Google keeps a running list of previously downloaded apps available in the Play Store, but if you want to genuinely backup and own the apps you buy, you need to extract the APKs to a safe location. Not a problem. Rooted users just need to navigate to the correct location and save those files. Even if you're not rooted, finding an app that will get those APKs for you isn't all that difficult. But after that's done, eventually you're stuck with a bunch of awkwardly named files that aren't that easy to keep up with. In this case, LocalAPK is just the piece of software that could make life easier for Windows users. Its sole purpose is organizing and managing APKs.


LocalAPK is jam packed with features. You can bulk rename files to something more readable such as their package or application names. When it comes time to move a file back to a smartphone, you can transfer it over using just a QR code. As for the files that have grown outdated, this program will empower you to remove them quickly and easily.

The software is free, so if you have a growing folder of APKs sitting around, or you're thinking about having a folder with a bunch of APKs sitting around, go give it a shot.


Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • syntaxxerror

    An Android version of this would be very useful.

  • chinna_rao

    Thank you @Bertel for showing this wonderful app...
    have been sitting on my horribly backed up app collection for too long

  • Raymond Berger

    This is just awesome. I've been wanting something like this.

  • alamarco

    Is there a root app that can backup all APK's at once instead of having to grab them one by one? The app linked in the OP isn't a root app so won't have access to all app APK's.

    I've already lost a few paid apps on my Samsung Note 2 and now that I'm on a Google Nexus 5 and rooted I think it's time I back up so I no longer lose anything.


    • Sruly J

      Titanium backup

    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

      Wait, how do you even lose paid apps?
      I figured once you've paid for one, you'd be able to redownload it whenever you like..?

      Then again, I haven't had any paid apps since I can't add money to my Google account and Play Gift Cards aren't available.

      • alamarco

        Either Google or the dev can remove an app from the Play Store. If this happens and you don't have the APK you will lose the ability to install the app after a factory reset, new phone, etc.

        You can back up most apps without root, but some apps are protected. If the app is protected you won't be able to back it up without root.

        With my Samsung Note 2 I was able to find the app I wanted with adb, but I couldn't back it up because it was protected. I wasn't rooted and I knew the app was removed from the Play Store already. I was out of luck and couldn't get the app.

        The auto backup in iTunes is one of the few good things about iTunes. Never lost an app in iTunes as it was always backed up. Now thanks to the people who posted above, I can back up my Android apps efficiently.

    • abobobilly

      Well you could do it TWO ways.
      1. Via Titanium Backup by using "Batch Backup" (only paid Titanium Backup will be able to do it).
      2. Via PC using software like Wondershare Mobile Go, MoboGene, MoboRobo, MyPhoneExplorer.

      Alternatively, if its just the APKs you desire ... then you can improvise. Use a good file explorer like Solid Explorer (which you should be using because how wonderful it is) ... go to your Root Directory > Select All > Copy > and then paste whenever you want by quickly switching to a different location.

      Its easy, whichever way you pick :)

    • jazzruby

      ES File Explorer has an App Manager that can back up all apps (including system)
      the apps colored white (not backed up), colored green (backed up), colored red (backed up but newer version installed). It backs up apps with version numbers so doesn't overwrite your previous backups.

      • alamarco

        Thanks! Didn't know ES had this capability. I actually use ES as my file manager so that was really helpful.

  • Spasillium

    Beautiful. The Play Store update check is perfect for stock Google apps that I want to ensure are up to date before integrating them into my personal ROMs

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  • abobobilly

    Thanks AP for mentioning this app. It'll be VERY VERY useful for me. I have been using "APKInfo" but despite being a major wonder, it was absolute inconvenience, which couldn't even do Drag & Drop.

    This however, seems better and less convenient solution.

  • Crispin Swickard

    Thanks for the heads up for this, and Apk Share & Backup.. I didn't know that could be done non-rooted. I like to toss APKs to my drive account so I don't have to download them on each device from the original link each time, or transfer from PC. e.g. GApps posted on AP :)

  • Viking

    It doesn't do the whole job. I have several App's that it fails to backup. I do not know why, but I'm not surprised as I havn't found any other App that could do it either. There's something about certain apps that won't let you extract the Apk from them....