How do unknown sources keep turning on? HOW TO FIX?

A phone comes with a wide set of apps and features, some of which are customizable. And this advanced operating system can cause many bugs and errors while functioning. Recently, many Android users have complained about unknown sources that keep turning on while browsing. Even after removing it from the phone’s settings option, it appears again after a few minutes of use. I know it can be a little irritating after a point. To turn off these unknown sources from turning on, read the article: 


We will share a few tricks and formulas to try to fix the issue. Read the following fixes to solve the unknown sources from turning on: 

Restart your phone:

Well, it is no brainer, simple starting your android phone can fix many issues. So before jumping onto new solutions, try this one. Close all the opened tabs and restart your handset. Use your android phone normally for a while, and see if the same unknown occurs. If yes, continue with the next solutions.



Malwarebytes is one of the topmost security tools available for windows and other operating systems. The great thing about Malwarebytes is that it effectively scans and removes malicious files from the system. So, if the Unknown Sources option is turning on due to malware or malicious files, then Malwarebytes will find and remove the culprit. Simply, head to the Google Play Store and search for Malwarebytes. Download & install the app from there. Once downloaded, scan your Android smartphone for malicious files. Once done, restart your computer to check whether the problem persists.

Reboot into safe mode:

Android mobile also has an option of safe mode in reboot form just like windows. Rebooting into safe modes disables all the app functioning except the system apps. So if the unknown source is starting itself, it will automatically stop working into the safe mode. To activate safe mode in your device, google your safe mode key options for your handset. Samsung and Pixel smartphone users need to press and hold the Power Button. On the Power option, tap and hold the ‘power off button. Now you will get a prompt message ‘Reboot to safe mode, tap on ‘Ok’. Once booted into the safe mode, use your smartphone for a while to notice whether the ‘Unknown Sources’ is turning on or not. If it doesn’t, then you need to check the installed apps.

Wipe cache partition:

Wipe cache partition

The system cache partition on Android stores a lot of information in system data. This cache file maintains the android system fast and smoothly. However, if the cache files are outdated, it can cause troubles in the functioning of the phone. It can also be the reason unknown sources keep turning up. Therefore, we have to wipe the cache partition. 

First and foremost, you have to enter the recovery code in the phone. 

Press and hold the power button + home button and volume up button together to enter the recovery mode.   If you still fail to get the recovery code, get the help of the internet to get hold of the recovery code.  

Once you get into the recovery mode, press the volume down button to select “wipe cache partition”. Now, wait till you get the option to reboot the system by pressing the power button.  

Frequently asked questions FAQs

  1. How do I enable unknown sources in guest mode?

Ans: To fix that, head to your phone’s main settings menu, then look for an entry titled either “Security” or “Lock screen and security.” From this menu, simply tick the box or toggle the switch next to the “Unknown sources” entry, then press “OK” on the popup.

2. Is it safe to install apps from unknown sources?

Ans: By default, Android doesn’t let downloading and installing apps from unknown sources as it is unsafe to do so. If you are opting to download apps other than the ones on the Google Play Store on your Android device, you are taking the risk of causing potential harm to your device.

3. How do I fix unknown sources greyed out?

Ans: Scroll down the Settings menu, and then tap on Fingerprints & Security/ Security. From here, you will see the option Unknown Sources is grayed out, and we can solve this issue by disabling some applications.

4. How do I fix an APK not installing?

Ans: Double-check the apk files you download and be sure they were completely copied or downloaded. Try resetting app permissions by going to Settings >Apps>All>Menu key >Reset application permissions or Reset app preferences. Change app installation location to Automatic or Let system decide.

5. Where are unknown sources in settings in MI?

Ans: From your Xiaomi phone home screen, tap to open Settings. Scroll down to the SYSTEM & DEVICE section, choose Additional settings >> Privacy >> Unknown sources. Touch the Unknown sources toggle to turn it on to allow installation of apps, apk files from unknown sources.

6. How do I stop an app from installing without permission?

Ans: Navigate to Settings, Security, and toggle off Unknown sources. This will stop the downloading of apps or updates from unrecognized sources, which can help prevent apps from installing without permission on Android.0+


So these are the fixes you can try to combat “unknown sources keep turning up”. Try them out in case of need and let me know if we were able to help you or not. Drop your comments and views on our article. Do check out our other posts for any fixing required in your digital mediums. 

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