Installing an APK file on an Android device is a breeze, but with so many online portals there can be security risks. For whatever reason you might prefer installing an APK file, rather than the app itself you can opt for the safest method and download APK files from Play Store.
Of course, this only works for apps that are actually available on Google Play, but with so many of them being available it’s worth knowing how to download APK files from Play Store.
How to download APK files from Play Store
To begin with, you will need a computer connected to the Internet. On your computer, open a web browser and find the app for which you want to install the APK. You can simply Google it or search its name directly in the Play Store.
Now that you have the app’s Play Store page, open a new tab in your web browser and visit apk-dl.com.
This third-party website allows you to extract APK files from Google Play apps and in the text field you need to enter the app’s Google Play URL or package name.
Simply copy the URL of the app’s Play Store page from your browser’s address bar, and paste in the text field on apk-dl.com then click on the manifying glass icon or hit Enter on the keyboard.
A new page will open with a link to download the APK file. Press the Download button and the APK file will start downloading on your computer. The process might take a while depending on the speed of your Internet connection and size of the file.
Then, you can transfer it to your Android device and assuming you have Unknown sources enabled in Settings -> Security you can install the app right away.
As you can see, it’s very easy to download APK files from Play Store. Even if we used a third-party service, you are downloading the APK file of the Play Store app, which is as safe as downloading the app directly.