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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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Exploiting Janus (CVE-2017-13156) - what do these error messages mean?

I am working on a school research project about the Janus vulnerability (CVE-2017-13156). Janus is a vulnerability of the signature scheme v1 while installing APKs. I know this does not correspond ...
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Install Split APK Manually

Recently I got to know a thing called split apks, and found the slices as invalid apk files, only the base is. Unfortunately, this means the usual default package installer is unable to handle this, ...
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How to install Android Package manually (without Google Play, adb install, or “Install” click)

Backstory Before we get into question, I will explain what happened in my android. Earlier, I got random bug in my Android that causing my OS got "Half-restored factory settings." By the means Half-...
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How to install Gmail apk on emulator (from Android Development Tools, ADT)?

I'm working on an email app for Android, and I'd like to install the Gmail apk on my emulator in order to test it. How can I do that? I have seen tutorials on how to do it on windows, but I'm ...
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Backing Up Apps With allowBackup=false

I'm trying to back up the apks and preference data for all of the apps on my device, but it only backs up about a third of them; the remainder all have allowBackup=false in their manifests, which ...
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How can I install keyboard for android 4.0.4 on android 5.1.1?

My phone with android 4.0.4 is rooted and I got the SamsungIME apk and odex files, moved them to the phone with android 5.1.1, but when I try to install, it simply says "App not installed". ...
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Phone manufacturer prevents installation of apps signed by third paries, does anyone know a way around this?

I'm trying to put apps on an LG Exalt VN220, which is a flip phone that runs on a limited version of android. Whenever I try to install an apk using adb I get the following message: ...
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How to clear android cached .apk data

I'm developing a mobile application for android and testing with a physical device. I have two versions quite different but same name etc. When I desinstall one apk to test the other, the old one is ...
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On Kindle Fire 8, granting permission to Android apps

This is a modified cross-post from ebooks, but perhaps more of an Android question since Kindle Fire runs on a bespoke Android build. I have a Kindle Fire 8 (7th gen) running on Fire OS 5.3.6.4, ...
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Cannot install any APK file due to “Out of Space” misleading error (plenty of space)

I know there are tons of questions about this, but I have tried many possible solutions to no avail. I believe the "Out of space" error is misleading... I have a problem: I cannot install any .apk ...
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Can I install an APK on a new Android device before the setup wizard runs?

We got a bunch of Google Pixel 2 (Android 8.1) devices for our employees. We want to install the Microsoft Intune Company Portal for Android app and a LOB application. To save time, we don't want to ...
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APK version downgrade impossible on Rooted Nougat 7.0?

From the title it's weird that i've removed a system app and it's data folder from system and data locations by using this batch : abd root adb remount adb shell rm -r /system/app/apkfolder adb ...
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APK install error “App Not Installed” Unity App

Im not particularly sure where to go for this question but this seems to be an error more with Android than my development software. I have created a Unity Application that does not seem to take much ...
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com.android.contacts - need apk file

I want to install standard android contacts app to phone which does not have such. I could not find com.android.contacts package via google search. Where can I get it? (or it's part of android ...
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“10387” using up battery

I have absolutely no clue what this process is. I've never seen it before, and I check the battery usage tab a lot. I'm worried it's a virus or something, although I do have CM Security installed, I ...
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Why Do I Have .APK Files in Every App Folder?

I have noticed .APK files in /Apps/[app name]/ directories and while I thought it supposed to be in /System/Apps/[app name]/ directory would it cause errors if I delete .APK files? I am also ...
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moving legacy app to new device

So I recently bought a new phone and there's this app I have on my old device that is not available in the play store anymore and that I should nonetheless like to move to my new device. I'm ...
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How can I add data to apk?

What I know is: I can get .apk of installed application from /data/app I can get data of installed application from /data/data What I want is: Add/pack this application-data into .apk so-that when ...
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“INSTALL_FAILED_INTERNAL_ERROR” when installing an app on BlueStacks

I need some help with installing an app that I want to use using the BlueStacks App Player. I've downloaded the APK and I have a problem when I was trying to install it. I tried deleting it and ...
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How do I view/edit Java source code from APKs on an Android phone?

As an Android developer, I often need to browse Java source code of APKs. Is there any way or tool that lets me view Java source codes inside of .apk files and be able to edit them on the phone? I ...
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Package cannot be (re-)installed or uninstalled

My device is a non-rooted device. I was trying to install SDMove.apk (sideload) from my ICS tablet. Adb reported: Failure [INSTALL_FAILED_ALREADY_EXISTS] When I issue uninstall command, it reports ...
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Installing APK signed with different key possible through adb install -r?

Android will refuse to upgrade a package, if it is signed with a different key, making me to uninstall first (and lose user data) and re-install. If I install the new APK via adb install -r XYZ.apk, ...
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How to extract a raw apk out of installed application?(Raw for reverse eng purpose)

So I developed an application but my hard drive failed and I lost access to project resources, but I had it previously installed on my phone through android studio debugging process. Now I want to ...
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Faster Install on a bulk of devices

I am currently faced with installing a large amount of applications on a bulk of devices (100+ at a time). The biggest issue I am having is the download time of apps and the effect it is having on the ...
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Installing google play services from APKmirror by command line

APKmirror provides many modern apps as split apk tar files. For example, if I want to install the android webview apk, I can download it from here, and un-tar the .apkm file to produce the following ...
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How does deodexing work?

As far as I understand, odexed apps come in two: the "apk" and the "odex" files, both containing different information. And I understand that the odex file has crucial information ...
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Where are the libraries/dependencies for an Android app stored on the file system?

I found a file path from Where Android apps store data? /data/app/<pkg>*/lib/<arch>/*.so (shared libraries) However, this only shows libraries for some apps. Is there another location ...
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How to use an old version of an app that wants to get updated

I was using an old version of the eBay app and everything worked fine but now as soon as I open the app, it shows a pop-up telling me to update the app which will not let me use it. Changing the ...
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How to install Google Camera on Nokia TA-1053

My phone Nokia TA-1053 is almost stock android with a couple of apps from them here and there. I really dislike their camera app. So, I tried to install Google Camera(since all other apps are from ...
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I'm trying to download Blue Kik, but it keeps giving me the 'App not installed' message

I'm using a TCL LX (which I wouldn't doubt is the problem, due to how bad the phone is) and I'm looking for a simple solution. I've tried installing it multiple times, deleting and re-downloading the ...
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How GBWhatsApp works?

I came across an application named GBWhatsApp. It is developed by some unknown people and there are many sites from where you can download the APK. It's not officially on the Play Store for some ...
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How to verify sideloaded APKs?

I have sideloaded APKs, which are not available on sites like APK Mirror or APK Pure, from Google Play via the Evozi APK downloading service. It is an online banking app, so I want to verify it. How ...
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How to embed an Android app's data together with the app into a new apk file?

I found this Windows program to embed an Android app's data into a new apk together with the app. https://github.com/And42/SaveToGame/releases But it seems it uses old smali, baksmali, apktool files. ...
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How to block app silent installation

Recently I noticed I have opera browser installed. I definitely did not install it because I was sleeping at that time. I checked installation time and revealed it was the day before yesterday ...
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How can I install apk that allowing only installing from google play?

I have apk that I want to edit the assets on him and upload that back to the device. The apk downloaded originally from the google play, and I used apk extractor to get the apk of the app. But when I'...
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Installing a homebrew/linuxbrew formula on an Android device

How would one go about installing a simple homebrew/linuxbrew formula on an Android device via adb? Specifically, I want to install this formula which contains a cli tool called aamath that translates ...
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How to keep track of updates to APK

I use only a handful of apk that are not from Google Play store (for whatever reason). For example Youtube Vanced, GCamera, Blokada. But since they are not in the Play store, is there any way I can ...
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Access Google Now launcher

Google closed their Google now launcher and all devices shows incompatible on Google play store. But I can find its apk on internet. After installing app it won't show up in my settings for default ...
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What are some fast ways to install same apks on 400 android tablet?

I work at a school who wants to implement a modern education system with tablets. There will be around 400 tablet all should have a few applications installed for students to use. I'm planning to ...
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Using same google account on multiple devices

So I have a digital signage application installed on my android tv devices, which I install at various offline stores, which show ads at their stores (remotely configured by me) with my apk (...
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About apk installation

I have doubt on installation of apk file. Where does the apk file store RAM or ROM ? As we know that RAM is volatile memory and ROM is secondary storage and also when is system shutdown, is the ...
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can't install APK on Android device running kernel version 3.10.49

I am trying to install the Android Terminal Emulator by Jack Palevich (https://github.com/jackpal/Android-Terminal-Emulator) I have tried installing various versions of this application, including ...
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How to clone and application with all its files in the same device?

Basically what I want is to have the same app twice, but if I use APK Cloner the new app doesn't have the original's app saved data, so what I want is to clone the data of the original APK to the ...
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App breaks after resigning apk?

For fun and giggles, i got the latest musical.ly apk, i then used this ( https://stackoverflow.com/questions/3267216/can-i-resign-an-apk-with-a-different-certificate-than-what-it-came-with ) to delete ...
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Andoid App install workaround, country device not valid

I have a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (P905 with Sim) and the device itself is great, but I do regularly encounter "This app is incompatible with your device." and "This item cannot be installed in your ...
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Google Play Services: Wrong Architecture. Can't change

So I've got a problem with Google Play services where it's stuck in an arm64-v8a architecture while my phone's is armeabi-v7a. It happened when I tried installing a beta version of Google Play ...
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Settings Bootloop

So I rooted my Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 3rd Gen, and accidently uninstalled the settings apk. Now my Kindle is stuck in a bootloop,and cannot go back. I have no custom recovery installed, and the stock ...
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Download apk with x86 native binaries

Is there a way to download APKs with x86 native binaries (from google play)? With raccoon, I can download APKs directly, but it only add an Note 5 as a device. That causes, that the APKs I download ...
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Best backup strategy (apks and app data)?

I would like to backup my phone a regular basis. TWRP provides a full system backup and recovery option. This is fine but too inflexible for me and bound to the phone itself. I want to backup all ...
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Is there a standard way to identify if a mobile application is native or hybrid by looking at the apk file?

I'm a beginner learning mobile appsec. I just wanted to know if there is a standard way to identify if a mobile application is native or hybrid by looking at the apk file?