When you download an app from Google Play Store, it gets installed on your smartphone automatically. While this works fine for the most part, it may not be ideal if you want to access the APK file of the app. The APK file allows you to share the app across multiple devices without needing 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.
Extract the APK directly from Google Play Store
If you want the APK file of an app without installing it on your Android smartphone, simply follow these steps to extract it directly from Google Play Store.
Step 1: Open Google Play Store on your smartphone.
Step 2: Go to the page of the app you want to download.
Step 3: Tap on the ellipses (three dots) at the top right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Select ‘Share’.
Step 5: Select ‘Copy URL’. This will copy the app’s Play Store URL to your phone’s clipboard.
Step 7: Paste the app URL you copied from the Play Store to the web tool’s download box.
Step 8: Tap on ‘Generate Download Link’.
Step 9: Tap on ‘Click here to download’. The APK will be saved to your phone’s internal storage.
Extract the APK file of an 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: Launch the APK Extractor and select your desired app.
Step 3: Tap ‘Save’.
Step 4: Once the APK file is extracted you can share it directly from the app.
Use a third-party marketplace
Since 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 vast 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 listed in this article caters to a specific purpose. If you want the APK file of the app version installed on your smartphone, you can use the APK Extractor app. If you do not want to install the app on your smartphone, you can directly extract the APK file from Google Play Store using the web tool mentioned above. If you do not want to use a web tool, you can download the APK file directly from a third-party marketplace.
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