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How to Download APK File from Google Play

Anthony Muzonzini

You may want to download an Android APK file from the Google Play Store for various reasons. Maybe the files you want to download are too large to download on to your phone or perhaps you may not have access to the apps due to your location. Either way there is a method to downloading the package file from Google Play and then sideloading them on to your phone.

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You can download APK files directly from Google Play and sideload them into your phone. / © Google Play

The easiest way for users to download an APK package file from the Google Play Store is using an extension of Chrome called APK extension downloader 1.4.3. You should download the extension by right clicking and saving the extension as something because Google has blocked it from being installed directly to Chrome. I should mention though that only free apps can be downloaded so this is not a tool that will allow you to plunder the store of its paid apps.

The app then requires you to get the JID and the Device ID of your phone. The easiest way to accomplish this is to simply download an app that will fetch the details from your phone.

The alternative way is to type in *#*#8255#*#*. If it opens the monitor then find the lines that begin with JID and Device ID then put those details into the app. Your email is the JID and your Device ID is the string after the Android prefix.

Once you get those details enter them into the extension and then you can navigate to the download page in the Play Store and then click on the extension icon to download the app that you want.

You should note though that using this method to access apps in the Google Play Store is against the store's terms of service, so use it at your own risk.

“3.3 You agree not to access (or attempt to access) Google Play by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Google, unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with Google. You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) Google Play through any automated means (including use of scripts, crawlers, or similar technologies) and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the Google Play website.” - Google Play Terms of Service

Have you tried using this method? Please tell us what you think by commenting below.

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    Guy Devos Aug 22, 2013 Link

    Great tip, thanks!

  • Anthony Muzonzini Aug 22, 2013 Link

    you're welcome

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Aug 23, 2013 Link

    the *#*#8255#*#* does not work on my Note 2...

  • Anthony Muzonzini Aug 24, 2013 Link

    you might want to go with the device id app then. its easier though

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Oct 5, 2013 Link

    just a note you cannot DL only free apps but you can also DL paid one, IF you alreadbought them...

  • David H. 10 months ago Link

    Recently I bought a tablet and was disappointed that some of my purchased apps were not compatible with that device.
    What I did was send the two files referring to each of those apps in my Titanium Backup folder to my new Tablet over Bluetooth, then move it to my Titanium Backup folder on the tablet, and restore it with TBU.
    All of the apps work flawlessly on my tablet though they are said to be not compatible on the play store :)

  • reza rostami 10 months ago Link

    Best google apk downloader :

  • Javad Ahmadi 7 months ago Link

    Best google play apk downloader ever:

  • Booster Letter 6 months ago Link

    I just found a very cool site to direct download android installation file (apk) here:

  • kusakov 5 months ago Link

    New Online APK Downloader! Enjoy!

  • mark nguyen 4 months ago Link

    thank, APK downloader is very good.
    Search APPID on googleplay or as paste to evozi, apkleecher, using chrome extensions to get it :)

  • Cryan Cee 3 months ago Link

    It's very easy . I coded with Google Play API and my friends help to get direct link from Google . You can get Paid Apps free with our database . Almost free app you can get . with Paid App you just can get app have in database . Try more : and have fun.

  • Liona Leonhart 1 month ago Link

    apkleecher is very good, working well. But now I'm build same site with different concept, as android apk file repository in