Phone apps are funny things. You can install them from the Play Store with just a few mouse clicks, but you will never see the associated files or have direct access to the downloaded files. In the name of simplicity, our modern mobile operating systems have hushed up the ugly inner workings of app installation and file handling.
That's positive on the whole. Most phone owners generally do not need to view application files or to know where such assets reside. From time to time, however, there is an exception – for example, if you switch to a new phone and suddenly find that a favorite app from your old device is no longer available in the Play Store.
Well, take the courage: Android actually makes it pretty Easy to find and save application files from a phone, then transfer them to another device for manual installation. All you need is a touch of power user knowledge.
If you do not know what an APK is
First things first: The file that contains an app on Android is called an APK or Android application package. That's what you download when you install an app from the Play Store, and you need to find, save, and share that to transfer an app from one phone to another.
Before we dive in, short Warning: If an app is no longer maintained in the Play Store, it will no longer be updated and there is a risk that it will no longer be completely secure or comply with current Android standards. It is not advisable to use an app that has not been actively updated, and to escape the beaten track and manually install apps should generally not be random. So be careful and only if you are familiar with the risks involved.
On your old device
- Download APK Extractor Pro from the Play Store. For an ad-free experience, ads or 99 cents (via an in-app upgrade) are free.
- Open the app, accept the terms, and grant it permission to access files on your device.
- Find the app If you want to save, tap the three-dot menu icon next to it.
- Select "Share," then select a destination that you can access on your other phone. For example, Google Drive or emailing yourself.  Transferring Android apps "data-upload-width =" 1440 "src =" https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/-cQAz1D0GW1azEUL -1Kh43pu5a8 = / 0x0: 1440×2560 / 1200×0 / filters: focal (0x0: 1440×2560): no_upscale () / cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/16333527/save_android_apps_old_phone_1.png”/>