How To Download Any APK To Your Computer

March 11, 2012

Real APK Leecher 2
While Google Play (formerly the Android Market) is fairly reliable on, there are times when certain apps are unavailable for download on your Android smartphone for various reasons (for example: the App might not be available in your country, etc). If you find yourself dealing with this problem, don’t despair as now, thanks to a unique tool by the name of Real APK Leecher, you can download any .apk file from Google Play to your computer. Once that’s done, all that remains is that you transfer the file from your computer to your Android smartphone. Next up, I’ll show you how to accomplish both these tasks with an easy, step-by-step tutorial.

Phase 1: Downloading the .APK file on your computer

Step 1: Download the Real APK Leecher tool. Use the link right here to get the archive, then unzip it to the destination folder of your choice on your computer. There is no install process, but the tool does require Java Runtime Environment 1.5.0 to be installed on your computer. If you don’t have it (or are unsure if you do), do not worry, as you’ll be prompted to download it when you run the Real APK Leecher.

Step 2: The first time you run Real APK Leecher, you’ll be asked to fill in three fields: an email address and password referring a Gmail account that is the main account on your Android smartphone, and the device ID. If you know how to find all of them, skip to step 4.

Real APK Leecher

Step 3: Finding the market account can be done by opening up the dial pad on your Android smartphone and pressing *#*#8255#*#*. This should open up the “Gtalk Service Monitor”. What follows after “JID” is your Google Play account. What follows after “Device ID: android-“ represents the device ID. The following screenshot should help you if the above explanations aren’t enough.

Step 4: Now all you have to do is search the app your want to download the APK for (you can choose to search both by the app’s name as well as by the name of the vendor). Once you found what you are looking for, right click it and select download.

Phase 2: Transferring the APK file to your smartphone

Next up, you can choose to transfer the APK file to your Android smartphone via an USB cable. That’s not very “elegant” though, so I’ll now teach you how to use WebSharing Lite to quickly transfer files (APK files included) from and to your computer via any Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Go to Google Play on your smartphone and download WebSharing Lite (the full version, priced at $2.99 allows you to upload multiple files, browse through media and stuff like that, but the Lite version is really all we need in this situation).

Step 2: Turn on Wi-Fi on your smartphone and launch the WebSharing Lite app. Once the app is loaded, go to Menu -> Settings , then tap Owner account password. Enter your new password and click OK (the same password will be used for all future connections, so make sure it’s something easy to remember).

Step 3: Back at the main screen, tap Start and WebSharing will display a URL. Go to your desktop, enter that URL, then the password you’ve set at the previous step. If you ever used Windows Explorer before (and what are the chances that you didn’t?), you’ll be fairly competent on how to transfer files back and forth between your desktop and your Android smartphone.

Step 4: Remember the APK file that you’ve downloaded in Phase 1? Just transfer that file to your smartphone and you’ll be set to go.

That does it! Now you know how to download any app from Google Play first on your computer, then to your Android smartphone, thus bypassing geo-localization, as well as any other restrictions you might encounter in what once was called the Android Market.

Comments

  • Thomas

    You’ll need to have a lot of confidence handing over your Android market account to a third party…

    • yodb

      My problem exactly!

      • some random guy

        Use the android emulator on your PC and associate another gmail adress with it, then get the device id.

        • yodb

          But this doesn’t work with paid apps, does it?

    • http://twitter.com/sangram_takmoge Sangram

      I think activating the Google 2-step verification for your account and then sharing only the ‘application specific’ password while logging in with the APK Leecher should take care of this worry.

    • Explorer

      That’s why i use sites like AppsApk.com to download apk apps.

  • Asdasdasd

    For your own security and anonymity:
    – Open a new anonymous gmail account.
    – Download something from google play.
    – Use that new/anonymous google account in this app.

    Enjoy.

    THIS PROGRAM IS COOL!

    • tricky67

      This is a fantastic way to load apps on to an otherwise useless NextBook Premier 7 which does not contain Play Store because it is not officially sanctioned by Google. All the other ways on the net of loading apps didn’t work I think because my one has the latest OS (4.0.3). Some Google apps still don’t work e.g, gmail. Any idea how I go about loading the missing Google stuff to run their apps?

  • Phuonghuy27

    Can we download the paid apps?

  • Daniel Hs Lee

    Thanks for great guides,
    you can download free apk files from http://www.whatsnewtablet.com

  • http://www.facebook.com/houkagoteatime.htt Mugi

    This is amaaaaaaazing! So awesome for me that I have to comment here and say Thanks!

  • Daan

    I agree with Thomas, I rather download download my apps from an anonymous source.
    I’ve been using Android Downloadz.net for a few months now and they have all APK’s available for download. For free.

  • Justin-Cullen

    Not Working anymore……
    Dear Android Authority people, sadly
    the software has stopped working since 2 weeks back, i did everything it was written here and this came out when i wanted to download
    ” Download failed due to bad device id or internet connection ”
    But my internet is well and my device id is correct and registered in the market though…
    Pls fix this as soon as posible, tq :(

  • innocentmonda

    I think using the secure apk sites such as… AppsApk.com or Cell11.com is much easier for me .
    Because these sites don’t ask my gmail user name and password.
    so my suggestion is AppsApk.com

  • naman

    its not working
    shows ” Download failed due to bad device id or internet connection ”

  • stevsurf

    Can Real APK Leecher be used of Android tablets?
    If so how do you finf the Device ID?

  • lookster
  • sahil

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  • sahil

    hey does samsung gt-s3770k support whats app??……

  • Bonafide¸¸

    when i type in the name of apk. a messagebox appears and it says that it cannot load the list of apps..
    it’s not working guys..

  • http://twitter.com/yashrt Yashraj Talan

    Will someone please help me? I do NOT have any Android device, but have just downloaded the Android SDK(which allows you to develop-and-run apps, which is why I downloaded it), and now I need a Device ID. I know the code-type *#*#8255#*#* on the dialing screen- but can someone please help me with a Device ID which I could use to download apps on Google Play? I would be really, really thankful to you if you are able to help me. Thanks.
    You can also mail me to yashrajtalan@gmail.com so that I can get a solution. Till then, I’ll bookmark this page for updates. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kingspian Daniel Cristea

    Thank you! It worked!!

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    Its better way to search all market app only at : http://androidappsapkdownload.com youll have all .apk file for download with single click…

  • Bridz

    I think using the secure apk sites such as… http://appwoo.net much easier for me .

  • Tom Buchannan

    Why even bother with your computer when you can download APKs directly to your phone with the APK Downloader.apk app: http://cleanfiles.net/?nWAh2TB

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