Let's say I install an app on my phone from the play store. Now I want to give this app to a friend. I use an app called File Commander to share an installed app via bluetooth.

Will any settings or data used in my app also be sent with the apk, or just the app itself?

Thank you.

  • Did you pay for it? If you did, legally, you're in violation of the copyright. – rrirower Dec 17 '14 at 22:54
  • i mean free apps not paid – Raminlich Dec 18 '14 at 11:01

Most likely, it is not going to send the app data with the app.

If the only file being sent is an apk (example: angrybirds.apk), then there is no data sent with it. The apk is just the app itself.

However it is possible to send app data. If you are using "File Commander", it would depend on whether File Commander sends app data or not (sorry I don't have this app). It may be an option in the settings, so you could perhaps enable/disable the sending of data along with the app.

  • Full ack. Complementing: As without root usually no app has access to another apps data (few exceptions when signed with the same key, which implicates same dev), if your device is not rooted, this exactly is what happens: only the .apk is shared. – Izzy Dec 18 '14 at 1:06

An .apk file is just the zip of the actual app. It's what you download from the AppStore. It doesn't contain any user data.

The user data is located in /data/data/

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