Not many people know, but there are ways to download the APK files from the Google Play Store. This way, you can store the APK (installation) files of your favorite applications on your computer and whenever you get a new Android device, you can just simply move the APK files from your computer to your mobile device and install them right away, without even needing an internet connection.
There are a few ways to download an APK file from the Google Play Store. You can either use a Chrome/Firefox extension or a website that will generate a specific download link for you. In addition, you will be able to even download paid applications (in case you’ve already purchased them from the Google Play Store.
Downloading an APK file using the Firefox/Chrome browser extension
In case you want to download many APK files from the Google Play Store, then you should consider using a Firefox/Chrome browser extension. You will just need to install the CodeKiem’s APK Downloader extension version 2 and insert your email and password that you use to login on your Google Play account, along with the Device ID.
If you don’t know the ID of your Android device, just install the Device ID application from the Google Play Store, and you will see it there.
After you’ve done this, just visit the Google Play Store (via web on your computer), search for an application/game and you will notice a “Download APK” button. Just click on it and you will download the app/game on your computer.
Downloading APK files from Google Play Store using a website that generate URL’s to APKs
In case you don’t want to install a Firefox/Chrome extension, then you should consider using a website such as apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader. Keep in mind that you will still need to search for the application/game on the Google Play Store (via the web browser).
Once you find the application/game, you will need to copy the URL link and paste it to the apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader website. You will then notice that a “Click here to download” green button will appear and by clicking on it, you will start downloading the APK file on your computer.
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