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I used a Nexus 7 for a couple of years and got a Nexus 10 earlier this year. I installed a number of kids books/games on the 7 and wanted to transfer them to the 10. Now I can't find some of them at the store. Would the APK files still be located on the 7?

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Are you rooted?? –  sameer Mar 17 at 11:34
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Try this instead it is easy you can send the app via bluetooth to anothe phone play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.traber.blueappsender –  sameer Mar 17 at 11:35
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If you are rooted you can go to /data/app in your file manager and can copy the files. If you are not rooted you can use any one of the following app

  1. APK EXTRACTOR
  2. BLUETOOTH APP SENDER
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No, you don't need root to fetch an apk from /data/app/, see other answers, like ES File Explorer. –  Alex Cohn Mar 17 at 20:43
    
Sorry the rythm file manager which I am using does not show /data/app if you did not give root permission –  sameer Mar 18 at 3:59
    
@user32750578: you are right, this directory cannot be listed (ls) by non-elevated user. But APK files in that directory are publicly readable. Which means that you can copy any of them if you know the name. You can use the package manager to find the name of APK you care about, or use application that takes care of that for you. Personally, I like the way ES File Explorer handles this. –  Alex Cohn Mar 18 at 12:52
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Try ES file explorer

Under settings select App Manager and select all apps. And select backup on the action bar below.

A backup of all apps apk is created to your SD card probably under backups folder(or check /set backup folder on your es file explorer, settings-> directory settings )

Now you've got all apps apk.. You can either transfer them through Bluetooth/Wi-Fi /USB connection

You can select system apps too if your phone's rooted

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I strongly recommend using AppMonster (or rather AppMonster Pro) not only for this issue, but in general. It can create backups of all your installed apps, and the Pro version even offers to do so automatically on each install/update. That way you cannot only transfer .apk files to another device (as in your current case), but also have a fall-back available in case an update breaks stuff (or removed features): As AppMonster keeps multiple backups (one per install/update), you can easily revert to any version previously installed. Saved my day more than once.

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Thanks for the recommendation. I tried Bluetooth App Sender and it didn't work. –  user56347 Mar 17 at 12:39
    
I'm using AppMonster for years, it never let me down. Dev is quite responsive and active, so I can recommend it by heart. –  Izzy Mar 17 at 15:22
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Everything you've bought or installed from the Play Store is listed under your account. A lot of the time apps that have been withdrawn from the Store are still visible to people who've used them before in this list:

https://play.google.com/apps

If you look down that list then you should be able to see the apps that you've installed before and push them to any of your devices.

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