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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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“App not installed” when trying to install APK

I'm trying to install an apk file on my device, and I'm able to press the Install button, but after a few seconds, I keep receiving this error: App not installed. What is the root cause of this ...
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I side loaded an apk game which now asks me to update but I don't know how to do that. Please help. I have three games now wanting updates. Thanks. AB

I side loaded some games on my Android phone and all are now asking for updates. What do I do? I cannot get past the update screen.
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Sign apk as system application while flashing

I have created an application which uses interfaces and classes as well as permissions from the hidden API. Now I would like to create a flashable zip file which installs the apk as system app. If I'm ...
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How do you download an apk file on sd card?

I want to download an apk file to my sd card so I can take that sd card and put it in my nook to get google play? I honestly don't know what I'm doing and I have an older model of the nook color. I ...
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Getting “Error code -507” from the Play Store and “Install failed, user restricted” when installing an APK

I have a Chinese-branded phone from Spreadtrum. I can't install any apps both from the Play Store and APK. Play Store gives "Error code: -507". Installing an APK using ADB gives "Failure [...
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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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Is it safe visiting Droidmodapk.com? [closed]

Should I visit Droid Mod Apk site for Android Apps?
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Possibility of installing two versions of Google Play Store

Few days ago I tried to install two version of Google Play Store simultaneously. I used APKTool in order to change package name (it's a standard procedure for this purpose). I aligned and signed new ...
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Third party apps installation when 'unknown source' option is disabled

Instead of using my company phone, I set up my company email account (MS Exchange Active) on my personal phone. So now I can organise and overview my private and work events in the calendar etc. Also ...
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Unable to install .apk from /system/priv-app

I moved my apk file to /system/priv-app just as you adviced me in this thread. When I'm trying to install it through clicking this .apk, Android said me that "The application has not been installed". ...
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Downgrade skype on Android to before Microsoft ruined it

I have downloaded a few apk's from APKmirror removed skype from my Nexus 5x adb install -r -d com.skype.raider_7.34.0.114-119668850_minAPI15\(armeabi-v7a\)\(nodpi\)_apkmirror.com.apk 5486 KB/s (...
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Accumulation of APK's?

I just noticed a folder on the internal memory of my Samsung Galaxy S4 with name SmsContactsBackup that has an accumulation of APK's. You'd think that folder name indicates one of those Android backup ...
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How to extract icons/iconography from APKs

I just want to know if it's possible to break open an APK (say from Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, Instagram, YouTube) to get their unique iconography sets (for personal UX concept works and uses only, ...
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Share apk via bluetooth

I have to receive an apk by bluetooth to my phone, but i can't do it, because in my phone(nexus 5 running android 6.0.1) blocks the file, the devices are paired, I tried with others files like images, ...
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Not able to install app using adb command

I have a broken screen in my device due to that i am not able to take back of contact and other data. I am trying to use vysor chrome plugin which installs an app and cast the screen in to web ...
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TWRP recovery: “pm install /path/to.apk” not working

I'm making a flashable zip for TWRP, to debloat my phone. I also want to install apps in the same script. However, when I do "pm install /path/to.apk" (whether in a script or through the terminal) I ...
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Why does Android keep APK files of installed apps?

Android keeps APK files of installed user apps in /data/app directory and system apps in /system/app directory. Does it mean Android extracts the dex files from the APK files every time the app is ...
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Download, install, and run Android App that is not available in my country

I am actually interested to download certain apps from Play Store. However, the app that I wanted to download (in this case, Android Auto) is not available in my country. Previously, I managed to ...
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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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Can't install app from APK

I have a Jadoo4 USB-stick that runs on Android, similar to Chromecast. It has an app to watch live TV from East Asia. I made an APK of that app, but whenever I try to install it on other devices (...
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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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How are “ShareIt”,“Xender” etc able to install APK without requiring “unknown source” permission?

Normally, if I have to install an apk(say from SD card), I need to enable “Unknown Sources” in my phone's settings. But when I transfer and install any APK from another phone using "ShareIt", no such ...
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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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Minimum required apps for Android AOSP? [closed]

I am building AOSP Android 5.1 to run on custom hardware that should run a single APK application (as a launcher). The hardware has a camera, speakers, microphone, wifi and LCD screen. There is no ...
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Why is this app install failing as incompatible and can it be force installed?

I've used the Yell app for ages (com.yell.launcher2). It's recently updated and should be compatible with modern android (and is listed as compatible with 4+). I'm using LineageOS (=7.1) on a rooted ...
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Android APK installing method

I want to know how the APK installing in Android exactly works. E.g. a downloaded APK is installed when I press 'install' but there is some process, right? I want to know that. Inside the APK of the ...
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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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android app install overwrites /data/data/com.my.app

Background: As part of an upgrade to A6/MM, I ended up having to wipe my phone. I did however back up /data/app and /data/data before I wiped. After the upgrade I rsync'ed /data/data back to the phone....
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Applications are not installed with adb restore

I have non-rooted Android 7.0 device (NVIDIA Shield Tablet) which was previously backed up with adb backup -apk -shared -all -nosystem -f mybackup.ab But restoring it with adb restore mybackup.ab ...
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Is there some way to get the new APK from Google Play Store sooner?

For example, Pokemon Go 0.57.2 was available on apkmirror.com for 4, 5 hours now, but still it is not on Google Play. Is there any way to get it from official source sooner? I mostly trust apkmirror....
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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 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 to tell what architecture an APK is intended for?

I am writing a script to test a large quantity of apks. Some run on x86 and some run on arm. Is there a way I can tell which apks are intended for which architecture? I have looked through the ...
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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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Where to get com.android.calendar for Android 4.0.3 from?

I accidentally deleted the package com.android.calendar. Now it refuses to sync my Google Calendar. Where can I get this specific package to install it back to /system using Link2SD? Model ...
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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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BT Notifications.apk — cannot ftp this apk

I bought an android watch from Amazon, the printed directions say to download an apk from an IP address with ftp: thufir@doge:~/.bluetooth$ thufir@doge:~/.bluetooth$ ftp 120.24.66.245 Connected to ...
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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?
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Galaxy s2 stuck in flight mode

I am attempting to unlock my old galaxy s2 without needing to reset it. My original plan was to get the pin wrong 5 times, then unlock using google account. However, when I inserted the sim card I ...
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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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Can APK Editor be used to increase the location/GPS Fix Interval?

I want increase location fix updates for Google Maps location history (currently 10-15secs) and other location calls on my android Marshmallow device. Can this be achieved by something like APK Editor?...
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Install multiple apk packages with a single apk file

I've noticed that some system android apps (or packages) contain more than one apk. For example, with the following command you can see that the LG's bluetooth app contains two apks: adb shell pm ...
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Re-sign APK to prevent updating - crashes “divide by zero”

I'm using an app that has been updated, but doesn't work on my phone on the current version. So I'm currently using an older one. But of course it always shows up with an update in the PlayStore. Now ...
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Android 5.1 : Cannot install, but I can Cancel

I have a tablet named Samsung Galaxy Edge Max, I need to download and install Minecraft , and Install button doesn't works, while Cancel Button works in Android 5.1.
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Apks files download but will not install?

I wanted to downgrade my YouTube app so I got a few APK files from previous versions, and they downloaded successfully . When I clicked on them to install, the page showing install and cancel came up. ...
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Why wont apk files download

I used to be able to install apk files on my phone before I factory reset it and now it does not work I have a sony m5
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Why do APKs never seem to be available directly from the developers, but only through third-parties?

I'm playing with my first Android device. First thing I discovered is that Google Play isn't installed. If I search for an APK for Google Play Store, the results are from third parties such as ...
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How come apps showed up in apkmirror before I can download it in Google Play Store?

I have been checking and waiting for Pokemon Go 0.45 for several hours, and now it is 11pm Pacific Time and it is still not available on my Android phone or on the Google Play website. However, it is ...

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