APK File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open an APK file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle 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.

How to open APK files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension APK for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 1 different APK openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension APK

While we know of one file format using the .APK file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .APK file.