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How to download Android APK files without rooting

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:

  1. Get AirDroid from Google Play, this app let you wirelessly manage, control and access to Android Devices from a web browser Over-The-Air.
  2. Access your phone using AirDroid from your PC web browser,
  3. Go to Apps and select the installed app,
  4. Click the "download" button to download the APK version of this app from your phone.


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I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.