How to Download APK Files From Google Play Store to Computer

Android applications on Play Store are downloaded and installed automatically without an option to download for later installation on other android devices. This guide is for those who will like to download APK files to their computer for later installation.

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As an Android user, you must have noticed that Google Play Store does direct installation of all apps downloaded from it, no APK file to download and use at a later time. To be able to download applications from Play Store, it is expected that you sign in using your Android device before you can proceed to download the application you want.

In this guide, I will show you guys how to download APK files from Play Store directly to your PC. The APK files can then later be transferred to another phone or kept for installation at a later time if you mistakenly uninstall the app on your Android device.

How to Download APK Files from Google Play Store using Computer

Before you will be able to do this, you will have to download either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox browser and make any of them your default browser. Once you have done this, then you can proceed depending on the browser you have chosen as your default;

For Google Chrome:

  • Open the Chrome browser and Click Here to download the APK Downloader extension
  • On the extension page, click on ‘Add to Chrome‘.

APK Downloader extension page for chrome

  • When a pop up appears, click on ‘Add extension‘ and patiently wait while the extension is downloaded and added to your Google Chrome browser.

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  • Next locate and click on the ‘APK Downloader extension icon‘ which should be at the top right corner of the Chrome browser.

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  • On the new page that will appear, there is box provided to enter the Name, Package name, Google Play URL of any APK file you will want to download from Play Store.

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  • Visit play.google.com and search for whatever Android application you will like to download (only free application).
  • Locate the Android application and click on it. For the sake of clarity i will just use Xender Android app to illustrate how to get the URL of any Android app on Play Store.

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  • Next copy the Play Store URL of the app from the address bar of your Chrome browser.

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  • Paste the copied URL into the box provided in the APK Downloader page and then click on Generate Download Link.

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  • Finally click on Download and your APK file will begin downloading to you computer.

For Mozilla Firefox:

  • Launch you Mozilla Firefox browser click here to download the APK Downloader extension for Firefox browser.
  • Once on the extension’s page, locate and click on ‘Add to Firefox‘ to add the extension to your Firefox browser.

APK Downloader extension page for firefox

  • When a pop up appears, click on ‘Add‘ to confirm its addition and activation.

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  • To download an APK file from Play Store to your computer, simply click on the APK downloader icon which should be at the top right corner of your firefox page.

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  • When the drop down appears, click on APK Downloader Online to launch the download page.

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  • On the new page that will appear, there is box provided to enter the Package name of the APK file you will want to download from Play Store.

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  • Visit play.google.com and search for whatever Android application you will like to download (only free application).
  • Locate the Android application and click on it. For the sake of clarity i will just use Wildscapes app to illustrate how to get the Package name of any Android app on Play Store.
  • Next copy the Play Store URL of the app from the address bar of your Chrome browser.

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  • Paste the copied URL into the box provided in the APK Downloader page and then click on Generate Download Link.

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  • Once you click on Generate Download Link, the download should start immediately. If it does not start, you can start it by clicking on the ‘Click Here’ button as i have illustrated in the image below to manually start it.

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Now you can download the APK file of any android application of choice by following any of the above selection. You can always share with friends using any of the share buttons below.