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APK is the file format used to distribute and install software on Android. APK stands for "Application Package File".

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How can I install an app given only its APK file?

I downloaded the APK file for an app to my PC. How can I install it on my phone?
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How can I download an APK file from the Play Store?

I can't download apps from the Play Store on my Android device (maybe due to a network issue), so I'm wondering how could I download the APK file of an app on my PC from http://play.google.com/store?
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How to install APK files on SDCARD?

I have samsung galaxy 3 (I5801). I have downloaded many APK files from internet. I have no problem in installing APK files. By default when APK file is selected it installs itself to phone memory. I ...
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How do I properly install a system app given its .apk?

I removed a system app (com.android.mms) and I have the .apk needed to restore it, however it won't install through the standard channels (running the .apk gives me "application not installed"). What'...
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Why is “insufficient storage” wrongly reported when installing an .apk via adb? [duplicate]

I have an HTC Desire running Froyo. It is not rooted, nor have I installed any custom ROM. I get an "Insufficient Storage" error when I'm trying to install an app via adb/eclipse. The .apk is only ...
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Is apkmirror.com safe?

Is it safe to download and install Google Play from apkmirror.com? How can I check this is a safe download? Backstory: I had to factory reset my original Samsung Galaxy Tab as it refused to start up....
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Where are the .apk files of currently installed apps stored on my Android device? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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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Amazon App Store - Location of the downloaded APK

Where does this app store save the downloaded APK file? I have a problem where certain apps will only install when the sdcard is unmounted. The Amazon App store needs sdcard to be mounted
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How can I verify the authenticity of an APK file I downloaded?

The latest update of Google Maps is unavailable in my country, so I downloaded a version by googling for "Google Maps 5.4.0 apk". I did in fact find it, but now I wonder how I can tell if this is in ...
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Discrepancy between sizes of apps listed in Play Store vs. actual installed app size

The Play Store lists the size of all apps available in their store. When a user downloads and installs apps, the actual sizes reported by Android are often larger than the sizes listed by the Play ...
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Can not install apks from File Manager or browser?

In the answer to this question I specifically discovered that I could not install the VLC nightlies. It had nothing to do with that answer, which was on a question about which version of VLC was right ...
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Download purchased APK from play store

I am using CyanogenMod on my Android devices without Google Apps (and consequently without the Play Store). Nevertheless, I have a Google account bound to my device ID and have purchased various apps ...
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How do I save purchased apps as APKs?

I am unable to save APK's that I have purchased (actually paid for) through the Play store. Usually SaveAPK is able to save the APKs that I'm interested it, however this didn't work: it sais Copy ...
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comparing signatures of apks

I have two .apk files that are supposed to be different versions of the same app. What is the best way to check if they where both signed with the same key? (I want to make sure no mistakes where ...
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Pulling an apk of paid app from the device

I was pulling the .apk files from the device using the following command: ./adb pull /data/app/com.example.tracker-1.apk When I tried using the same command for the encrypted app as below: ./adb ...
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Is it possible to backup and restore an app with data via ADB?

Basically, I want to install an app with my settings already configured to a bunch of phones. My thinking was Install app on phone 1 Configure Dump app and Data to PC ADB app and data to phone 2 ...
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How to take backup of all installed APKs from Phone to PC? [duplicate]

How do I take backup of all installed apks from my sgs2 to PC using android sdk/ 3rd party tool etc? My phone is not rooted. I can install/uninstall apks using adb, but is there any similar command ...
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How to install apk in 2nd user of android 5.0 without playstore

So, android 5.0.2 doesn't allow side loading of apks for 2nd user (irrespective of whether it is guest or standard user). "Unknown Sources" is disabled and is uncheckable. And I use a pure Cyanogen ...
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How to access Android APKs without rooting

I recently bought a 7" Android ICS tablet as a gift for a friend. Unfortunately it's not a Store supported device, so I can't download from the Store. There are a number of sites that allow you to ...
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Why WhatsApp is suddenly unable to open any APK shared by users?

As of 13-11-18, I was sharing APK files on WhatsApp, for testing apps within a circle of people, with no problem whatsoever. But as of today, if I try to open an apk, I get an error toast saying: ...
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How to extract data from an .APK file?

I want to extract or copy every detail that .apk contain, like for example extracting data from whatsapp.apk or linked-in.apk or twitter.apk. Please note that I dont want to extract my personal data ...
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How can I securely install an older version of Chrome on a device that won't support newer versions?

I have an Android device that runs Android 4.0.2 and can't be updated any further. When I tried to install Chrome from the Play Store, I was told: Your device isn't compatible with this version. ...
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How can I install APK file on Bluestacks app player?

I have created an Android application using Eclipse, and now I'd like to install the APK on Bluestacks which is running on Windows 7. How can I install an APK on the Bluestacks player?
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How to batch install apks from computer to android without actually touching my android

I want to batch install apks from my desktop directly. Such as I downloaded many apks on desktop and want to install apks without actually touching my android
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Get Source Code from an .apk file? [closed]

Having an .apk file, is there any way I can get its source code?
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Read APK permission by shell command

I want to read the requested permissions of an .apk file on the computer (android sdk is installed) via command line. I.E.: $ android read-permissions /path/to/someapp.apk I know this is possible, ...
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Minimal .apks for play store

Introduction I just installed CyanogenMod 10.2 on HTC One X+ and I want to install ONLY the Google Play Store. I know there is Gapps, but I want to have even less apps on my phone than what is in ...
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Are APK files saved on my device when I install from the Play Store?

I used a Nexus 7 for a couple of years and got a Nexus 10 earlier this year. I installed a number of kids books/games on the 7 and wanted to transfer them to the 10. Now I can't find some of them at ...
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Why does the Play Store's download percentage never reach 100%?

I've owned two Android phones so far. While both are HTC ones, I've used several customised ROMs on the older one, so the following does not seem to be specific to one maker or installation. I've ...
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Can I make a flashable ZIP containing one or more APKs

Is it possible to make a ZIP that can be flashed onto a device to add a bundle of applications (.apk files) to the /system/app directory such that it can be flashed after the OS (e.g. CyanogenMod) in ...
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Is there a simple way to undo an app update?

I'd like to revert to the previous version and stick with that permanently. Is that possible? I have Beautiful Widgets installed, and had it set to auto-update. It just did, and the 'update' is ...
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How often does Android have to decompress an app's APK and OBB files?

According to one of great answers to this question, Android has to decompress each application's APK and OBB files before the app can be run. Is this decompression performed each and every time an ...
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Can i get .apk file of my application from a Qualcomm device?

I have deployed my apps .apk file on a Qualcomm device. Now due to my bad luck my laptop on which this app was developed got stolen.So i do not have my app code with me. However i have the device on ...
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Install APK from external_sd

I'm tearing my hair out trying to figure this out. I've read that you can copy an APK file to the SD card and use the browser to activate the installer to install it with this: file:///sdcard/yourApp....
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How to push and install APK files from a PC over Internet?

I want to push AND INSTALL apk files from PC like Play Store does (when I send install signal from web interface). How to do this? Note: The PC and Android device may not be in same Wi-Fi network. So,...
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Why do I get “not enough space” when I copy an APK file to /system/app?

I recently rooted my HTC Desire Bravo because I needed read/write access to /system/app in order to be able to copy an APK file there. I wrote here on stackexchange on the best solution to root the ...
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What process happens when there is a system optimization?

My question is the following: Not long ago I was moving apk, data and .dex files to the directories / data, and they did not show the applications I had manually installed, if not until I rebooted on ...
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What is the APK (and package) name of the Google App?

On my Android 4.1.2 I can see force stop, uninstall updates, clear data, clear cache and view permissions of my installed apps via Settings > Manage apps but I am unable to tell their APK and/or ...
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How do I know which version of Google Play Services to update to?

I have an Android 5.1 system on a Doogee X5 phone, but this question is a bit more general. Suppose I want to update my "Google Play Services" manually, without having a Google Account of any kind. ...
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Change desktop icon of an app (.apk file)

I have an app that I like very much, I use it everyday, but I dislike its desktop icon. How can I change the desktop icon of this app ? Should I do it directly by opening the .apk file (with which ...
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Can I build an APK from an installed app and its data?

I would like to take an installed app, including its data, from a rooted Android device and produce from it an APK suitable for installing on a non-rooted Android device. Is this possible? Edit: ...
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Where is a downloaded .apk placed in Android phones? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where in the file system are applications installed? Where is a downloaded .apk placed in Android phones? I want to backup the .apk files to my PC so that if something happens ...
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What's the cause of “Application not installed” error?

So I just downloaded the nightly version of Firefox (ARMv6) apk and when I install, I get the following error message:- This, isn't a very friendly message.. what could be the cause? How do I find ...
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How to pull the apks from my android phone

I have a rooted android phone. I am trying to pull the applications from /system/app/. However this simply does not copy the apk. What I have tried. adb shell su cd data cd app ls ...
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How do I install a .apk on my Nexus 7 using the browser?

I recently got an Asus Nexus 7 Tablet shipped to me, and want to be able to use all of the .apk files I have saved on my computer (all purchased/downloaded legitimately). Here's the issue: I'm in the ...
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Is there a non-app tool for batch backup of APK files?

Just as the other times, an answer to my question shall not contemplate an app from either the Play Store, or any other source. What I'm after, is a tool capable to backup user apps, system apps or ...
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How do I get Application name from APK file?

When we click on apk file on android phone (assuming allowed installation from unknown sources), Application name appears. Example screen-shot for jackpal.androidterm-1.apk: Now, If I want to get ...
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Decompile/Recompile Apk on Android device

So I am running Phoenix OS and I have installed Termux. Is there a way to decompile and then recompile an apk inside of android. I see this required for Apps here and there but I don't have a ...
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How to install system app on Lollipop as su doesn't exist

I want to install a system apk (its the Dialer.apk) on Lollipop and am following these instructions How do I properly install a system app given its .apk? However after doing adb shell I get an ...
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Get installed apps as APK within Android?

I'm looking for an application that will let me easily export any application I have to APK format (I'm not rooted). Normally, AirDroid does this easily and I love AirDroid for that. However, one of ...