There are many apps in the Google Play Store which allows you to convert your installed apps into APK files so that you can share them with other apps or keep them as backups. One of such apps is APK Share & Backup which doesn’t even require root privileges to convert and save your apps into APKs install files. Follow these steps to convert installed apps to APK files and share them:

  • Install APK Share & Backup
  • Open APK share
  • From the list you can select single app or multiple app
  • Press Share to share the apk of the app to other apps like Gmail, Drive, Email, Bluetooth and so on.
  • Press Backup to save the apk file to your SDcard or external storage

This is a very handy app if you want to instantly transfer your app’s APKs to your friends via bluetooth.  Also, make sure that “Allow installation from Unknown Sources” is checked in your Android’s Security settings. For this:

  1.  Go to your Android’s system settings
  2.  Open Security
  3. Check “Unknown Sources”
  4. Now install the APK file

This wikiHow teaches you how to extract the Android Package File (APK) of an Android app so that you can install the app on another Android phone without having to use Google Play. This is helpful for installing old apps on new phones, installing apps scaled for small screens on larger devices, or testing compatibility with newer and/or older Android devices.   Part1

Using APK Extractor

  1.   1 Open APK Extractor. It’s a green app with a white Android robot on it. The APK Extractor app will allow you to save an app’s APK file to your Android’s memory, at which point you can share the file.[1]
    • If you haven’t yet downloaded APK extractor, first do so from the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ext.ui
     
  2.   2 Locate an app whose APK you wish to extract. Usually, this will be an app that you’d like to transfer to another phone or tablet.
    • Don’t extract the APK’s of paid apps, since doing so constitutes piracy.
     
  3.   3 Tap ⋮. It’s to the right of an app’s name. Doing so will both prompt the app to back up to your Android’s SD card and bring up a menu window.
    • On a Google device (e.g., Nexus or Pixel),  will be replaced by a downward-facing arrow.
     
  4.   4 Tap share. This option should be at the top of the menu window.  
  5.   5 Tap a share option. In most cases, the APK file will be larger than is ideal for sending via email, so you’ll likely need to choose a cloud service (such as Google Drive).
    • For example, if you want to send the APK file to Dropbox and you have the Dropbox app installed on your Android, you’d tap Dropbox and then tap Add to upload the APK.
     
  6.   6 Upload the APK. Once you’ve selected a cloud service and uploaded the APK file, you’re ready to transfer the APK to another Android device.    

  Part2

Using Solid Explorer File Manager

  1.   1 Open Solid Explorer File Manager. It’s a blue folder app. This app will allow you to save extracted APKs to your Android’s internal storage, from which point you can send the APKs to another device by sharing them.[2]
    • If you haven’t yet downloaded Solid Explorer File Manager, first do so from the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=pl.solidexplorer2&hl=en
    • The full version of this app costs $1.99. You’ll need to purchase the full version after fourteen days.
     
  2.   2 Swipe from left to right across the screen. Doing so will invoke a pop-out menu from the left side of the page.  
  3.   3 Tap Applications. It’s a tab in the middle of the left-hand pop-out menu.  
  4.   4 Tap User Apps. This option will display only the user-installed apps.
    • You can also tap System Apps here if you wish to extract the APK of a pre-installed app.
     
  5.   5 Tap and hold an app from which you wish to extract an APK. After a second, you should see several icons appear at the top of the screen.  
  6.   6 Tap ⋮. This option is in the top-right corner of the screen.  
  7.   7 Tap    . It’s in the top-right corner of the screen.  
  8.   8 Tap a share option. In most cases, the APK file will be larger than is ideal for sending via email, so you’ll likely need to choose a cloud service (such as Google Drive).
    • For example, if you want to send the APK file to Dropbox and you have the Dropbox app installed on your Android, you’d tap Dropbox and then tap Add to upload the APK.
     
  9.   9 Upload the APK. Once you’ve selected a cloud service and uploaded the APK file, you’re ready to transfer the APK to another Android device.

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