One of the advantages of Android is that it is possible to install applications from outside the store, through its APK. In addition, it is also possible to extract the APK of any installed application , with applications such as Solid Explorer or ML Manager . If you use Nova Launcher, you don’t need to install anything else.
Whoever has Nova Launcher, has an APK extractor of installed applications. With this somewhat hidden function, you will be able to record the APK of any installed application, even if it is from the system . Afterwards, you can send it to someone else with applications such as Telegram or WhatsApp , if you wish.
Add the menu to Nova Launcher
The most recent versions of Nova Launcher allow you to extract the APK of any installed application, although you must first add the corresponding menu. This function is added in the context menu that appears when you long-tap an application on the desktop or in the application drawer. Technically, it is the shortcuts menu or App Shortcuts .
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By default, the menu to record APK is not active, so you must enter the Nova Launcher settings and activate it. You will find the setting within the Appearance section , then entering Style from the pop-up menu . Then a series of boxes appear with the available menus. Check the Save APK box in the app drawer or on the Desktop, whichever you prefer.
If you only have a few applications on your mobile desktop, then it will pay you more to add the menu in the application drawer. Of course, nothing prevents you from adding it in both places . In the latest version of Nova these shortcuts are displayed in the same row, so they don’t really take up much more space.
Extract any APK
The second part is even easier. Make a long tap on the application for which you want the APK, until the shortcut menu opens. The top bar shows the icons of the utilities that are configured in the settings, so the APK icon should appear .
After pressing it, if you have several file managers on your mobile, you will be asked to choose which one to use. This application will be used for you to choose where you want to save the APK that has been generated. Nova export doesn’t allow you to share the APK per se, so you’ll need to use another app for that.
Of course, keep in mind that this APK that is generated is the version of the application for the architecture of your mobile . That is, it is not guaranteed that said APK can be installed and work on another mobile from another brand or with another version of Android.