I want to know where Google Play stores downloaded .apk files. I've heard that Google Play doesn't send you an
.apk file and installation is completely online. Is it true?
For now, Google sends you APK file and once it is finished downloading it installs it.
Seems the location of temp files is likely to change from time to time and can vary based on OS, as well as what you're downloading. I'm Presently, using MIUI 8.5.3
Downloads from Google Play Store go into different location for New and Existing apps.
New apps (as in you don't have previous version), go into:
- While it's downloading: download.bin.midownload (mostl likely
- Once complete: download.apk (file is deleted some time after the download, usually not immediately after)
Updates to Existing apps
- While it's downloading: #######.midownload (extension is likely OS-specific as well)
- Once complete: ??
Also, the following folder is created when you download new app or an update to existing one (## are numbers): /data/app/vmdl#####.tmp
It's empty during the downloading.