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 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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How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I downloaded the APK file for an app to my PC. How can I install it on my phone?
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How to install APK files on SDCARD?

I have samsung galaxy 3 (I5801). I have downloaded many APK files from internet. I have no problem in installing APK files. By default when APK file is selected it installs itself to phone memory. I ...
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Why is “insufficient storage” wrongly reported when installing an .apk via adb? [duplicate]

I have an HTC Desire running Froyo. It is not rooted, nor have I installed any custom ROM. I get an "Insufficient Storage" error when I'm trying to install an app via adb/eclipse. The .apk is only ...
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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"). ...
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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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Where are the .apk files of currently installed apps stored on my Android device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? How can I view the .apk files of currenly installed apps on my android phone?
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Where is a downloaded .apk placed in Android phones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? Where is a downloaded .apk placed in Android phones? I want to backup the .apk files to my PC so that if something ...
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How do I save purchased apps as APKs?

I am unable to save APK's that I have purchased (actually paid for) through the Play store. Usually SaveAPK is able to save the APKs that I'm interested it, however this didn't work: it sais Copy ...
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Pulling an apk of paid app from the device

I was pulling the .apk files from the device using the following command: ./adb pull /data/app/com.example.tracker-1.apk When I tried using the same command for the encrypted app as below: ./adb ...
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How can I install APK file on Bluestacks app player?

I have created an Android application using Eclipse, and now I'd like to install the APK on Bluestacks which is running on Windows 7. How can I install an APK on the Bluestacks player?
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How to access Android APKs without rooting

I recently bought a 7" Android ICS tablet as a gift for a friend. Unfortunately it's not a Store supported device, so I can't download from the Store. There are a number of sites that allow you to ...
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What's the cause of “Application not installed” error?

So I just downloaded the nightly version of Firefox (ARMv6) apk and when I install, I get the following error message:- This, isn't a very friendly message.. what could be the cause? How do I find ...
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Android market not working on LG GT540 android 2.1

I recently did a factory reset on my LG GT540 and when I boot it up it gives the warning: UIDs on the system are inconsistent, you need to wipe your data partition or your device may be unstable ...
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Get installed apps as APK within Android?

I'm looking for an application that will let me easily export any application I have to APK format (I'm not rooted). Normally, AirDroid does this easily and I love AirDroid for that. However, one of ...
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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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Are APK files saved on my device when I install from the Play Store?

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 ...
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Can i get .apk file of my application from a Qualcomm device?

I have deployed my apps .apk file on a Qualcomm device. Now due to my bad luck my laptop on which this app was developed got stolen.So i do not have my app code with me. However i have the device on ...
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How do I install an apk as a system application?

I'm trying to install an application in the system/app folder of a device. It needs to be done since I'm writing a QAT program and the tests need to run with a few privileges not available to third ...
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How to take backup of all installed APKs from Phone to PC? [duplicate]

How do I take backup of all installed apks from my sgs2 to PC using android sdk/ 3rd party tool etc? My phone is not rooted. I can install/uninstall apks using adb, but is there any similar command ...
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Install APK from external_sd

I'm tearing my hair out trying to figure this out. I've read that you can copy an APK file to the SD card and use the browser to activate the installer to install it with this: ...
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How to push and install APK files from a PC over Internet?

I want to push AND INSTALL apk files from PC like Play Store does (when I send install signal from web interface). How to do this? Note: The PC and Android device may not be in same Wi-Fi network. ...
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Why do I get “not enough space” when I copy an APK file to /system/app?

I recently rooted my HTC Desire Bravo because I needed read/write access to /system/app in order to be able to copy an APK file there. I wrote here on stackexchange on the best solution to root the ...
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Can I build an APK from an installed app and its data?

I would like to take an installed app, including its data, from a rooted Android device and produce from it an APK suitable for installing on a non-rooted Android device. Is this possible? Edit: ...
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How to pull the apks from my android phone

I have a rooted android phone. I am trying to pull the applications from /system/app/. However this simply does not copy the apk. What I have tried. adb shell su cd data cd app ls ...
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How do I install a .apk on my Nexus 7 using the browser?

I recently got an Asus Nexus 7 Tablet shipped to me, and want to be able to use all of the .apk files I have saved on my computer (all purchased/downloaded legitimately). Here's the issue: I'm in the ...
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When extactly does the hangouts_video_call.ogg extracted from hangout.apk?

Two ringtones are extracted from Hangout.apk to /storage/ringtones folder during some system setup phase. To analyze that, I manually deleted the ringtone files from my_files >> Ringtone. Now, no ...
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installing app without copying apk file

How can I install some apps to android without copying the .apk file? I can do the same in iOS. that must be a possible thing, but I couldnt find it neither here nor Google. EDIT: Imagine you want ...