Google does not and will never allow downloads of APK files from the Play Store as it is against their terms. The only way you can install apps on your device via the Google Play Store is to download the app on your phone while it is connected to a WiFi or mobile network. In case you have a limited data plan, downloading heavy apps on your device might be a pain in the a**. That said, you will then try to download APKs from the web via different sites that allow APK downloads. While that causes trouble again, there is an easy alternative for you to download APKs from the Play Store directly to your computer – the APK Downloader.
APK Downloader works as a free web service and via a Chrome extension too. It removes the restriction Google imposes on your device and region. For example, you may not be able to install Daashclock Widget if your device does not run Android 4.2+. For many reasons, downloading an APK file makes tasks much easier and APK downloader makes it easy to download APKs from Play Store.
To get started, you need to visit APK downloader and simply enter the URL of the app that you see on the Play Store. For example, if you want to download WhatsApp apk, the link would be
The package name is com.whatsapp. You can either enter the URL of the app or the package name to generate the direct download link for the app.
This makes downloading APK files from Play Store easy but there is yet another easier method for Chrome users. APK downloader offers you with an extension that can hook up into your Chrome browser and sit as a small button on the top when you visit an app’s Google Play page.
For this, you first need to download the Chrome Extension from here. Press Cntrl + H on your keyboard which opens Chrome history. Select Extension option from the left and drop the .crx file you downloaded on this page. The extension will be installed. Click on the options link you see next to the extension’s name after which you will be shown the following screen:
You now need to enter the Gmail ID you use with your Android device along with its password and GSF ID. To get this, you need your GSF Android ID which is used by Google’s services to identify your device. To find this, you can either install the Device ID app from Play Store or, you can simply dial *#*#8255#*#* on your device. If it opens “GTalk Service Monitor”, find lines that begin with JID and Device ID . Your email is JID , and your device id is a string that after android- prefix.
You can go to Advanced settings and specify any country and carrier you wish to use and the extension is now ready to use. You can now visit Google Play Store and find the APK downloader button on the top right next to the URL of the app.
Please note that this service does not generate download links for paid apps and hence prevents warez. The service is probably the best one I have come across when I wish to download APK files directly from Play Store.