When you download an app from the Google Play Store, it is automatically installed on your smartphone. While this works well for the most part, it might not be ideal if you want to access the app’s APK file. The APK file allows you to share the app on multiple devices without downloading it from the Google Play Store. In this article, we will introduce you the easiest ways to extract the APK file of any app on your Android smartphone.
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Extract the APK directly from the Google Play Store
If you want to have an app’s APK file without installing it on your Android smartphone, just follow these steps to extract it directly from the Google Play Store.
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Step 1: Open the Google Play Store on your smartphone.
Step 2: Go to the app page you want to download.
Step 3: Tap the ellipses (three points) in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Choose ‘Split‘.
Step 5: Choose ‘Copy URL’. This will copy the app’s Play Store URL to your phone’s clipboard.
Step 6: Now open the 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 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 a system app’s APK file.
Step 1: Install the APK Extractor app on your smartphone from the Google Play Store.
Step 2: Start APK Extractor and select your desired app.
Step 3: Beat ‘Save on computer‘.
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 installs the app directly 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 huge 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 serves a specific purpose. If you want to install the app version APK file on your smartphone, you can use the APK Extractor app. If you don’t want to install the app on your smartphone, you can extract the APK file directly from the Google Play Store using the web tool mentioned above. If you don’t want to use a web tool, you can download the APK file directly from a third-party marketplace.
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