This tutorial explains how to download APK
files from the Google Play Store
using the desktop version of the Google Chrome
web browser. Android application package or APK is the file format used to distribute and install Android Apps and using the APK Downloader
browser extension, you can now download your favorite apps to your computer.
How does it work?
When you view an app download page on the Google Play Store using your web browser, only two options are available; you can either install the app to a compatible Android device or add it to your wishlist:
adds a Download APK
button to Google Play Store, thus allowing you to download the APK file to your favorite apps:
How to install APK Downloader
The installation of APK Downloader in Google Chrome or Firefox requires a couple of easy steps. First and foremost you will need an Android device with the Google Play Store connected to your Google account (@gmail.com).
On your Android device
; Open the Google Play Store
, search and install the Device ID
app (by redphx). Launch the app to get the ID of your smartphone and the registered email address. We will use this info later:
On your PC:
Open Google Chrome
and sign-in with your Google account (preferably the one used for your Android device). Go to the APK Downloader info page
and click on Add to Chrome
. Click on Add
to confirm the installation:
If you are using the Firefox web browser, then go to https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox
instead and install the APK Downloader extension.
Once APK Downloader
is installed, a login page will be displayed:
Fill in the Email
and Android Device ID
fields using the information collected with the Device ID
app and click on Login
. That's it, you can now download your APK files
: if you skip this authentication procedure, then you won't be able to download the APK files from the Google Play Store. Clicking on the Download APK
button automatically redirects you to the login page.