From this article you will learn about several websites where you can download any app as an .apk file for free. You may need an .apk file if you want to run some app on Android emulator, you are using LineageOS (former CyanogenMod) without Google software or, perhaps, install in onto an ordinary Android device without Google Account.
Warning! We are not responsible for any of the websites mentioned below. So be cautious when using downloaded packages. We recommend that you check all APK files for malware before installing them just to be on the safe side.
Option #1. Download APK file of any app using ApkPure.com
- Go to https://play.google.com.
- Type the name of the app.
- Click “search”.
- Select the proper app in the search results to open its web page in Google Play Store:
- Copy its URL:
- Go to https://apkpure.com.
- Paste the URL into the field.
- Click on the “Search” icon:
- Click “Download”: Now you have the requested app in .apk format downloaded:
How to install APK on your Android device
- Copy an APK file to your phone’s memory. It may be rather handy to create a folder like “distrib” for storing your APK files:
- Take your Android device, find the APK file you have just copied to the memory and open it.
- If you see the message “For security, your phone is set to block installation of apps obtained from unknown sources”, click on “Settings” and allow to install apps from unknown sources:
By the way, you can manually navigate to “Settings” > “Security” and enable “Unknown sources”:
Other services to download apk files of apps
Option 2: Evozi.com
- Go to: https://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader
- Paste URL into the field.
- Click “Generate download link”:
- Click on “Click here to download [app name] now”:
Option 3: Apk-dl.com
- Go to: https://apk-dl.com.
- Paste the URL of the app you need to get:
- Click “Download APK file”:
- Click “Start download”:
Different websites may provide different version of an app. Consequently, the downloaded APK files may be of different sizes.
Do not forget that apps downloaded from third-party sources can in some cases be fake or bundled with unwanted of malicious software without any notice.