. Here's what you get when you download ACMarket:

  • Works on all Android firmware
  • Rooting is not required
  • Completely free, including all the content
  • Thousands of modified apps, game, and more
  • Choice of themes to customize the app store
  • Safe to use
  • Legal
  • Easy to use
  • No more geo-restrictions

Aside from all this, customer support is second to none. Available 24/7, wherever you are, whatever time it is, support is there to help you. Plus, using their official Twitter feed, you can request specific games or apps, although there are no guarantees the developers can fulfill your request.

All of this is reliant on your installing ACMarket, so here's how that is done.

How to Download ACMarket:

Although this isn't as simple as downloading an app from the official app store, it is still easy enough to do. Just follow these steps as written:

  1. First, you need to allow your device to accept unofficial content. If you haven't done this already, open your Settings app
  2. Tap on Privacy or Security
  3. Find the Allow from Unknown Sources option and enable it using the slider beside it
  4. Close Settings and open your browser
  5. Open and download the APK file
  6. Open your Downloads folder and tap the APK file twice
  7. Follow any directions on the screen to install it and wait for the icon to appear on your home screen

How to Use ACMarket:

ACMarket is as easy to use as the official app store:

  1. Open ACMarket on your device
  2. Tap an app or a game you want to download
  3. If you want to find something specific, use the built-in search bar
  4. Tap Install and follow the directions on-screen to install the app
  5. When you see the icon on your home screen, your app or game is installed

How to Fix Common ACMarket Errors:

ACMarket is stable and reliable, but some users are reporting a series of common errors – these are very easy to resolve:

ACMarket Not Installed

There may be a few reasons why this error will appear and a few solutions – start at the top and work through until the error is fixed:

Method 1: Clear the App Data and Cache

  1. Open your Settings app
  2. Tap on Apps or Manage Apps
  3. Tap on System  >Package Installer
  4. Tap on Clear Data and Clear Cache*

* Android 6.0 Marshmallow users will find these options in the Storage

Method 2: Enable Unknown Sources

Really, this needs to be done before unofficial content is installed:

  1. Open your Settings app and go to Privacy/Security
  2. Tap the slider to enable Unknown Sources
  3. If ACMarket still doesn't work, delete it
  4. Reinstall it, ensuring the option is enabled beforehand

Method 3: Rooted Devices

If you chose to root your device, try these steps:

  1. Using your browser, download a root explorer app
  2. Open it and copy the APK
  3. Go to System and tap App
  4. Ensure that app permissions have been enabled and try again – it should now work

ACMarket Stopped Working

Another common error with several reasons and several potential fixes:

Method 1: Reset App Preferences

  1. Open Android Settings and tap Apps or App Manager
  2. Tap on All Apps>Reset App Preferences
  3. Tap Reset Now

If ACMarket still doesn't work, try this:

Method 2: Clear App Cache and Data

  1. Open Android Settings
  2. Tap Apps or App Manager
  3. Tap on System Apps > Package Installer
  4. Tap on the option that says Clear Data and Cache – in Storage for those on Android 6.0 Marshmallow

If that doesn't work, this will:

Method 3: Enable Unknown Sources

  1. Open Android Settings and tap Privacy or Security
  2. Enable the Unknown Sources option
  3. If ACMarket still doesn't work, delete it
  4. Keep Unknown Sources enabled and reinstall it

Try ACMarket on your Android device today – it is the best alternative app store, incredibly stable and reliable, and completely free to use too. Millions of people are enjoying everything it has to offer – join them and never look back.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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