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File extension APK

The most common cause of problems with opening the APK file is simply the lack of appropriate applications installed on your computer. In this case, it is sufficient to find, download and install an application that supports the APK file format - this type of programs are available below.

File type Google Android Package Format
Developer Google



It should be noted that some coded data from files that your computer does not read can be sometimes previewed in a Notepad. This way, we will read passages of a text or numbers. It is worth checking if this method can also be applied to the APK files.

What should be done when an application from the list has already been installed?

Often, an installed application should automatically link to a APK file. If it did not happen, the APK file can be linked with the newly installed application manually. Simply right-click on the APK file, then from the available list select "Choose default program". Next, select "Browse" and find the application you selected. These changes have to be confirmed by pressing the "OK" button.

Programs that can open the APK file

  • Android SDKAndroid SDK
  • WinZipWinZip
  • 7-Zip7-Zip
  • WinRARWinRAR
  • BlueStacks App PlayerBlueStacks App Player
  • Zip2ApkZip2Apk
  • EclipseEclipse
  • IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA
  • Dex2JarDex2Jar
  • Xenotix APK DecompilerXenotix APK Decompiler
  • APK to BAR ConverterAPK to BAR Converter
  • JAR/JAD to APK Online ConverterJAR/JAD to APK Online Converter
Mac OS
  • Android SDKAndroid SDK
  • Apple Archive UtilityApple Archive Utility
  • Android SDKAndroid SDK
  • AndroidAndroid
  • MyBackup ProMyBackup Pro
  • Titanium BackupTitanium Backup
  • Android MarketAndroid Market

Why can’t I open the APK file?

However, problems with the APK files can also have a different background. Sometimes even the software, installed on your computer, that supports the APK files does not solve the problem. The reason for the fact that the APK file can’t be opened and used can also be:

- an incorrect link to the APK file in the registry entries
- corruption of a APK file, that you want to open
- infection of a APK file (viruses)
- insufficient computer hardware resources
- drivers out of date
- accidental deletion of the APK file from the Windows registry
- incomplete installation of the program that supports a APK file?

Solving these problems should allow the free opening and working with the APK files. If the computer still has problems with the files, use the services of an expert who will diagnose a specific cause.

My computer does not show file extensions, what should I do?

In the standard Windows settings, a computer user cannot see the APK file extension. However, you can successfully change this in the settings. Just go to "Control Panel" and select "Appearance and Personalization". Then, go to the "Folder Options" and open the "View" tab. On the "View" tab, you will find "Hide extensions for known file types" – you should mark this option and confirm by pressing "OK". At this point, the extension of all files, including the APK files should be displayed after the file name.