Install unknown apps all disabled / greyed out

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Hi guys

I'm having an issue with my Samsung Galaxy Note fan edition. I tried downloading an APK file and when I click to install it, a screen pops saying I need to uncheck the "allow install unknown apps". The problem is its disabled and there is no way I can move it to enable. I have attached the pictures. Its really annoying I have tried everything from factory reset to disabling any light app to restarting the phone nothing seems to work! I even tried downloading a new file explorer app as someone mentioned to try that and still no result.

I came across many users who had this issue and below are some links that are related to my issue but I still cant figure it out. What is strange is if you look at the picture I have attached, there is a whole bunch of other sources which are all disabled such as Chrome, Drive, Facebook, Gmail etc and there is no way I can enable them to download from these sources.

In the link below, the user said to disable blue light filter as it was interfering with the touch response...I tried this and it doesnt work. But I do believe this could be the issue because I can toggle and click everything else except for the "Enable" push button. I dont remember downloading any screen or light filter hence Im not sure what could be the issue.

https://forums.androidcentral.com/s...-help-cannot-install-3rd-party-apps-apks.html

Would really appreciate it if someone could help because at the moment there is no chance of me downloading any app that isnt available on play store

Thank you

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Hi Diddy!

Thanks for the reply. It worked! It was a security settings issue. Steps below is what I did to solve this issue and I have also attached the screenshots

1. Go to settings
2. Click "biometrics and security"
3. Click "other security settings"
4. Under Device Admin, click "device Admin apps"
5. Deactivate all device Administrator apps. Now you will be able to enable 3rd party apps installation. Once the installation is completed, activate admin apps again

Cheers
 

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Hi Diddy!

Thanks for the reply. It worked! It was a security settings issue. Steps below is what I did to solve this issue and I have also attached the screenshots

1. Go to settings
2. Click "biometrics and security"
3. Click "other security settings"
4. Under Device Admin, click "device Admin apps"
5. Deactivate all device Administrator apps. Now you will be able to enable 3rd party apps installation. Once the installation is completed, activate admin apps again

Cheers

Mine are not like you i have 4 apps 1:find my device 2:Firmware recovery 3:KC Client and 4:Knox Enrollment Service.Only find my device that i can activate/deactivate but the rest i can't
 
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Welcome to Android Central! It could still be something to do with Screen Overlay. Read the article I linked in post no. 2 above.
 

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Check in phone settings Apps tap it>3 dots upper right corner tap>scroll down to special access then tap install unknown apps and toggle on where you want it to download.
If that dont work reset app preference Screenshot_20190814-001122_Settings.jpeg
 

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Yes my phone problem have the same as Leornardo0237's problem. Theres 4 apps in there and even the "DEACTIVATE" button also are greyed too so it couldnt to do so.
Leornardo 0237, is your phone problem solve? If do pls share in here. Im using Samsung A30s. Pls help...
Thanks in advance
 

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my problem is similar but different...i just bought a Hisense android tv. i want to sideload some apps, but the 'download apps from unknown sources ' is greyed out. anyone expeerience this in an android tv?
 

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Hi Diddy!

Thanks for the reply. It worked! It was a security settings issue. Steps below is what I did to solve this issue and I have also attached the screenshots

1. Go to settings
2. Click "biometrics and security"
3. Click "other security settings"
4. Under Device Admin, click "device Admin apps"
5. Deactivate all device Administrator apps. Now you will be able to enable 3rd party apps installation. Once the installation is completed, activate admin apps again

Cheers

I tried that there are no active admin apps and I still can't enable install from unknown sources

Can anyone help?
 

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Welcome to Android Central! You're posting in a 5 year old thread, so it's important to know what the exact make and model number of your phone is, and what version of Android it's running. And just to be clear, are you saying that you want to install apps from unknown sources, but are unable to find the correct setting to allow that?
 

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Welcome to Android Central! You're posting in a 5 year old thread, so it's important to know what the exact make and model number of your phone is, and what version of Android it's running. And just to be clear, are you saying that you want to install apps from unknown sources, but are unable to find the correct setting to allow that?
Yes I can't install apps because they are disabled
 

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You mean the ability to install apps from unknown sources is disabled?

I also asked what the exact make and model of your phone is, and what version of Android it's running.
 

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You mean the ability to install apps from unknown sources is disabled?

I also asked what the exact make and model of your phone is, and what version of Android it's running.
I have a motorola g 5g 2022 version 12 and i disabled my admin apps (find my phone) and the options to install unknown apps are still greyed out. i tried a few things i saw on the internet and none of them worked. i called the phone company and they said that its not allowed and wouldnt tell me how to fix it. is there anyone who knows how i can install apks without this or how to fix this?
 

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I have a motorola g 5g 2022 version 12 and i disabled my admin apps (find my phone) and the options to install unknown apps are still greyed out. i tried a few things i saw on the internet and none of them worked. i called the phone company and they said that its not allowed and wouldnt tell me how to fix it. is there anyone who knows how i can install apks without this or how to fix this?
Welcome to Android Central! Find My Phone wouldn't have any impact on your ability to install apps from unknown sources.

Is the phone managed by your workplace? Or did you add a work account to the phone?

What phone company did you contact -- your mobile service provider, or Moto, or someone else? They typically wouldn't have any insight into this kind of thing, so it's odd that they would say it's "not allowed."
 

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