I was interested in implementing a specific functionality in one of the Android projects we are working on. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a easy way to implement the same. Luckily the same functionality is available in an existing Android application so I thought of reverse engineering that application to figure out how they made it work.
A couple of days later, I was browsing contents of my Android phone using file explorer and found apk files of all almost all extensions I had installed on my phone. The next moment I knew how I could get my hands on apk file of any android market application. I had rooted my phone few days back and took backup of all installed applications before that. Some of you may have guessed by now but surprisingly I didn’t find this solution online or may be I didn’t look hard enough.
Here are the steps for downloading apk for any android application from Google play.
- Install the application for which you need apk file on your Android phone. For example, if you need apk file for ‘Angry Birds’ then install it.
- Next, install this application – App Backup & Restore
- Open the application installed in step 2, select the app from step 1 and take a backup for the same.
- The backup will create a apk file of the application and store it in your SD card under App_Backup_Restore folder.
That was easy, wasn’t it? Enjoy!