Download Android Apps (.APK Files) from Google Play on PC

Updated!! Please read the Major Update content below.

Update 2: If the method in this post don’t work, try the other way found here

Update 3: We now have better and online tools to download the APK files directly and more easily. Furthermore, they won’t even require a Google Play account. Find them here

Android Market (Now, Google Play) has plenty of Applications both Paid and Free which add Fun and Simplicity to your Android experience. However, downloading Applications on Phone can be a real trouble, specially if you have a slow data connection.

There is no way provided by Google to download applications on the Computer. But, a simple trick can do the Job. You’ll be able to download Apps. from Google Play directly to your computer and then transfer to your phone. Just follow the following steps to do the job:

You need Chrome browser to do the trick. If you don’t already have it, download and install it from here.

  1. Open Chrome browser and install the APK Downloader Extension (Latest stable version is 1.2.1 which supports the new Google Play).
  2. Right click on the Google Chrome icon on your desktop and Choose Properties.
  3. Choose Shortcuts tab and add  -ignore-certificate-errors –allow-running-insecure-content at the end  of Target box and click OK/Apply. Note that you need to leave a space after chrome.exe (See Fig. Below)
    Chrome ignore certificate errors
  4. Close Chrome and Restart using the shortcut at the desktop.
  5. Open the Extension’s options page and fill up all the details. You will need the Device ID app. to find your Android device ID.
  6. Now, go to Google Play and further to the Application page of the App. you want to Download.
  7. Click the APK icon in your Address Bar to start downloading the application to your PC (See Fig. Below).
    Android APK download PC

Please note that you can only download Free Apps using the Extension. It won’t show the download link for Paid Apps. You can find more info on how to use the Extension at the APK Downloader Extension’s Official Post.

Update: The latest version of Chrome is not allowing users to install 3rd party extensions. If you are receiving “Extensions, apps and user scripts can only be added from the Chrome Web Store” or a similar message while installing the extension to chrome, just download it using  a different browser and drag it to Chrome’s extensions page (chrome://chrome/extensions/) and it will install normally.

Major Update: Google Chrome doesn’t work anymore

With the recent updates to Google Chrome, the extension does not seem to be working anymore. As majority of the users reported, APK Downloader is giving out ‘Can not download this App’ error for any app they try to download. The reason for this is the implementation of some new features in Chrome in the recent releases. So the extension will continue to work if you have an older release of Chrome (<20) installed on your PC, but if it has been updated to the latest, downloading will not work. You can either choose to download an older version of Google Chrome (<20) and follow the steps above. Or you can follow the steps below which make use of Portable Iron Browser.

Doesn’t sounds to be a good idea to keep an older browser being used as your primary browser? Here Iron Browser comes to the rescue. All you need to do is download the older version of Iron Portable (provided below) and run it whenever you need to download any apps. We won’t recommend you to use this older version of Iron as your primary browser as it might have security loopholes.

Just follow these steps to download apps from Google Play using Iron Browser:

  1. Download the portable version of Iron Browser (v. 19.0.1100) – 32MB. Link here
  2. Use 7zip or any other extracting utility to extract the files to a separate folder.
  3. Once you have the files extracted, run IronPortable.exe
  4. In Iron, click on the Wrench icon in the top right (next to address bar) and select Tools> Extensions.
  5. You’ll be on the extensions page of Iron. Now open a new tab and open this article (shortlink – http://www.techmesto.com/?p=2043)
  6. Drag and drop the link to APK Downloader into the extensions tab of Iron Browser (which you opened in step 4)
  7. It will show you a warning, just click on Continue.
  8. Click on add to install the extension.
  9. Once installed,you will be presented with the Extension’s options page. Make sure that you fill out the correct Google Account information associated with your android phone. Login when done.
  10. Now you can download apps from the Play Store. Just open the page of the specific app and click on the APK Downloader icon in your address bar to download. Please note that only free apps can be downloaded and that too only the ones which are listed as compatible with your phone.
  11. Watch the following video guide if you are unable to understand or if its just too confusing.

Video Guide to download using Iron Browser:

Please submit a comment below if you are experiencing any issues.

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434 Responses to Download Android Apps (.APK Files) from Google Play on PC

  1. Yoko April 22, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    It really works and amazing, but some games such as Dungeon Hunter can’t be downloaded and some other games (Heros of Destiny) only downloaded as 2MB Instead of 200MB, please advise. Thanks.

  2. Shabaz April 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    I’m not able to add the extension… Chrome says extensions cannot be added from this website… help me… :'(

    • singhnsk April 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      You need to drag and drop it on the extensions page to install it. It even doesn’t work on chrome. Either use Iron Browser or use the other way by using APK Leecher

  3. karl May 2, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    the apk downloader at the taskbar don’t exst in mine but i followed all the steps please help please

  4. don May 4, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Hello, I have a problem.

    1st, I download a APK downloader. When I download Go Note. It suddenly pops out and says Error:
    – Please disable SSL error warnings
    -Check your account information( email and device Id).
    I’ve checked my id and email, that seems to be correct.

    2nd, I have a problem with Real APK Leechers. When I download an App. It says Download failed due to: Bad Device ID, Internet Connection and You did not purchase this app.. My Connection is fine :((

    Is there any solution for this?

    • singhnsk May 4, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

      Are you downloading a free app using the correct device ID? Should be 16 characters long 🙂 Reenter it. Sometimes you just miss out a character.

      • don May 6, 2013 at 7:02 am #

        Finally Works. Big Help. Thanks 😀

  5. Arun Verma May 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    I downloaded iron but, and did everything… but when i open the app page in google play, no any extension shows up in the address bar for downloading…. not downloaded anything till now.. plz help.

  6. Philippines May 15, 2013 at 9:50 pm #

    Works Like a Charm . Thankyou very much! 😉

  7. JJ June 3, 2013 at 7:45 am #

    Hello admin,

    Could you help me download this free app,

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fungames.carracefree

  8. Amrit June 3, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    I want to know the device id of my galaxy note korean.How to know the device id of it?
    please help me

    • singhnsk June 3, 2013 at 11:04 am #

      Use the device id app found in the play store 🙂

  9. Ayush June 3, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    hey it gives a error………
    -Please disable SSL error warnings
    -Check your account information(email and device ID)

    • singhnsk June 3, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

      Check your account in that case. Many happened to make an error while entering the 16-digit device ID.

    • Ayush June 3, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      srry now its working thanx amazing work

      • singhnsk June 3, 2013 at 2:22 pm #

        Thanks for taking the time to reply back. Enjoy!!
        If ever it stops working, disconnecting and re-login will work, else remove and re-install the Apk Downloader 😀

        • Ayush June 3, 2013 at 10:22 pm #

          ya thanx……………

  10. IT NEWS FAIR June 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Very Nice post. Thank You

    • singhnsk June 20, 2013 at 9:27 am #

      Thanks for the comment, but sorry. We are not backlinking service.

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  11. Hemanth June 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    Hello Singhnsk,
    Can i download and install the app which is incompatible with my device using above method??

    Can I get Appturbo app of the day apk file pls.. thank u

  12. Paul July 4, 2013 at 2:04 am #

    can i get apk file Proxy Settings by SHOULDIT…?

  13. shayan July 10, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Could I have hot or not apk plzZz???

  14. Prajanya July 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Hello Singhnsk,
    Can i download and install the app which is incompatible with my device using above method??

    Can I get S.L. Benfica Powershot challenge apk file please.. thank u

    • singhnsk July 19, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

      Its a paid game brother and you need to purchase it prior to downloading. I won’t do that for you 😛

      • Prajany July 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

        Can we download it or not?

        • singhnsk July 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

          If you purchase it, you might be able to download it. Never sure about how Google play plays with certain apps 😛

      • Prajanya July 19, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

        Thank you brother. I will purchase the app

  15. zubin July 22, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    same problem for me… the icon does not appera… i dont know if its something to do with the service provider which we select… 🙁

  16. zubin July 23, 2013 at 10:35 pm #

    owk..for those facing a problem with the apk downloader icon disappearing after copying this to the extensions in the iron man browser this might work for you.if you have google chrome, go to extensions and select the check box for the “developer mode” on the top pf the page then copy the crx extensions as mentioned in the above steps.

  17. Louis August 10, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

    Hello Singhnsk.
    I’m having a problem on the icon. I can’t see it on the address bar, though I have done the instructions very well. What should I do now?
    Thanks in advanced!

    • Ben October 12, 2013 at 11:46 am #

      Same problem, not showing in the address bar. Please Help!!

  18. Skull_Commander September 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    I’ve already follow your instruction to the letter and still no download icon on side of the address, I install both Iron Browser and older Chrome version 17, please help

  19. JACOB September 23, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    I was serching this only..!
    Earlier i dont able to download the apps and games from play store ..!

    I followed your step to downlad and then i am commenting
    Now by reading your post i am able to download ..!

    Thanks nice job..!

  20. JJ October 20, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hi Admin

    Couls you help download this app. Thanks.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_na

  21. JJ October 20, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Hi Admin

    Could you help me download this app. Thanks.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ea.games.r3_na

  22. pendi December 22, 2013 at 1:28 am #

    tenx’s bro

  23. JOSEPH July 29, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    IM LOOKIN FOR LUTHER VANDRUZ MUSIC FILE

  24. Rocky01 August 1, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

    thanks for your helpfull tips.It is working.

  25. likitha October 13, 2015 at 9:19 pm #

    no sooooo important

  26. bablu kumar February 7, 2016 at 12:44 pm #

    at- kaimashikoh patna city

  27. Radhe Shyam March 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

    help me on installing on PC

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.appants.motohelp

    • Narender Singh March 14, 2016 at 7:21 pm #

      You can use an emulator such as Bluestacks to install it on your PC.

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