Feb 25 AT 12:51 AM Nick Gray 93 Comments

Download Android applications on your PC directly from the Android Market


If you’ve always wanted a way to download an application from the Android Market directly to your PC, boy do we have the right thing for you. An Android developer by the name of redphx sent us an email today, introducing us to APK Downloader. It’s a Chrome extension which allows users to download application APK files directly from the Android Market to their desktop.

In order to use the APK Downloader extension, you’ll need the latest version of Chrome on your computer. Then you will need to disable the browser’s SSL error warnings, enter your device ID number, email and password. Your email and password are stored locally on your computer and are only used when the Chrome extension tries to grab the Android Market cookie to download the APK file from the Android Market. Once your setup is complete, simply browse the Android Market with your Chrome browser on your PC, find an app you would like to download, and click the APK Downloader icon which appears in the address bar when you are on the application page.

At first, we couldn’t think of any real reason to use APK Downloader, but then we realized that there are plenty of Kindle Fire users who do not have access to many of the applications that are only available on the Android Market, plus there are many apps which are made available only for specific devices. Come on, do developers really think that all those Tegra games can not be played on devices with Qualcomm chips?

I don’t think the APK Downloader extension for Chrome is going to change anybody’s life, but it will be handy tool for those of you who have devices with limited access to the Android Market and simply want to enjoy their applications on as many device as possible.

Give the APK Downloader extension a try and let us know what you think.

Source: codekiem

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

    Sounds like a cool hack, but I bet the Device ID still blocks devices that aren’t supposed to access the Market. I guess that could be spoofed though. My guess is Google finds a way to disable this soon hah.

    • NasLAU

      This is exactly my concern. I downgraded phones so there are some apps that could technically work on my phone but I’m not allowed to download. I don’t see much use for this app for me at this time.

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

      It basically uses the same mechanism as the Android Market client app, so I doubt they would block it in any way that would not be easily circumvented.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      That’s why I mention it would be great for people with multiple devices. I’m sure most people with the Kindle Fire or other android devices that don’t have access to the market do have at least one device with market access.

    • mayur

      no my frnd i don’t think so…

    • hardeep

      can i download android apps to my pc and then send it to my xperia

    • Austin Tidwell

      Just find a friend with an Android 4.0, use their Device ID, and copy the .apk to your device :p

    • Prajjwal Acharya

      i was looking for this app.. to get the .apk file and install it on my tab.. as it turns out that my tab is not registered with google play.. and neither can it anywhere else..

      hope it works… :)

  • Matt

    Why would Google want to block this? You are using their market place to “sideload” apps onto the Kindle Fire. What Google should try to stop is Amazon using their operating system and completely stealing Google’s revenue.

    • professandobey

      Google is all about openness. They view this not as a problem for them to stop in a blocking sort of manner, but rather a problem for them to stop by being more competitive in an open system.

      • Ali

        Google is all about openness? =)) sorry for you man! Don’t be so naive. And also read ‘someone’s comment on this page (dated 02/25/12 7:15 PM) quoted from Google terms & conditions itself.

  • txbluesman

    Sounds cool. Now I can get a couple of those apps that my daughter wanted on her Kindle.

  • jak2rocks

    Hmm… I don’t see many people benefiting from this. But, who knows? At least it’s available for those who need it.

  • http://blog.artesea.co.uk artesea

    I could see it working where you might have patchy 3G on your phone whilst having 100 meg broadband on a work PC, or little allowance left and seeing the app is 50mb. But otherwise I’m happy to just hit send to device.

  • spazby

    Sounds like a cool idea, will fiver give it a try…

  • sid

    thanks for the info, really helpful

  • http://www.bossyman15.com Adam Clark

    not working for me. I couldn’t disable ssl.

  • Dragonithe

    This might removes the need for market eneblerer and a rooted device to get those stupid us only google apps

  • parno

    what if this tool is just collecting your access codes / ids ?

    • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

      It does look to route all download requests to the developer’s server before sending off to the Market. Since the developer knows how to encode the request, the developer also knows how to decode it on the server and store values. Not saying that’s what is happening, just that it is certainly possible.

      • redphx

        Hi Justin,
        I’m redphx, the developer of this extension.
        I have to open a new tab to http://codekiem.com/apk-downloader/download/#….. because that is the only way to make this extension work. If you’re a web developer, I’m willing to explain why I did that.
        And about the “encoded request”, because I put it after the hashtag, so that infomation won’t be sent to my server, then I can’t get that data.
        If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask :)


        Sorry for my bad English

        • http://www.nexsoftware.net Justin Shapcott

          Got it. Thanks for the info.

        • Y314K

          Been looking for something like this for a while…

          Any chance of getting a addon for FireFox ???

        • Y314K

          or why not have spoofed or open accounts just for this program for us that don’t want to have to keep a Android Market log in… All we want is the download the APK (Specially on free apps)…

  • kwills88

    This can also make it easier to just have your apk on your SD card and save some space, there are a lot of 45mb apk’s out there.

  • kazahani

    Samsung Vibrant = abandoned in a lonely corner running 2.2 FroYo. This is magical for me.

    I’ll use it till it stops working.

    • hector manzanarez

      I’m sorry but if you’re still running 2.2 something is wrong with you. Go to xda and update. Now.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        Rooting and rom flashing isn’t for everyone.

  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    Just downloaded a few apps with my G2′s credentials and sideloaded them on my HTC Flyer. I love that my Flyer has honeycomb, but I don’t understand why developers don’t allow many phone apps to be visible for HC devices.

    • Hall Lo

      Pretty neat. Esp. for those US only apps

    • Hall Lo

      Sorry wrong reply but I think maybe its becoz they dun want to have an app thats supposed to be used on phones to be “enlarged” to the big screens of HC tablets?

  • Someone

    Android Market’s ToS
    3.3 You agree not to access (or attempt to access) the Market by any means other than through the interface that is provided by Google, unless you have been specifically allowed to do so in a separate agreement with Google. You specifically agree not to access (or attempt to access) the Market through any automated means (including use of scripts, crawlers or similar technologies from time to time) and shall ensure that you comply with the instructions set out in any robots.txt file present on the Market website.

  • rkg

    Can not find the “APK Downloader App Page” so could not enter the details asked such as
    Device ID etc. Actually there is no option for that. How to fix it?
    Thank you.

  • Vijay

    It is a boon for the people who don’t android market on their phones, me included. I want it for firefox

  • Evozi

    To anyone still need it , you can get it here : http://apps.evozi.com/apk-downloader/

  • smeghead68

    Probably won’t use but always nice to have different options.

  • Corey

    Is Device ID not compatible with 2.1?

  • aranea

    Also useful for people who don’t have access to certain market items because of region restrictions.

  • donger

    nice, spread the joy.

  • Halil Qadraku

    I have trubleshoting with SSL Error

  • kinderdm

    I would love to use this for my fire but if you can only get apps for your device then im SOL. I have an old chinese tablet running on android 1.5, my logitech revue, and my kindle fire. So no way to get what I would really want. Ill give it a try regardless and maybe it can be spoofed eventually.

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  • sanju

    i like it very much on mobile and want to download on pc now…..

  • tridip

    i wnt download app frm andriod market to my PC world

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  • subhashit mahalpure

    i love you android

  • chinmay desai

    dear when i am click on icon to download its shown error plz disable SSL warning.
    Kindly suggest

  • kraken

    too complicated

  • hemant

    why not downlod market software on my pc

  • akash

    this site is nice for he android app users as any body can download any app from it very easily

    • marina

      you fool this website does not allow us to download any app easily did you got it.

  • dominos garlic bread

    this website tastes me like a garlic bread from dominos.

  • Viren

    Brothers…..this APK Downloader ..site has been removed ….months ago….try some new hack and let me know how to download it …..

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  • hasanahmed

    i like most android phone

  • pakki

    No idea

  • khushal

    nice Android

  • ali

    android pc

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    bone application

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  • mahi gour

    i like it android this is a mejig

  • m.ashraf

    verry nice

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  • varun

    no need to go always on android market icon

  • The_Anonoymous

    It works great…but can you add the add-on to other browsers..?!?!?!?

  • Rimon


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  • salman

    hi i need to install android app on my laptop eg. whats
    please advice me how

    thanks in advanced.

    • harri

      u cant bcoz most laptops use windows os and these r android apps

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  • anood

    i like android

  • Rajesh Sidhwani

    how to use Android application run on our computer?

  • akyz

    all these hacks are bullshit.
    use “bluestacks” software.

  • farai

    good product

  • anshul goel

    plz given me andriod


    I want to Android software

  • Tarun

    Nice article. Please give link to rss.

  • Tarun Aggarwal

    good post but when is next thread coming?

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    Check this link to know how to download Android applications Quick and Easier way.


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  • evan

    Best Android APK Downloader

    • krish

      yup ..but its not working since 3days

  • Peter

    Looks really nice but I prefer Apk download er by Evozi.
    With that I can download the applications with a single click on my computer.

  • soaib khan

    it’s very nice

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  • Ratnaparkhi Sadashiv Sudhakar

    i want (Mobiles all android applications) are available in my P C How store Me Download this Application…This facility are not available ..why ?.

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