Downloading apps from Google Play Store is easy and convenient, but what if you want to download the APK file of an app for offline installation? Maybe you want to share it with someone who doesn’t have access to the internet or simply want to keep a backup of the APK file. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to download APK files from Google Play Store offline.
Step 1: Find the App You Want
First, open Google Play Store on your Android device and search for the app you want to download. Once you’ve found it, take note of its package name.
You can find this in the URL of the app’s page on the Play Store. For example, the package name for WhatsApp is “com.whatsapp”.
Step 2: Download APK Downloader Extension
To download an APK file from Google Play Store, we will need to use a third-party tool called “APK Downloader”. This tool requires a browser extension to work properly. Go to Chrome Web Store and search for “APK Downloader”, then add it as an extension.
Step 3: Set Up APK Downloader
After adding the extension, click on its icon in Chrome’s toolbar and select “Options”. Here, enter your Google account credentials as well as your Android device ID (you can find this in Settings > About Phone > Status > IMEI information). Make sure to save your changes.
Step 4: Generate Download Link
Now that we have set up APK Downloader, go back to Google Play Store and search for the app you want again. This time, right-click on its page and select “Generate Download Link” from the context menu.
Step 5: Download APK File
The last step is simple – just click on the generated link and let it download. Once it’s done, you can transfer the APK file to your Android device and install it offline.
Downloading APK files from Google Play Store offline is not as straightforward as downloading apps directly from the store, but with the help of third-party tools like APK Downloader, it’s definitely doable. Just follow the steps we’ve outlined above and you’ll be able to download and install any app’s APK file offline in no time.
- Step 1: Find the app you want on Google Play Store.
- Step 2: Download APK Downloader extension from Chrome Web Store.
- Step 3: Set up APK Downloader with your Google account credentials and device ID.
- Step 4: Right-click on the app’s page and select “Generate Download Link”.
- Step 5: Click on the generated link to download the APK file.
Can I use this method to download paid apps for free?
No, this method only allows you to download free apps. If you try to download a paid app using this method, you will be prompted to pay for it.
Is it legal to download APK files from Google Play Store offline?
Yes, it is legal as long as you have purchased or downloaded the app legally from Google Play Store. However, downloading pirated or cracked apps is illegal.
Can I update an app installed via an APK file?
Yes, if there is a new version of the app available on Google Play Store, you can update it just like any other app. However, if you have downloaded a modified version of an app that is not available on Google Play Store, you will need to manually install the new version as well.