APK is the file format used to distribute and install software on Android. APK stands for "Application Package File".

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How to batch install apks from computer to android without actually touching my android

I want to batch install apks from my desktop directly. Such as I downloaded many apks on desktop and want to install apks without actually touching my android
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How the name of a song can be displayed when listening to local FM channel in MyRadio?

In MyRadio app, when I listen to local FM channel the name of the song playing is displayed near the channel name. How do they do it? Does the broadcaster do some effort to display it?
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How can I securely install an older version of Chrome on a device that won't support newer versions?

I have an Android device that runs Android 4.0.2 and can't be updated any further. When I tried to install Chrome from the Play Store, I was told: Your device isn't compatible with this version. ...
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How to detect if an apk is from the Play Store or Sideloaded?

I understand that apps are signed by both Google and the developer. How do I detect if an apk is from the Play Store or if it is sideloaded. I'd prefer if the method worked on all major platform ...
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How can I manually download the Play Store APK from Google? [duplicate]

I have a Xiaomi Mi Note that doesn't come installed with Play Store. I'd like to install an APK for it manually, but all resources I've found on the web require me to install a binary from untrusted ...
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Copy YouTube APK from Android Phone to PC

My Question is specific to copying the YouTube APK file from My Android device (Micromax Canvas 4 - Android 4.2, Non-rooted device)to PC/Laptop. The YouTube App is a system app in my device. Below ...
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Where is the apk file stored in android phones?

Where is the apk file stored when it is downloaded from 9apps? I can't find it.
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Does sharing installed apps pose a risk of sharing personal data?

Let's say I install an app on my phone from the play store. Now I want to give this app to a friend. I use an app called File Commander to share an installed app via bluetooth. Will any settings or ...
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Android 5 disable install button of apk files on nexus 4 [duplicate]

After updating my nexus 4 to new android 5 (lollipop) when i open an apk file, the install button not working!! Also i checked unknown source in my device settings. What the problem? please help :(
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How to transfer and install an older version of Whatsapp from one phone onto a another phone?

My whatsapp auto-updated to the new version yesterday which has the blue ticks. Since I am not a big fan of this version, I was wondering if I can install an older version of this app on my S4. One of ...
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I want to play my new game!

I recently downloaded an app off of an unknown site because it was too large to install off of Google Play. It downloaded as an apk and now I do not know how to access it.
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Upload an APK to a non-rooted galaxy s4 mini

I'm trying to copy an .apk to a non-rooted galaxy s4 mini both though adb install (with development mode on) and through windows explorer and in both cases it hangs on uploading the apk. Is there ...
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Move /#/data/app to external SD

Folks I've rooted my device and installed Directory Bind. I'm not sure if I can move the /#/data/app folder to an external SD. There I have all my .apk files. But I seem unable to find this folder ...
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Zipalign Issue with -f Flag

I'm attempting to sift through a folder of .apks, and zipalign them I have the latest ADT My command lies in a bash script, that loops through the folder and my zipalign command is: zipalign -f 4 ...
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Is it possible to install/update apps from Google Store via PC?

A few months ago I was forced to uninstall some apps in order to update other ones. Recently I've lost the ability to receive email notifications via Gmail (searching works, however). All because of ...
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Can't download custom APK files on Cyanogen Mod 7

I'm developing a simple apps for my own purpose using PhoneGap Build. For convenience, I'm pointing web browser, on each device where I want to install & test such app, to application download ...
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Will gingerbread system apk apps upgrade over froyo's?

On my froyo , I just found several apk files of gallery, FMradio, etc etc inside "/" directory using filemanager.. I was wondering if gingerbread's system apps can be used to "upgrade" over these ...
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Android ASTRO Cannot Locate Download Directory

I have placed apk in download directory. I have also downloaded from web into download directory, but ASTRO does not seem to see this directory. In Astro I see / etc lib data (empty) and sd (empty)....
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Is there a way for a signature to be spoofed?

What I'm asking is, can someone modify an app to make it malicious and have it retain the original signature? Not sure how app signing works so I figured you would know best.
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How does the rooting apps (like kingroot) roots the android phones

I rooted my android kit-kat with kingroot. This process took almost 2-3 minutes and it successfully rooted. But what is the process involved in rooting an android phone? I want a very clear ...
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What is .so and .target files ? Can they be install like .obb and .apk files?

I know .obb and .apk files. you place the .obb file in android/obb folder and run and install .apk file and it's done. But visual studio produced these outputs for android that i really don't ...
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Chinese writing pops up as 'notification' grey bar after installing an apk [duplicate]

I recently installed a 3rd party APK and now I randomly get a notification, as shown in the screenshot periodically. I have ran some virus scans on the phone and it seems to be clean. I have also ...
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is there a new version of SignApk? did apk signage has differed over the years?

i ask because i deconstructed and built again an app, without changes, using the latest apktool. no errors were shown but the original has installed itself perfectly while the reconstruction had an ...
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Finding Downloaded APK files in nexus 5

I have a unrooted nexus 5 and i want to analyze google play downloaded app source code but i cannot find any of my apps when i connect my phone to the computer... any one know how can i: Save ...
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How to copy text from android apk APP file to pc(work format)

I downloaded Android APK file and successfully and run it on my pc. But i am not able to select / copy the text from PC. I want to copy from the Android APK to Google docs. Can any one help me os this?...
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apk not installed error

I have been using goodoldgooglemaps apk for years side by side with the installed version of google maps. I prefer the old google maps. I recently had to factory reset my Verizon note 4 and I keep ...
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how to convert android APK file to JAR file and run it on pc with java runtime? [duplicate]

Here is the deal, I have a Apk file, just can run on android phone. Now I take the Apk I want, decompile it or do something can change Apk file to Jar file. Jar file will be a java execution, can run ...
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Can't install apk from Package Installer

I have downloaded an apk from a site, but now I cannot install it; when I'm trying to install, it just returns me an alert / toast message with: Sorry, no application available The Package Installer....
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Why Do I Have .APK Files in Every App Folder?

I have noticed .APK files in /Apps/[app name]/ directories and while I thought it supposed to be in /System/Apps/[app name]/ directory would it cause errors if I delete .APK files? I am also ...
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“app not installed” Replace Rom based app with mod apk without root

I'm facing trouble installing a modded .apk if the same app is already provided in stock Rom. I'm using Micromax canvas E481, not rooted yet. Which has saavn app already installed. I uninstalled it ...
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Installing apps issue

I have Samsung Note 2. I can install neither play store apps nor APK. I can simply download APK, but the installation is never finished. When I download apps from play store, it simply downloads ...
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install apps from guest account

How can I install apps from apk files when I am on guest account? It asks install blocked from unknown sources and goes to security settings. But "unknown sources" option is not available in there. ...
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“App not installed” error

I installed Badland from Play Store. It worked. Then I uninstalled it and tried installing it from Amazon Appstore. Every time I try to install it, I get the installing screen for about a minute (long ...
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GALAXY S6: Can't Install APK, not enough storage: 46.6 GB free. HELP?

I have a Galaxy S6 64gb variant with 46GB of memory left. Whenever I try to install an APK file from somewhere other than the play store, a message pops up saying "OUT of space :APP NAME: couldn't be ...
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Make a app Package For android

I have made a "Security" phone for my personal use. I have about 49 apps and about 7 wallpapers. Can I make a package that when flashed in a Custom Recovery It installs all of the apps and make the ...
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What happen to file we downloaded in bluestack?

I go to bluestack. I download some files some apk. Then what? How can I install that apk? I click an icon that looks like a down arrow and nothing happens
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Execute APK in /data/local/tmp?

I built an APK using Apache's Ant. I also used Ant to install it on a Cyanogenmod device: $ cd Android-PRNG Android-PRNG$ ant debug install ... install: [echo] Installing .../AndroidPrng-debug....
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Deleted my only Launcher and APK - Black Screen. Please help!

I have a Lenovo A806. The device was rooted and I downloaded a root uninstaller from the PlayStore to uninstall some apps that I couldn't otherwise. In the process, among other apps, I deleted the ...
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APK Installation Error

I have downloaded 3 apks: 5.39 MB 1.04 MB 4.32 MB Now, the problem is when I tried to install the first 2 apks, I get an error message. Out of space The apk couldn't be installed. Free ...
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Is disabling an app functionally similar to unistalling it? [duplicate]

I don't know much about how apk and apps in android work. Title says it all. In my specific case, I installed icon packs from a playstore app to be used along with Nova Launcher. Now I want to get rid ...
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About Android and Facebook instances

I would like to confirm something. I downloaded the Facebook apk from here for my brand new HTC Hero. Now I can't run multiple instances of my Facebook accounts. I have one business, and another ...
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How to reinstall Google download manager on rooted MOTO G X1032?

I'm on Android 5.0.2, rooted through Clockworkmod. I have Titanium Backup synced to my Dropbox and a Nandroid image. I deleted the default download manager (stupidly on my Titanium Backup as well) to ...
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Google translate wont picures or highlighted text at all, work on android, speech to text working, simple typed translation too

Google translate APP working fine with simple typing, speech translation too, but picture to text not working I can take picture or load from gallery but it wont read it it starts scanning for text ...
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Executable apk for resolution change

Hi all I'm new to rooting and things connected with it. I buyed a second-hand phone and I found that it's rooted so tried resolution changer. I changed my phone resolution from 960×540 to 480×320. The ...
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Mute an APK file

How to patch an APK file so that its permanently mute? For example if I want to send a game to my friend but don't want him to hear its sound? Can I edit permissions related to Audio?
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Can't reinstall correct version of google play services

I accidentally installed the wrong version of Google Play Services via an apk, and now it's crashing every 5 minutes and the Google apps don't work. I tried installing the apk for the right Google ...
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Where are the initial files stored?

I need to install Google Play Services, but I can't access Google Play to download it. I tried to look for APKs, but none worked - after trying to install any I saw "Application was not installed" ...
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“Invalid APK” error while installing or updating Facebook app on BlueStacks

It's been a while I am trying to update/install Facebook official app on BlueStacks. Every time I try, I get the error INSTALL_FAILED_INVALID_APK. I have tried installing it in many different ways: ...
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error in installation of apps from unknown sources on lollipop

why there is an error in installation when we download apps from unknown sources in lollipop 5.1? It was installing a few days ago but now it is showing 'app not installed' whenever I install games ...
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How often does Android have to decompress an app's APK and OBB files?

According to one of great answers to this question, Android has to decompress each application's APK and OBB files before the app can be run. Is this decompression performed each and every time an ...