This post will cover the following topics:
- What Is Apk?
- How To Open Apk File On Computer
- How To Open Apk File On Mac
- How To Open Apk File On Android
- How To Open Apk File On Ios
- How To Extract Apk File
- How To Covert Akp Files
Let us discuss each topic in detail:
WHAT IS APK FILE?
APK file means ‘Android Package’ File. It is a file format used to distribute applications on android’s operating system especially the Google’s Android operating system.
The android package file is usually saved in zipped format and the only download for android devices and android operating system supported software. Google play store is a major platform to download most APK files though other platforms exist, it appears to be the most trusted and vast platform that carries thousands of APK files in the form of android applications.
HOW TO OPEN APK FILE ON COMPUTER
Because it is an android supported file, the computer may not be able to open the APK file directly. However, the computer can still open an APK file using a computer softer known as bluestack that runs on the Android operating system. Bluestacks is an android emulator software you can install in any computer and use it to run android apps on your computer, however, those apps have to run on the bluestacks interface. You can learn more about how to run bluestacks on your computer by clicking HERE.
HOW TO OPEN APK FILE ON MAC
You can open any APK file in your MAC or window computer using chrome browser. ARC Welder is an extension for Chrome browser that enables any operating system to open APK file. As long as this extension is in your chrome browser, you can possibly open an APK file with MAC or Window computer.
HOW TO OPEN APK FILE ON ANDROID
There is no hurdles in opening APK files with android phones since it’s software designed for its operating system. To open an APK file on android you will need to download it, first of all, then click on it to open and install.
Downloading and installing APK files from unauthorized sources in android phones will require adjustment on the phone settings which usually block download and installation of APK files from unauthorized sources by default.
The authorized source for APK files download and installation on android phone is Google’s play store. Any other download and installation from another source will require that you change the default security settings on your android phone. Depending on the android phone and the android version you are using. To do that, click on the ‘Settings’ and click on the ‘Apps & Notifications’, click on the ‘Advanced’, click on the ‘Special App Access’ then click on ‘Install unknown apps’ and change the default “NO” to “YES” and exit the settings. Then go back and download the APK file this time it will be able to download and install on the phone.
HOW TO OPEN APK FILE ON IOS
IOS devices are apple products and do not recognize APK files. In other words, files for IOS cannot run on Android and PK files for Android cannot run on IOS. The two operating systems are incompatible. Therefore, it is not possible to download or open the APK file with any IOS device.
HOW TO EXTRACT APK FILE
APK files are just archives of many folders and files. You can gain access to a different component that make up the app by unzipping it with programs like 7-zip or Peazip. Those are file extractor tools that can be used on a desktop operating system.
Note that gaining access to the components that make p the app in APK file will not give you access to run them rather you will need to use ‘Bluestacks’ if you intend to run the app on your computer.
HOW TO COVERT APK FILES
Converting APK file to other formats that could be used in other devices such as IOS devices or computers will not be possible. The major change you can do to APK file is to ZIP it. Zipping it does not make it usable to other devices rather for transferring purpose.
IPA is a file format for IOS devices and EXE is a file format for windows. Both can not be converted to APK and APK can’t be converted to any of them.
However, you can possibly convert APK to BAR format. BAR is a file format for BlackBerry devices. To convert APK to BAR you will use any of the online tools that convert APK to BAR to do so. Once the conversion is complete you can use the BAR file in your blackberry device.