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Update: After conflicting reports on the timing of the North America release, Arena of Valor is finally playable in North America and parts of South America. This post has been updated to reflect those changes.
Arena of Valor (AoV) will release in a few hours in North America, with a scheduled release for the Nintendo Switch this winter. If you’re unfamiliar with how to install games on your Android device, or if you’re one of the unlucky ones in a region without AoV yet (* ahem * Japan), read on to find out how to download and install Arena of Valor.
How to Install Arena of Valor on Android
For North American players, you can download AoV by visiting its page on the Android app store.
In order to download an app from the Android app store, you first have to have a Google account. Sign up for a Google account and go to the Android App Store on your Smartphone. From there, look for Arena of Valor: 5v5 Game. Once you’ve found its App Store page, click “Install” to begin downloading.
For Users Where the Game isn’t Available
Getting the file
You can get the AoV APK file from Arena of Valor’s site.
Download the file from either your Android device or PC. If you download from an Android device, you will next be prompted to install the game directly. If you download via PC, you will have to transfer the apk to your device before continuing.
How to install the APK file
You will be able to install after you have received the APK file on the device you wish to use to play AoV. Before continuing, however, you will have to allow your device to install from unknown sources. This can be done by going into Settings, and then Security. By default the option will be Off, so you will need to switch it On to continue. After the installation is complete, you may return the setting to Off if you wish as the game will not need it further.
Issue: The game keeps saying the servers aren’t responding.
Answer: This isn’t quite the truth: the game detects you are in an unsupported region and is thereby not allowing you past the update screen. Using any number of free VPN tools will bypass this.
(Note, the Asian server will available through an app provided by Garena, while the European server will be available through an app by Tencent.)
Issue: The app is asking me to download via the appstore.
Answer: There was a problem with your APK. We don’t recommend downloading from any source outside of the official site.
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