Nokia X-series handsets run forked Android called Nokia X Software Platform. It's pretty much in line with Amazon’s version of Android seen on the Kindle Fire. The devices lack popular Google services such as Maps, Drive, Hangouts, Play Store. Out of the lot, you'll miss Play Store the most as Nokia's app repository lacks many popular apps including WhatsApp. To access more Android apps, you can root your phone and install Google's Play Store. Be warned though, the device becomes even more sluggish once it's rooted. Plus, you have to let go of the platform security in the process. So if you're looking for a less risky workaround to get Android apps your smartphone, follow this tutorial.
The great thing about Android is that it plays nice third-party app stores. My personal favourite is Yandex App Store. In case you didn't know, Yandex is Russia's largest search engine. So let's get this app repository first:
Step 1. Fire up the web browser, go to m.store.yandex.com. Click the big yellow Download button.
Step 2. The downloaded APK will show up in Fastlane, click on the setup file to install it.
Step 3. The Yandex Store will now show up on your homescreen. Since people these days can't live without WhatsApp, let's download it first.
Step 4. The downloaded APK will show up in Fastlane. Just like how it's done in the step 2, install it manually.
Yandex has all the apps you'll ever need. Still, just to be on the safe side, let's also get Amazon's App Store. The best thing about Amazon's Store is that every day you get one premium app for free. For instance, today's free app is Amazing Alex.