Where Does Android Studio Install APK?

APK, APK Installations

If you’re an Android developer, you might have wondered where Android Studio installs the APK file after building your app. An APK (Android Package Kit) is a file format used by Android to distribute and install apps. In this article, we’ll explore where Android Studio installs the APK file.

Default Location of APK File

By default, when you build your app in Android Studio, the APK file is saved in the project’s `app/build/outputs/apk` directory. The `app` directory is the module of your project that contains the source code, resources, and configurations for your app. The `build` directory is generated by Android Studio and contains the output files of your project’s build process.

Types of APK Files

There are two types of APK files: debug and release. The debug version of your app is used for testing and debugging purposes. It has additional information such as log statements and debugging symbols that are not included in the release version of your app.

The release version of your app is what you submit to Google Play or other app stores. It’s optimized for performance and doesn’t include any debugging information or symbols.

Location of Debug APK File

When you build a debug version of your app in Android Studio, the APK file is saved in `app/build/outputs/apk/debug`. In this directory, you’ll find a single APK file with a name like `app-debug.apk`.

Location of Release APK File

When you build a release version of your app in Android Studio, the APK file is saved in `app/build/outputs/apk/release`. In this directory, you’ll find a single APK file with a name like `app-release.

Changing the Location of Output Directory

If you want to change the location where Android Studio saves the APK file after building your app, you can do so by modifying the `build.gradle` file for your app module.

Open the `build.gradle` file and add the following code:

“`
android {
..
buildTypes {
release {
.
// Change the output directory here
applicationVariants.all { variant ->
variant.outputs.all {
outputFileName = “myapp-${variant.versionName}.apk”
outputDirectory = new File(“/path/to/output/directory”)
}
}
}
}
}
“`

Replace `/path/to/output/directory` with the path to the directory where you want Android Studio to save the APK file. You can also change the name of the APK file by modifying `outputFileName`.

Conclusion

In this article, we’ve explored where Android Studio installs the APK file after building your app. By default, it’s saved in `app/build/outputs/apk`.

You can change this location by modifying your app module’s `build.gradle` file. Understanding where Android Studio saves your app’s APK file is essential for testing and distributing your app to users.