How to download Android APK files without rooting
Preinstalled applications are in
/system/app folder, these are the one that can not be removed without root access. User installed applications are in
/data/app but also can be seen nor downloaded without a root access.
If you just want to get an APK file of something you previously installed, you can do this:
- Get AirDroid from Google Play, this app let you wirelessly manage, control and access to Android Devices from a web browser Over-The-Air.
- Access your phone using AirDroid from your PC web browser,
- Go to Apps and select the installed app,
- Click the "download" button to download the APK version of this app from your phone.