I can't find Settings.apk file in /system/app directory. I use the latest stock firmware. Where can I find this APK on this device?

  • You can try to do an adb backup (with -system -apk of course) and see if the apk is in the backup. If it isn't, then I don't think it's in any accessible location. Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:18
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    Look also for /system/priv-app. I forget when that started to be used for system APKs, but it may have been there in 4.4. Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:52
  • @ChrisJester-Young : But that will only tell us that Settings.apk exists. How is it gonna tell us the location of it?
    – Firelord
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 17:57
  • If your device is rooted (I assume that, since you can browse the /system/app folder), try file manager that has search feature, like ES File Explorer. When I searched it on Nexus 5 (Lollipop), it's on /system/priv-app/Settings/ just like the answer below... or Samsung doesn't name it as Settings.apk. Instead, could you explain a little why you want to find that APK?
    – Andrew T.
    Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 18:53

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You're right, in kitkat(and up) it maybe deleted from above address but,

I found this on Lollipop 5.0.2 in :


Hope you can find it.

Edit : file founded in KitKat-emulator (API-19) with below address :


Proof :

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  • I've checked — the only related to Settings apk is SecSettings.apk in this directory.
    – artem
    Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 9:36
  • check my answer please, Updated. Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 10:11
  • I believe you, but unfortunately my question is related to Samsung device, not vanilla Android. My directory listing looks like this: pastebin.com/H5WbnDKb
    – artem
    Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 11:23
  • it was on 4.4.2 KitKat not vanilla... anyway, i find this and also : settings.jar in /system/framework. hope , it can help you. Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 13:12
  • Thanks, I'll check it. "vanilla" kernel/OS means "original", without any vendor changes. For example, Android SDK or Nexus devices have "vanilla" android :)
    – artem
    Commented Apr 3, 2015 at 13:15

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