What is a .APK File And How To Open It – Google (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .apk extension and you don’t know what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .apk file extension and how to open it.

What is a .APK file?

The file extension .APK is from Android Package File.It was developed by Google. The format of this executable file is zip.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .apk file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .APK file?

Below we will show you a step-by-step guide on how to open the .APK file on various operating systems.

How to open a .APK file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .apk file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Google Android SDK, BlueStacks, Corel WinZip, 7-Zip and RARLAB WinRAR software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .APK file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Google Android SDK software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .APK file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .apk file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Google Android SDK, Apple Archive Utility and BlueStacks software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .APK file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Android SDK software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .APK file on Linux

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .apk file on Linux in 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the Google Android SDK software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .APK file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Google Android SDK software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .APK file on Android

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .apk file on Android in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .APK file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

If you try clicking the file, it will show you the error above.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the Google Android software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

Still cannot open the .APK file?

If you cannot open the .APK file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .APK file.apkg – Damien Elmes, .apkm – APKMirror, .apks – Google, .apl – Matthew T. Ashland, .apl – ESRI. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .APK file with the Google Android SDK, BlueStacks, Corel WinZip, 7-Zip, RARLAB WinRAR programs on Windows, Google Android SDK, Apple Archive Utility, BlueStacks programs on Mac, Google Android SDK software on Linux and Google Android software on Android.