July 18, 2015
How to Get APK Files of Installed Apps on Android Devices
The Android application package file, is the package file format used to distribute and install application software and middleware onto Google’s Android operating system, and certain other operating systems, such as Blackberry 10 Devices with the OS version 10.2.1. When you download apps from the Google Play Store on your Android device, it installs automatically without letting you have access to the APK file but do you know you can get the apk file either for sharing or saving as backup on your device if anything funny happens.
Why You Need the APK file?
Some Android users do install apps from Google playstore and they will think the APK file is of no use. They mostly think that since the app is already installed on my phone, why do I need the APK file again? Anytime Google Play Store installs an app for you and you don’t have the APK file, when you want to change your phone, you will have to download it again. With the APK files of your apps, you are saving your limited internet bundle indirectly and also not all apps are found on playstore. So it’s advisable you have the apk files of installed apps stored on your external memory card.
How Can I get the APK file of your apps
I have different ways to introduce to you so as to get this done but I would only discuss the simple and easy to use ones here.
1. Back up and Restore: This works for ONLY Androids with OS 4.0 and above. There is always a “Back up and Restore” app that is installed on the phone from manufacturer
- Open the app.
- Back up the app you are willing to get the APK file.
- Open your file manager
- You will see a folder “Back up”, that is where your backed up APK files are.
If you don’t have the Back up app pre installed, you can always download app back up and restore application and install it.
2. Flash Share/Zender: This app is used to send apps between Android devices. To get your APK file using Flash Share, send the app to a friend through Flash Share and tell the friend to send it back. Open your file manager, flash share folder, app folder and you will see your APK file there. You can download FlashShare app here if you don’t have.
3. CleanMaster App: This is a app for saving more battery by cleaning background running apps but at same time can also be used to get apk files of already installed apps.
– Download and Launch Cleanmaster App
– Click on App Manager
– Now mark the apps you need their default apk files
– Finally click on backup found at bottom left.
-Your apk files would be stored in cleanmaster/backup folder on your SD card.
That would be all for today, let me know if you need any help.