We all like to grab an APK occasionally, whether it be for a new version of an app, or if you’re wanting to try out an app on a device that the developer hasn’t deemed compatible. How do you get an APK? Well, you can troll through a thousand different dodgy sites and risk malware or worse, or you can go straight to the source – Google Play.
If you’re looking to download an app – this only works with free apps, we don’t advocate piracy at all – then head over to Evozi’s APK Downloader is ready and raring to go and grab you an APK. There’s two ways to get an APK, an online tool, or a Chrome Extension.
To download an app, you’ll need the package name. To find a package name, look at the URL of the app you want to download in Google Play – we’ll use a commonly searched for app, which is not commonly available to Australians due to Geo-Restrictions: Netflix. The full URL for Netflix in Google Play, is :
The Package name, is the last part after the “id=”:
Copy this and go to the APK Downloader website and enter the text into the search box at the top and click ‘Generate Download Link’:
Then, you’ll be offered a link to click and an option to save your APK.
You should now see your APK downloading.
The tool is reliant on their seemingly US based agent to download the APKs, which sometimes runs out of quota – but you can actually get around this. There is a Chrome Extension which you can install and setup which will let you download APKs when you go to Google Play.
The extension is available in the Chrome Webstore and once added you simply need a couple of pieces of information to get going.
Google Play email address, password and your GSF (Google Services Framework) ID Key. There’s two ways to get your GSF key, the manual way :
- Open dial pad, call “*#*#8255#*#*” (without the quotation marks) This should open ‘GTalk Service Monitor’.
- Look for a line which has JID and Device ID (your email is your JID and your device ID is a string of characters with “android-” prefixed (eg: android-1234567890abcdef) your Device ID is the string minus the “android-”
Install the Device ID App from Google Play :
Enter this data into the page asking for the data :
Next time you visit Google Play and an App is available to download, you’ll see an Android icon in the Omnibox:
The you should be right to go, using your own credentials.
Now you have your APK, it’s simply a matter of getting your APK to your Android device of choice. Once you have it there, make sure you’re able to Sideload apps – Go to Settings > Security and make sure that ‘Unknown Sources – Allow installation of apps from unknown sources’ is checked.
Apart from a few limitations on the tool it’s pretty good. But remember, it’s a free tool, so use it as much as you can, and drop a few dollars their way on PayPal, BitCoin or DogeCoin if you find it valuable.