Extracting APK Files from Android Devices: A Step-by-Step Guide

Extracting APK Files from Android Devices: A Step-by-Step Guide

22 April 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment Tech-Help

Whether you’re a developer who needs to extract the APK file of an app from an Android device for analysis or a tech enthusiast wanting to keep a backup of your app installations, knowing how to retrieve the APK files from your device can be quite handy. This guide will walk you through the process of extracting APK files from an Android device without requiring root access.

Identifying the Package Name

The first step in extracting an APK file is to identify the app’s package name. If you already know the package name, you can skip to the next section. Otherwise, follow these steps:

  1. Connect your Android device to your computer via USB.
  2. Open a command prompt or terminal window.
  3. Enter the following command to list all packages:
adb shell pm list packages

Look through the output to find the package name that corresponds to the app you’re interested in. The package name is typically related to the app’s name, but it could also be different.

Finding the APK File Path

Once you have the package name, you can find the full path of the APK file with the following command:

adb shell pm path com.example.someapp

Replace “com.example.someapp” with the actual package name of the app. The command will return a path that looks like this:


Transferring the APK File to Your Computer

With the full path to the APK file, you can now transfer it to your computer:

adb pull /data/app/com.example.someapp-2.apk path/to/desired/destination

Make sure to replace “/data/app/com.example.someapp-2.apk” with the correct path you obtained in the previous step and specify the destination path where you want the APK file to be saved on your computer.

Repeato: Streamlining Your Testing Workflow

While extracting APK files can be useful, it’s just one part of the broader app development and testing process. Our tool, Repeato, offers a no-code test automation solution for both iOS and Android. With its ability to create, run, and maintain automated tests easily, it’s particularly efficient for editing and running tests. Repeato is compatible with various app frameworks, including React Native, Flutter, and Unity, and supports the execution of ADB commands through script steps.

Whether you’re dealing with APK files or setting up automated tests, tools like Repeato can significantly enhance your productivity and ensure the quality of your applications. By incorporating computer vision and AI, Repeato simplifies the test automation process and allows you to focus on what matters most—delivering exceptional app experiences to users.

For more information on mobile app testing and automation, be sure to explore our comprehensive guides on mobile UI testing tools and cross-platform mobile test automation tools.

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