In this post we will discuss games APK. Even if you are not familiar with what an APK is, if you are an Android user you would have heard of an APK. What is an APK?
An APK, also known as Android Package, is a package file format that the Android operating system uses for distribution and installation of mobile apps.
Basically, an APK has all the required elements an app needs to have so that it can be installed on a device. Games APKs are APKs for games.
When you go to the Google Play Store to download a game, it downloads and installs the games APK for you by itself. But there is another way to do it.
You can manually install games APK on your phone
When any game is launched or there is an update, it would take a while for the app to be on the Play Store. If you install an APK you can get the game or the update before time. Using an APK you can also install apps that are not available on the Play Store. This is known as sideloading and Google allows it.
If you are an avid gamer, you would like to install games APK on your Android device. Many games APK are leaked before their launch. When you download an APK you are actually installing an app.
Also, it could be that you like to use an older version of an app or a game. If you have an APK, you can keep using the older version even when a new update is launched. Before installing the APK on your phone, you would first need to download the APK on a PC or Laptop. Here are a couple of things you need to keep in mind when you download an APK.
Be careful from where you download games APK
However you need to be very careful from where you download games APK. There are lots of illegal APKs available. Some of these might contain malware that may infect your phone. Download games APK only from trusted sites. Some of the top sites for games APK download are APKMirror, AppBrain and AndroidFreeeware, APKTurbo, NViso Apkscan and APKWing. Search for the game or the type of game and you are good to go.
Download a security tool for games APK testing
Download a security app which checks the games APK and tells you whether it is safe. You can use tools like VirusTotal, Hash Droid Metadefender. These security apps let you upload an APK and check it for any anomalies. Once the scan is done you get a report and also know whether it is safe to download the APK or not. Some of these sites may have a limit to the size of the APK you can scan.
Post this you can install the APK on your phone. We will discuss that process in another post.