Android apps are merged as APK files. That you can use any File Manager app to copy these apk files from the computer to your Android device and then install the .apk file, or sideload, the corresponding app on your Android device. Though the process of sideloading is mean of violating Google’s Term and Conditions of using apps but sometimes you need to do so, even sometimes though sideloading only one can update their software.
Here below are some possible reason to download apk files of Android Apps:
- Sometime an Android app may be not be available for download in the Google Play store of your region or country.
- Google Play Store says that a particular app or game is incompatible with your Android device though you know that the app would work just fine.
- An app is listed on the Google Play store but you want to install that app on another Android device, like the Amazon Kindle tablet, that doesn’t have the Play Store.
Different Ways to Download APK Files of Android Apps from Google Play
Method 1: Using Web Application
Evozi, an Android app developer that allows you a one Click download Android apk file that is listed on Google Play Store. The downloader app can be accessed at apps.evozi.com.
To get started:
- Enter the web URL of any app listed on the Google Play store and click the “Generated Download Link” button.
- The APK download app will fetch the APK file from the Google Play store and will host it on its own servers from where you downlaod the file.
- Click on the new link offered by the Evozi to get the apk file.
Since the APK files are directly retrieved from Google Play Store, there is almost no chance to get infected file with any malware. Also, to prevent app piracy, the APK downloader only lets you download free apps and games from the Google Play store. Note that, using this downloader you can’t get any paid paid apps.
Method 2: Using Google Chrome Extension
APK Downloader Extension is also an easy method to download apk files directly from the Play Store, you just need to download the extension from the given link because due to security purpose this is available at Chrome Store. You will get the zip file also the only requirement of the only requirement of this extension is, your chrome browser should be updated to v23 to above.
Download Link – For Chrome 33 or later: apk-downloader-1.4.3.zip
Download Link – Older Version APK Downloader 1.4.3
To install the extensions just extract the zip file and run the file with an extension .crx(), make sure that yo have enabled the developer mode before installing this extension. For older users, just go to the downloaded folder and run the extension file.
Once if you have installed Apk downloader extension on your browser, here are the things you need to provide before going to download the apk file using this extension.
Step 1: Enter valid Email ID and Device ID, there are two method to do so,
>> Go to Play Store and get the DeviceID app. (Easy Method)
>> Or Dial *#*#8255#*#* ( 8255 = TALK ). If it opens “GTalk Service Monitor”, find lines that begin with JID and Device ID. Your email is JID, and your device id is a string that after android- prefix (Complex Method)
Here is an example how to identify which one is you Device ID. – if it shows android-9876543210abcdef , then 9876543210abcdef is your device ID.
Step 2: Now you have got the device ID, so now enter Gmail ID and Device ID, if everything goes fine, you will be able to use this.
Step 3: Start Downloading apk files from Play Store
After finishing above steps, you can now start using APK Downloader to download apps apk. Open Android Market, view any FREE apps ( for example: Simple Text ), then press the APK Downloader icon on address bar, download wil automatically start within seconds.