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

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How can I verify the authenticity of an APK file I downloaded?

The latest update of Google Maps is unavailable in my country, so I downloaded a version by googling for "Google Maps 5.4.0 apk". I did in fact find it, but now I wonder how I can tell if this is in ...
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comparing signatures of apks

I have two .apk files that are supposed to be different versions of the same app. What is the best way to check if they where both signed with the same key? (I want to make sure no mistakes where ...
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firefox.apk won't install on my tablet [on hold]

I used tablet 'a', installed firefox on it. Then made a backup (using Astro) of its apk. Then copied this apk to tablet 'b' and pressed it to install. The installation began- then after a few runs of ...
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How to download OBB files without using the Chrome/Firefox Extension?

First of all, let me emphasize that I AM NOT TRYING TO PIRATE ANYTHING. My situation is that I have this game which needs to be updated, but I have been failing to finish the update every single time....
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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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Amazon App Store - Location of the downloaded APK

Where does this app store save the downloaded APK file? I have a problem where certain apps will only install when the sdcard is unmounted. The Amazon App store needs sdcard to be mounted
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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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Change desktop icon of an app (.apk file)

I have an app that I like very much, I use it everyday, but I dislike its desktop icon. How can I change the desktop icon of this app ? Should I do it directly by opening the .apk file (with which ...
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Why are APK'S buggier than Play store downloaded apps?

I had downloaded an early copy of some game, as its apk was put on apitoide after the app was available for 15 mins. Its an app that allows you to fling spheres at imaginary monsters. Anyway (Ha-Ha!)...
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Is there a non-app tool for batch backup of APK files?

Just as the other times, an answer to my question shall not contemplate an app from either the Play Store, or any other source. What I'm after, is a tool capable to backup user apps, system apps or ...
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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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google play services is not supported by kindle fire

I installed google play services on my kindle fire 6. Except whenever I try to launch it, it always crashes. And when I try to launch another app, YouTube for example, it says "Google Play Services, ...
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How do I properly install a system app given its .apk?

I removed a system app (com.android.mms) and I have the .apk needed to restore it, however it won't install through the standard channels (running the .apk gives me "application not installed"). What'...
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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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Can Not install Android Wear App

I have been attempting to find compatible apps that are intended only to work on Android Phones and Install them on the android wear device. I recently Have came across a Moto 360 2nd Gen. and a ...
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Call recording problem

I use a Samsungs Galaxy Star Pro GT-S7262 with Jelly Bean 4.1.2. I have installed quite a few call recorder apps from Google Play and though they are recording all the calls, whenever I play back the ...
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Default Launcher Crashing at Reboot, Access only to Status Bar and Settings

I have a Celkon A95 (It’s a lesser known Indian company; specs : http://www.gsmarena.com/celkon_a95-4822.php) and I’m in some serious problem here. The phone is safely rooted and runs Gingerbread 2.3....
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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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I updated to Google Play Services 6.5 and I want to revert back to actual official version

I found the latest 6.5 release for the Google Play Services here. I installed it hoping the smart lock position feature would work and sadly it does not. Since it was the only one for Lollipop I ...
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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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Is it possible to install Chromium on Android?

I really like the Chromium browser, it's quite speedy, but I can't find any functioning downloads for Android. All the sites I've tried so far have the following error while trying to install the APK ...
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How can I download an APK file from the Play Store?

I can't download apps from the Play Store on my Android device (maybe due to a network issue), so I'm wondering how could I download the APK file of an app on my PC from http://play.google.com/store?
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Uninstall apps installed from their APK

I'm developing a game from Unity for Android, I created the first version, uploaded the APK to the phone, tap it, installed, nice. Now I have a new build, if I do the same, it won't install because ...
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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 do I view apk information in Mac OS X?

On windows, I have Android Commander installed so whenever I double click on an APK file, the information about it (ie: package name, version, etc) is displayed. I'm looking for something similar for ...
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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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How to install apk in 2nd user of android 5.0 without playstore

So, android 5.0.2 doesn't allow side loading of apks for 2nd user (irrespective of whether it is guest or standard user). "Unknown Sources" is disabled and is uncheckable. And I use a pure Cyanogen ...
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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 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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What is the procedure for moving user apps to the system partition?

I have read a number of sites that promote this as a simple two step procedure: (Using file manager with root access) 1. cut the .apk file from /data/app and paste it in /system/app 2. change ...
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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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Android app size showing different on play store app than from play store website [duplicate]

I have my app on play store. When I check the listing from the desktop my app size is shown as 8 MB, while if I check the same on the device's play store app, it is shown as 6.75 MB. I checked this on ...
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Discrepancy between sizes of apps listed in Play Store vs. actual installed app size

The Play Store lists the size of all apps available in their store. When a user downloads and installs apps, the actual sizes reported by Android are often larger than the sizes listed by the Play ...
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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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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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Can't install Aptoide

I'm having this problem since I was trying to upgrade Aptoide from 6.5.X to 7.X. I was trying to upgrade Aptoide from inside Aptoide: Installation failed. I was trying to adb install or pm install ...
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Amazon Underground APK download location?

I am trying to download a game for my child in the Amazon Underground app store. The problem is, the Underground app refuses to install under my child's login (it claims to be incompatible with my ...
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How to detect who is downloading apk files in background?

At some point in time my Android phone start downloading some .apk files in background. I assume this is doing some of the free apps what I've installed on my new phone from Google Play (I've ...
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Oxygen OS apk installation Error : Cannot display pdf

When I try and install apk file by clicking from Files App, I get the error message "Cannot display pdf (.apk is of invalid format.)" The system tries and opens pdf reader app, instead of package ...
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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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Update APK Installed App

I recently installed an app to my phone using an APK, because this app is not available in my country. When I looked it up in my Google Play Store (I only get to view this app in my wishlist, because ...
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Will Google play store auto update in future if I install latest store APK manually for now?

I'm desperately waiting for play store to update to 4.9.13, now it's been three weeks since update release and I'm losing control now. I want to ask that for now if I update play store manually with ...
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Install APK on Bluestacks for Mac

How do you install .apk file on Bluestacks for Mac? More specifically, where is the directory for Bluestacks kept and do I have the 'APK Handler'?
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How safe is it to upgrade apps using Aptoid?

I know that there are issues with using Aptoide to install apps on Android. There's a pretty good discussion about this in this other question. If only regarding legal issues, Aptoide is definitely a ...
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Where can I download the stock clock apk for LG G3?

I deleted the stock clock app on the LG G3 (Model D855) without knowing that I need it for the Quick Circle Case to correctly display the Clock Faces when the lid is closed. Do you know a place where ...
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How to run two Messenger applications logged into different accounts?

I have done a bit of research, and that coupled with some programming knowledge leads me to believe that it should be perfectly possible to run two seperate applications of Facebook Messenger. Is it ...
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Removing permissions from apk

I'm trying to remove permissions* from certain bank app to prevent abuse. I've managed to download apk file using emulator (AVD) and appextractor. I've used toolapk to extract the apk file and ...
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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: ...