Let’s see, What is APK file in Android. In previous tutorials, You have seen, to automate the Mobile App, You need APK file, App Package, and App Activity.
What is APK File?
Android application package (APK) is the package file format used by the Android operating system for distribution and installation of mobile apps.
Just like Windows PC systems use a .exe file for installing software, Android does the same. An APK file is the file format used for installing software (usually games or apps) on the Android operating system.
How to get APK file of Andriod App
It’s very easy to get the APK file of an application. APK file of mobile application stores on your mobile device, We just need to get it and transfer in our machine to perform Testing. You can follow the below-mentioned steps to get the APK file of any application.
Open your Devie and go to Play store.
Now download and Install the new application “ASTRO File Manager”
Again open the Google Play store.
Download the another Application “APK Extractor”.
Now we have two tools “ASTRO File Manager” & “APK Extractor“. ASTRO application is useful to manage and find the available files and APK Extractor used to extract the Application APK file.
Let’s see how can you use these tools and find the APK file and place this file in your project.
- Open the APK Extractor Application.
- Click on the Application, Which does application’s APK file you want. When you click on the application, APK Extractor extracts the APK file and store this file in the directory “ExtractedApks” . This directory may be stored in your phone internal memory or external memory it depends on your phone setting.
- Now open the ASTRO application and try to find a directory named “ExtractedApks“.
- Open ExtractedApks directory, Here you will find the APK file of an application on which you clicked in the APK Extractor application.
In my case, I have extracted the Whatsapp APK file because it’s popular and stable application.
You will find APK file. Now connect your phone to your machine and go to ExtractApksDirectory, Copy the Application APK file and keep it on your machine.
I have extracted the WhatsApp APK file and put this file inside the “Apps” inside my Project.