In this guide, you will learn how to create APK files from your installed apps on any Android phone. Here, you will learn the easiest and simple way to create APK from the installed apps on any Android phone like Samsung, Google Pixel, OnePlus, LG and etc.
Meanwhile, the app or app that you are downloading from Google Play Store on your Android devices is an APK file. If you own an Android device you will likely have heard of an APK file. However, creating a .apk file from an already installed app is a really smart solution. The .apk file thus created can be installed without flagging incompatibilities on any other device.
What is an APK File?
APK is the short form for Android Package Kit and is the file format that Android uses to distribute and install apps. It contains all the elements that an app needs to install correctly on your device. Just like Windows (PC) systems use a .exe file for installing software, macOS (Mac) systems use .dmg while the APK does the same for Android.
But, you don’t see the actual APK file when downloading any app from Play Store. The Play Store will instead do the installation internally without giving you access to the APK file itself. Just like installing apps from the macOS app store or from the Windows Store on your PC. But, if you install apps from outside the Google Play Store, the APK file will be required.
Why Create An APK File from Installed Apps on Android?
There are plenty of reasons to extract an APK file from your installed apps on Android phones. Here are some of them:
- Transfer apps to other Android devices that do not have an Internet connection.
- Take a backup of your favorite apps and store them on your computer or SD Card.
- Installing apps that are not available on Google Play.
How to Create APK From Installed Apps on Any Android Device
There are many ways to extract and create an APK file from your installed apps. But I found the most convenient and easy to do so. Here’s how:
Step 1. Download and install the Zapya app from the Google Play Store.
Step 2. Open the Zapya app and tap App on the top left-hand side of the screen.
Step 3. Here, you will see the list of your installed apps. Now, simply press and hold on to any app and select Backup.
Step 4. After tapping the Backup option, you will a Notification that says ” xyz.apk is backed up successfully” at the bottom of your screen.
How to Find Your Created APK Files
After creating an APK file from installed apps on Android devices, you may wonder how to find the created or backed-up APK file. Don’t worry! Here’s how to find it.
Step 1. Go to my My Files.
Step 2. Tap Internal storage.
Step 3. Now from this list find Zapya and tap on it to open. You can use the search box to look for the Zapya folder.
Step 4. Tap Backup.
Step 5. Here, you will find the created APK file.
That’s it. This is how you can create an APK file from the installed apps on Android phones. Using the Zapya app is the easiest and most reliable way to create an APK. However, if you know any other method then you may share your thoughts and comments in the comment section below.