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HowTo: Download app installation (apk) files from Google Play Store [answered]

asked 2014-01-08 22:39:12 +0300

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updated 2014-03-09 12:34:39 +0300

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I have not tried to install google play yet, but nevertheless, some (free) apps I seem to only find there. So this one prooved to be very helpful to me: http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/

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Yes, this service is good. Actually it's so good it went almost down after amount of Jolla users increased ... at least timing was kinda perfect ... before Jolla, no issues, after Jolla, service become very busy and flooded...

Simakuutio ( 2014-01-09 00:21:20 +0300 )edit

Those services aren't very trustworthy. First, I got a (bogus, browser based) message that I had a virus on my device. That shows me they're not using decent advertising... Worse: when downloading, they can inject all kinds of evil in the apk, without you knowing.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-03-09 11:56:54 +0300 )edit

They have mirrored the Play Store and that way, they can change any package. That is why some (mostly new) packages aren't available (yet).

Xmasjos ( 2017-07-19 23:08:28 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-02-21 15:41:04 +0300

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updated 2019-04-18 16:40:07 +0300

Yalp Store:


Edit: Yalp store has some issues with install split APKs, you might want to try aurora instead (needs a google account): https://f-droid.org/de/packages/com.aurora.store

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i find Yalp works fantastic, also can be downloaded from F-Droid store with TOR security layer.

DarkTuring ( 2017-02-22 06:16:04 +0300 )edit

YALP is best.

Mohit ( 2017-07-20 17:52:20 +0300 )edit

Best wayto download directly from GP Store. Easy !

florifreeman ( 2017-07-24 12:26:54 +0300 )edit

alternatively, for Spli APKs, SAI works very well.

(whener Yalp throws you the split APK message, just start SAI and install the splits form Download directly, right where Yalp left the file it downloaded).

DrYak ( 2019-04-22 17:07:35 +0300 )edit

Tried installing on SF 3.0.9, it threw error "Aurora store requires Android SDK v. 21 installed is V 19. Cannot install Aurora Store"
What would be work around @bomo

nobutter ( 2019-05-26 08:57:45 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-09 12:23:33 +0300

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updated 2014-04-13 00:32:39 +0300

Fuzzillogic gravatar image

Real APK Leecher

Desktop application. HowTo on Jolla.


  • Runs on your own computer


  • Doesn't run on your mobile; you'd need to transfer files to Jolla manually
  • On Linux-desktop, the check-for-updates feature seems broken
  • Still a trust-issue, but at least it is more verifiable.

APK Downloader

Android app. Download from 1mobile. No account required for 1mobile. For a way of getting and registering a device ID, see the howto for Real APK Leecher. Also, the Google Play Downloader can generate and register a device-id. Due to a possible bug on Jolla, an (easy) fix is needed to be able to download things using Android apps.


  • Runs on-device, no other tools needed.
  • Made for non-google Android devices like Kindle


  • Trust: are we sure your account details are safe with this app?
  • Versions later than 1.06 show ads. 1Mobile for now lists v1.06.

Ask for non-play-store availability

Ask the publisher to make their app available on their own website, or at least on alternative stores. Downloading from 1mobile doesn't need a registration (for now..) so that seems to be a good place to start.


  • Perhaps most trustworthy solution
  • Relative straightforward, for you, the user


  • Fighting with every publisher of every app you want can become... tedious.
  • Low chance of success

Make a Sailfish App

There is open source code for the Google Market API available. Apparently Real APK Leecher is based on this. It could be a starting point for a native Jolla app.


  • Best integration


  • Doesn't exist yet
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Download latest and updated android apps games and launchers here Apk Mania...

apkmaniapure ( 2018-11-23 14:37:27 +0300 )edit

answered 2014-03-09 20:05:43 +0300

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updated 2014-03-26 21:46:23 +0300

Another application in Python also based Google Market API : http://codingteam.net/project/googleplaydownloader. I've used it to download apk with my Google account and with the ID of my tablet Samsung Galaxy Tab II.

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Thanks! The feature to scan for updated apk's works fine with this tool. On my Kubuntu machine I only needed to apt-get the python-protobuf package (as per readme), but I guess on Windows it'll take some more work, making Real APK Leecher probably the easier solution.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-03-09 20:58:27 +0300 )edit

from the CodingTeam.net homepage:

"CodingTeam.net is now closed. - 22/03/2019

As you can see, registering a new user account, or adding a new project is now disabled. You can still access registered projects on the software-forge, for some of them are still active."

francko ( 2019-04-22 14:31:44 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-11-09 09:17:34 +0300

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I was also looking for some reliable sources to download apps, finally I found ApkLink.com working fine for me, I'm quite satisfied. Unfortunately evozi most of times goes out of data....

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answered 2016-07-26 10:54:07 +0300

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It's a Java-based desktop App - so you need to transfer your APK manually to your phone - and works with your Google Account to download payed apps also.

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answered 2016-07-25 20:28:56 +0300

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To download APK and OBB files of android packages you can use this website: https://apkfind.com

It's fast and secure without any ads.

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… and incomplete. Also, how do you know it's secure?

Fuzzillogic ( 2016-07-25 22:08:09 +0300 )edit

You can check File Sha1 and APK Signature of apps to sure about it.

rehb ( 2016-07-25 22:23:22 +0300 )edit

The sites which are reliable and popular. I don't know about apkfind.


Abi Paul ( 2016-10-06 13:00:19 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-07-17 10:16:44 +0300

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Hi.. thank for your suggestions.I’ve found a better website to download apk for android with all version : http://newsapks.com/

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answered 2017-07-28 15:41:31 +0300

akara57 gravatar image

oh so many websites are there to download apk files from playstore to desktop.nice information shared here. i saw one site google it is https://www.playapk.org .

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answered 2017-09-08 13:24:12 +0300

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I think have many websites where you can find and download many apps and games to set up your phone if your phone can't download them. you can try at http://apkproductivity.com/productlist1_APPS_1

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You can use this website: Apkpureapk.comto download apps and games for Android devices. Download Apk for Android without payment. Save Apkpureapk.com and you can use it whenever you need!

Line90 ( 2017-09-25 12:05:11 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-02-22 08:36:25 +0300

Hi Thanks for your answer, actually this website is not working , I found an alternative website from alternativeto.com APKPROZ

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Hello thank you for solving the issue, Actually I was facing from the problem from many days I have finally fixed it thank you. I am the author @ brawl stars mod apk

aminn ( 2019-04-17 18:00:39 +0300 )edit

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