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I want to free up space on my phone and was wondering if I can delete items in my "downloaded apps" folder. I know on my computer there is a difference between the downloaded file and the installed application and that once the application is installed the downloaded file can be deleted. But I wasn't sure about my phone.

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    What is this "downloaded apps" folder? Where do you see this name?
    – Dan Hulme
    Commented Jan 5, 2017 at 15:40

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Direct answer: Yes you can safely delete the apk you download once it is installed.

Developed answer: Any apk file you download goes to the external storage (either external sdcard or fuse-mounted internal storage that appears as external storage). Installing an apk is just a matter of copying it to internal storage (inside a folder within /data partition). so once installed, the apk becomes redundant, and it is safely to remove the one you downloaded.

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If the folder you are refering has the apks of the apps you have downloaded then they can be deleted since they are not requied for the app to function.

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When I attempt a delete of a file in the downloaded apps folder on 5 June 2017 on my Galaxy Prevail, a box appears advising that the app will be uninstalled.

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