Opening APK files

Did your computer fail to open an APK file? We explain what APK files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your APK files.

What is an APK file?

APK files are application packages that have been created for Google's Android mobile operating system. The Android operating system is based on the Linux OS and was initially developed by the Open Handset Alliance for use on mobile phones, however, the Android OS is now being used for mobile tablet devices in addition to mobile phone usage.

The files that contain the .apk file extension store the files that are needed to run a single Android application on an Android mobile device. The .apk file itself is a compressed file archive that contains the code files for the application, the AndroidManifest.xml file and the application resource files.

Software that will open, convert or fix APK files

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

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