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How to get an APK file on AndroidStudio?

Android Studio

AndroidStudio is needed for specialized installation of certain programs, as well as the development of your own projects. You can write code using all the supported languages for Google's operating system. However, you need to start with basic skills.

The first thing to do is to create an APK file so that when you open it on your device, an application is created that is packaged in the document. The analysis of such a moment will be made in this material.

How do I create an APK file?


Users have 2 scenarios for creating APKs. The first is standard, because all parameters are set exclusively by the user and no one else. The main thing here is to indicate everything correctly, because if something goes wrong, you will have to redo everything and start the process from the very beginning.

However, there are times when it is more convenient to use the automatic file generation process. Users have the opportunity to choose any of the methods of interest. Therefore, it is worth dealing with each scenario.

Manually, the process is carried out using hikes through the settings menu in the AndroidStudio program. The algorithm itself is not as complex as it may seem at first glance. It is enough to do a small chain of actions:

  1. In the Build tab, you can find the "GenerateSignedAPK" item. This is what you will need for the process of starting the compilation of the signed application. It is advisable to check the file with all the data of the file – "build.gradle";
  2. Next, the process of compiling the APK will go. You don't need to do anything during this. You just need to wait until the AndroidStudio program completes the process and it becomes possible to test the new project on a device with an OS from Google;

At the end of the procedure, it remains only to check where the file is located. To do this, you need to use the name specified during the procedure - it is entered in a special search box of Explorer or Finder (in macOS).

But it is much easier to have an automatic process – you do not need to do anything complicated. There everything is even simpler with the algorithm of actions. When there is a ready-made project, you need to click on the "Run" button, after which the process of compiling your creation will begin. The procedure may take some time, but after that, the user will be provided with 2 files:

  • The signature of the application, which is almost not used in any way. It usually looks something like this: "filename"-release-uunaligned.apk;
  • The program itself, which is subject to distribution, as a commercial product. It is called "filename"-release.apk. After changing the name, it is possible to freely distribute this document on the network and give it to anyone.

Learn more about Android


Unlike other programming languages, Android users will not have any files like .jar or similar ones – they have a different format on their hands. Web applications have not appeared on mobile devices for a long time, and therefore, people simply work with .apk format. No more is provided – therefore, there will be no difficulty in installing or transferring the information.

Transferring the installation file of the program for a mobile system is simple - you just need to copy or move it to another drive. And it works on the principle of .exe - all the contents are unpacked when opened. Internal data can not be obtained in any way - only with the help of specialized utilities for developers. So, it is difficult to damage or change it without special skills.