How to Extract APK File of Any App on Android Smartphone: Three Easy Ways
When you download the app from the Google Play Store, it is automatically installed on your smartphone. While this works well for the most part, it may not be ideal if you want to access an app’s APK file. An APK file allows you to share an app on multiple devices without having to download it from the Google Play Store. In this article, we bring you the easiest ways to extract the APK file of any app on your Android smartphone.
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Extract APK file directly from Google Play Store
If you want the APK file of the app without installing it on your Android smartphone, simply extract it directly from the Google Play Store by following the steps below.
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Step 1: Open the Google Play Store on your smartphone.
Step 2: Go to the page of the app you want to download.
Step 3: Click on the ellipses (three dots) in the upper right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Choose ‘Share‘.
Step 5: Choose ‘Copy URL’. This will copy the Play Store URL to your phone’s clipboard.
Step 6: Now open your web browser and go to https://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader. You can also use https://apkcombo.com/apk-downloader.
Step 7: Paste the app URL you copied from the Play Store into the download box of the web tool.
Step 8: Click on ‘Generate download link‘.
Step 9: Click on ‘Click here to download‘. The APK file will be saved in the phone’s internal storage.
Extract the APK file of the app installed on your smartphone
You can also use the APK Extractor app to extract the APK file of an app installed on your smartphone. This is the method you should use when you need to extract the APK file of a system app.
Step 1: Install the APK Extractor app on your smartphone from the Google Play Store.
Step 2: Run APK Extractor and select the app you want.
Step 3: Click on ‘Impose‘.
Step 4: Once the APK file is extracted, you can share it directly from the app.
Use a third-party marketplace
Since the Google Play Store directly installs the app on your smartphone, you can use other third-party marketplaces to download the APK file instead. Websites like APKPure, APKMirror and F-droid have a large collection of apps with the necessary security certificates. Here is our list of the 8 best sites for safe Android APK downloads.
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These are the easiest three ways to extract the APK file of any app on your Android smartphone. Each method presented in this article serves a specific purpose. If you want the APK file of the app version to be installed on your smartphone, you can use the APK Extractor app. If you don’t want to install the app on your smartphone, you can directly extract the APK file from the Google Play Store using the web tool mentioned above. If you don’t want to use the web tool, you can download the APK file directly from the third-party marketplace.
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