iOS users have always had options other than the official app store for their apps and games – Cydia and a whole host of Cydia alternatives. Android users haven’t had that luxury unless they rooted their devices – not many people opted for that because of the risks involved. Now though, there is another alternative – a third-party app store called Panda Helper.
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What is Panda Helper?How to Download Panda Helper on Android:How to Use Panda Helper:Fixing Panda Helper ErrorsPanda Helper Stopped WorkingMethod 1: Reset The App PreferencesMethod 2: Clear Package Installer Data and CacheMethod 3: Enable Unknown SourcesPanda Helper Not InstalledMethod 1: Clear Package Installer Data and CacheMethod 2: Enable Unknown SourcesMethod 3: For Rooted DevicesMethod 4: Clear Your Device
Originally released for iPhone users, Panda Helper is also available in APK format for Android users. It is an unofficial app store, a great alternative to the Android Play Store, offering thousands of third-party apps and games. Many of these are stock apps, tweaked with new, better features and more – along with games with all the restrictions lifted. And you will also find a few tweaks, including game emulators, screen recorders, and many more cool apps and games. It’s all free, and it’s all yours just by following the simple download steps below.
Downloading Panda Helper requires you to
install the APK file directly on your device. It is easy enough to do, but you
must follow these steps as written or it won’t work:
Open your Android phone the Settings app and go to the Security sectionFind and enable the option for Unknown Sources – this is the only way you can install third-party content on your Android deviceNow download the APK for Panda Helper onto your tablet or smartphone from panda-helper.orgFind it in Downloads and tap on it to start the installationWhen it’s done, Panda Helper is on your home screen and is ready to use.
Using Panda Helper to download apps and
games is simple:
Open Panda Helper from your home screenFind the app or game you want – there is a useful search facility if you are looking for something specificTap on your choice of app or game and follow the on-screen instructions to install it
Panda Helper is used by millions of
people the world over, and few issues have been reported. However, there are a
couple of common errors that are easy to fix.
This could happen for a few reasons, and
there are a couple of ways to fix it. Start with method 1 and work through
until something works for you:
Method 1: Reset The App Preferences
This seems to work for most users:
Open your Settings app and go to Apps (App Manager)Find All Apps and tap the menuTap on Reset App Preferences and then tap Reset NowOpen Panda Helper, and it should work.
Method 2: Clear Package Installer Data and CacheOpen Settings and go to AppsTap System Apps > Package InstallerTap on Clear Data and Clear Cache*Try Panda Helper, and it should work
* For those on Android 6.0 Marshmallow,
these options are under Storage
Method 3: Enable Unknown Sources
You should have done this before you
installed the APK to your device – it is the only way to ensure third-party
Open Settings > SecurityFind and enable the Unknown Sources OptionTry Panda Helper again – if it doesn’t work, delete it and start over, making sure Unknown Sources is enabled BEFORE you install Panda Helper
Another error that is simple to fix:
Method 1: Clear Package Installer Data and CacheLaunch Settings and tap on Apps or App ManagerTap on System Apps and go to Package InstallerTap the options to Clear Data and Clear Cache*
* Android 6.0 Marshmallow users will find
these in Storage
Method 2: Enable Unknown SourcesOpen Settings and go to SecurityTap to enable Unknown SourcesIf Panda Helper still doesn’t work, delete it and reinstall it, making sure this option is enabledMethod 3: For Rooted Devices
If your device was rooted before you
installed Panda Helper, try these steps:
Open your mobile browser and download a good root explorer appOpen the app on your device and copy the APK fileOpen Settings and go to AppsCheck that the app permissions are enabled and close it – Panda Helper should work now.Method 4: Clear Your Device
It could be the simplest thing – your
device simply doesn’t have enough space on it. Delete any files you no longer
need, move your media and photos to an external storage device, uninstall apps
you don’t use, and generally tidy things up to give you more space.
If you are trying to install Panda Helper
onto an SD card, it must be mounted correctly. In all honesty, you should avoid
using SD cards – the Package Installer may struggle to read the APK file, and
you could end up with conflicts – stick to using internal storage.
Panda Helper offers Android users a great
alternative to the official Play Store. It’s free, so give it a go today and
see how you get on with it.