1. Paisley's Avatar
    Can someone briefly explain what the apk is, is that the file of the app, or what? and can i just extract the file, save it somewhere and then reinstall it later if need be? (without re-downloading it from the playstore or wherever). And i am not rooted. thanks.
    05-22-2014 10:26 PM
  2. jpr's Avatar
    The apk is the installer file for an app. It includes only the program itself, not any data you have modified like settings or game progress, etc.

    Yes you can save it and use it to install the app later without having to download it again and you do not need root for this. There are a variety of ways and depending on your device, OS version, and technical inclination one may work better than others.

    One is that you can use backup apps, like Helium or MyBackup or several others you can find in the play store. Another is that you can copy the files themselves from their location on the phone or SD card. Another is to use a file manager app with a backup ability, like File Expert.

    So look into those things and see what you find suits you best. When your want to install it, just open the apk on your phone and it will install. You may have to check the setting to allow apps from unknown sources which is usually under the security settings.
  3. jpr's Avatar
    The apk is the installer file for an app. It includes only the program itself, not any data you have modified like settings or game progress, etc.

    Yes you can save it and use it to install the app later without having to download it again and you do not need root for this. There are a variety of ways and depending on your device, OS version, and technical inclination one may work better than others.

    One is that you can use backup apps, like Helium or MyBackup or several others you can find in the play store. Another is that you can copy the files themselves from their location on the phone or SD card. Another is to use a file manager app with a backup ability, like File Expert.

    So look into those things and see what you find suits you best. When your want to install it, just open the apk on your phone and it will install. You may have to check the setting to allow apps from unknown sources which is usually under the security settings.
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    05-22-2014 10:45 PM
  4. Paisley's Avatar
    Thanks! I will try it tmrw.

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    05-23-2014 12:14 AM
  5. Vsweety's Avatar
    The free app Super Manager can create .apk files of apps.
    05-23-2014 09:59 PM
  6. Rukbat's Avatar
    And Helium can back up the app's data along with the apk file of the app.
    05-23-2014 11:11 PM
  7. moorken's Avatar
    if you are not sure if you are going to install the programs ever again, you can just throw them away, if you dont have the possibility to connect to google play and you need the APK files anyway, just search on the net for APK downloads, there are plenty of good websites around, some examples:
    Android download apk NET
    apkfiles.com
    appsapk.com
    .....
    or just enter the name of the program you are looking for on google together with "APK" and i'm sure you will find a good download..
    06-12-2014 10:55 AM
  8. B. Diddy's Avatar
    I would add a word of caution that downloading and installing .apk files from any of these websites may increase your risk for malware, since you don't really know for sure how well these files have been vetted. In addition, a number of those files are likely for apps that are supposed to be paid, so I would suggest not supporting that kind of site.
    06-12-2014 12:35 PM

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