As an Android user, you might have wondered if there was any way you could download the APK files from the Google Play Store on your computer rather than installing them directly on the device. Well if you did wish for it, today is your lucky day. We are going to check out a simple Windows tool which can download APK files of any app from the Play Store. This feature can be really helpful when you need to install country or device restricted apps on your Android smartphone.
Real APK Leecher
To get started, download and extract Real APK Leecher files to a folder in your computer and launch the executable file Real APK Leecher. When the app is launched for the first time, it will ask your Google login information which is linked to Android along with the device ID information. The easiest way to find the device ID is by opening the dialer and entering *#*#8255#*#*.
In some phones, like HTC, this method might not work and in such cases you will have to install an app called Device ID from the Play Store. When launched the app presents your device ID without any additional effort.
Note: The app directly asks for your Google password which is something that might concern many.
Having done that, select the folder where you wish to download the APK files along with the default file name format to download them. Once you are done with the configuration click on the OK button to open the main window. To download an app, search it using the search box provided at the top-right corner of the screen.
After you make the search, the app will try to log in to your Google Play Store account and list all the apps that match the searched term. If you don’t get any results, click on the Edit button—>Option and recheck the Google login credentials along with the device ID you entered while configuring the app. You can also filter the results that are returned by the app or vendor name.
Now to download an APK, simply right-click on the app icon in the list of apps and select the option Download this App. The APK file of the app will be downloaded to the folder saved in the app configuration. Advanced users can fake their SIM Operator Numeric while configuring the app and download country restricted apps to the PC and then later export it to Android and install it manually.
The app also lists premium apps but their APK can only be downloaded if you have purchased them on the Play Store. Premium apps attempted to download without purchasing will give you an error.
Another amazing feature of the app is that you can keep track of the version of the APK files that you have downloaded from the Play Store and get notified when an app receives an update. You can then download the new APK file to replace the existing one.
The tool does a pretty decent job but there’s a catch: to use the app, you require Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer. And if you follow this blog, you know we recently warned you against using Java due to the recent hacking incidents where its vulnerabilities played a role. So, your call. Just make sure you disable the Java add-ons installed in your browsers if you decide to go ahead with this.