How to Export APK File From Installed Apps on Android

How to make APK from installed apps - Today we will share about a tutorial exporting apk from most of installed apps on your android phone. If you own an Android phone you will likely have heard of an APK file.

APK stands for Android application package. It is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps and middle-ware.

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Just like Windows systems use a .exe, GNU/Linux Debian based operating systems such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS use a .deb file to installing software. Android does the same. An APK file is the file format used for installing software likes games or applications in Android operating system.

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To make an APK file, a program for Android is first compiled, and then all of its parts are packaged into one file. An APK file contains all of that program's code (such as .dex files), resources, assets, certificates, and manifest file. As is the case with many file formats, APK files can have any name needed, provided that the file name ends in ".apk"

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APK make Android users can installing an apps nor games without internet connection (offline). This mean no needs to open Google Play Store. The benefits we can save the internet bandwidth.

APK is really important file we thought. After your perform factory reset or flashing your phone, you'll lose all application, data such as files, documents, photo, images, your favorites music. If you saved the APK you'll easily install the app.


There's some methods we can choose to get the APKs file. They are :
  1. Download from website that provides APK.
  2. Using Google Chrome extension to download APK from Google Play Store
  3. If you're Ubuntu user, you can download any APK files directly from Play Store using GooglePlayDownloader. Read the tutorial from How to Download APK Files From Google Play Store in Ubuntu
  4. Export APK from installed apps.

We'll explain you using 4th choice to get APK from installed app on your android phone for backup later after flashing or factory reset the phone.

What's Needed?

To do this we will use a small android application that developed by Darken. May you ever hear about this tool.  Right, it's SD Maid!

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This is really useful app that has many features to improve performance our smartphone. Just need simple steps : choose a tab, press start and then either click a single item to delete or press the clean all button. SD Maid doesn't running in background apps. So you do not worry will make your phone slow.

SD Maid Features

There are various features available. They are :
  • Explorer is a full fledged filemanager, use it to crawl through your Androids files.
  • You can use the Searcher if you know what file you are looking for.
  • The CorpseFinder searches your device for orphaned items and compares those to the list of installed applications.
  • AppControl lets you freeze, reset and remove applications (even system apps).
  • The SystemCleaner scans your device and filters directories which contain unnecessary files. You an even create your own filters!
  • You can optimize and shrink bloated databases to speed up access and free space.
  • View your biggest files and find out what is hogging all the space.
  • Find files that have been modified in the last X minutes.
  • Manage freeze and unfreeze App
  • And many more...

Just like many android apps, Darken as developer offered two choice. It's SD Maid Free and SD Maid PRO to get more features. You can buy the unlocker from Play Store.

Get APK File From Installed Apps

Now Bartolab will tell you about this feature. At the list above we already rite AppControl. Yes! We'll use this nice feature. Follow this simple tutorial :

STEP 1
First, install SD Maid ( Free version has this feature ). You can do from Play Store or Download the APK from the last line of this post.

STEP 2
Once installed, open the SD Maid. Then tap on top left corner or swipe from left side to right to open SD Maid menu.

STEP 3
Choose AppControl to show app that installed on your Android phone.

STEP 4
Now choose any application that you wanna to export to APK. Tap on that app the you'll see a list of features. Anyway the results wil be different because any apps run on startapp.

Just tap on Exports the .apk file menu. Look at the pics for more details :

How to get APK from installed Apps on Android phone

Exporting process will start, just wait a secs until it clear. And violla you get it! Now we have the the file for backup, collection or share to any other devices.

The output (APK) will saved in Download folder – internal storage.

So that we can write about export APK file from installed apps for backup your android apps. Please share if this article is helpful. Thanks for visiting bartolab.com!

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