How to Download APK Files From Google Play – For Manual Installs


Most Android based devices come with the Play Store pre-loaded but there may be times when you want to manually download APK files from Google Play. Maybe you have a device like the Amazon Fire TV stick that does not have the Play Store and you want some Google Play apps on it. Maybe you would like to download APK files for Bluestacks or other Android emulators to use on a Windows PC. Either way with the use of simple web browser extensions it is possible to download APK from Google Play.

How to Download APK Files From Google Play – For Manual Installs

You can download APK file from Play Store using one of two browsers; Google Chrome & Mozilla Fire Fox. For this guide we show you how to download APK from Google Play using Chrome. If you want to use Fire Fox the process is very similar but you will have to source your own browser extension. This is very easy to do! [Read: How to Install Google Play Store on Amazon Fire Stick & Fire TV]

1. Add a Browser Extension to Chrome

The ability to download APK from Google play is achieved using an extension which is really an additional application for the browser. Direct APK Downloader is the best addon to use and the one we will apply in this guide. To install this click on the Chrome menu found at the top right of the screen. This is the symbol with three vertical dots. Then select More tools and then Extensions. The image that follows displays all of the required menu options. [Read: Best Android DLNA Player – Client Apps]

Download APK Files from Google Play
Add Google Chrome Extensions

The screen that follows lists all of the extensions your browser has installed on it. Scroll down to the very bottom of the screen and you will find a link call “Get extensions“. Select this and you will be taken to the Chrome Web Store. The image below shows what this screen looks like and in the top right you have a search field. Enter the words APK Downloader as shown and hit enter. Direct APK Downloader will be the first result displayed. Click on the blue ADD TO CHROME button on the right of the extension and then select GET EXTENSION from the popup that follows and Direct APK Downloader will be installed to your browser. [Read: How to Launch Android Apps from Kodi]

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Search for Google Chrome Extension

2. Download APK File from Play Store

Once you have installed the Direct APK Downloader browser extension head over to the Play Store and search for an app that you want to download the APK file for. In the below screenshot I have searched for the Tennis TV app and selected it. Notice that as we have added the necessary browser extension there is now a “Download APK” button next to the standard “Install” button. This will now be the case with all apps on the Play Store. To download APK files from Google Play simply select the big green button! [Read: Bluestacks – The Android Emulator for PC]

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Search & Download APK File

If this is the first time that you have used the Direct APK Downloader extension you will be prompted with the screen shown below.  The extension makes the download APK from Google Play process possible by simulating a connection to the Play Store from and Android device. Here you must provide your Google user ID and password and an Android/GSF ID from a physical Android device. If you do not know how to get your Android/GSF ID we will cover this next. If you are uncomfortable giving your account credentials to the extension then create a new Google account for this extension only.

You only have to enter these details on first use. Thereafter your APK files will download as soon as you hit the green button. [Read: 3 Best Windows TV Stick Devices- Alternatives to Android]

Google Play APK Download App
Login to APK Downloader Extension

3. How to Get An Android Device ID

To download APK file From Play Store you need to have an Android device. To get an Android/GSF ID you will need to have either an Android phone or tablet kicking around. Alternatively if you do not have an Android device you can use the Bluestacks Android emulator to create a virtual tablet. Either way head to the Google play store on your device and search for Device ID. It will present you with a range of applications that can pull device information from your tablet/smartphone. I suggest that you use the app shown in the screen shot below as it provides you with just the information we need here. Look for the green Android logo with a D on its belly to identify the app. [Read: How to Install Kodi on Amazon Fire TV Stick with no PC]

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Android Device ID App

When you have downloaded the Device ID app launch it and you will see the interface shown above. I have greyed out my details here but it shows you what you are looking for. The device ID shown is the number the Direct APK Download extension is asking for in the Android/GSF ID box. You should now have all of the details required and can log into the extension. You are now ready to download APK files from Google Play! [Read: Amazon Fire TV Stick Price Compare & Review]

Download APK Files From Google Play – Final Thoughts

There is nothing more to it than that. With a simple browser extension you can save any APK file to your computer. Whether you are looking to sideload apps onto Amazon Fire devices or you want to download APK files for Bluestacks this method will suite your needs. If you want to use Firefox as your preferred web browser the Download APK File From Play Store process is the same, you will just need to find a similar browser extension. Enjoy! [Read: Top 5 Handheld Games Consoles]