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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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Use a file manager to look in the following locations:

  1. /data/app
  2. /data/app-private
  3. /system/app/
  4. /sdcard/.android_secure (shows .asec files, not .apks)
    On Samsung phones: /sdcard/external_sd/.android_secure

You need to be rooted to view the first three.

Use command pm list package -f (via adb shell if you want to use ADB) to list packages with their respective locations. You can then read the files. This can be done without superuser permissions.

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    Matthew, you can consider an update to the answer. Android need not be rooted to access /system/app/ now.
    – Firelord
    Dec 5, 2015 at 5:32

System apps are found in /system/app/.

The other apps you've installed are found in the /mnt/asec/ directory. See my answer to this question for details.


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