By default, files (pictures, documents, videos, and apk etc.) Downloaded from the internet are usually saved in an SD card or phone internal memory, but apps downloaded directly from Google PlayStore are hidden on SD card or internal memory, because they are saved as .asec extension inside __.android_secure__ folder instead of the usual .apk extension.

This feature makes it difficult for people to share or upload apps downloaded directly from Google PlayStore with friends on the internet, or to keep an earlier version of an app before updating to a newer version, or for any other personal purposes.

Today, in this post I will show you three methods you can use to create backup of apps installed from Google PlayStore anywhere on your SD card. Although, there are quite a number of them.

HOW TO CREATE A BACKUP OF APPS DOWNLOADED FROM PLAYSTORE

METHOD 1
» It requires an app called Apk Extractor. Download HERE

» Apk Extractor will extract Apk that are installed on your android device and copy them to your SD card.

» By default when you install Apk extractor on your android phone, your extracted apks will be saved in /sdcard/Extracted/Apks/

» After installing, open the app and navigate to the app you want to extract > click on the app.

» your apk will be successfully saved on your SD card.

METHOD 2
» This is done with the help of ES File Explorer. Download HERE.

» Launch the app, then swipe to the right. You should see a screen similar to the one on the image below.

» Select APP. After that long press to select the app/apps you wish to backup.

» Select Backup. As seen on the image above.

» File is stored on SD card under Backup folder.

METHOD 3
» Requires two phones, or a PC.

» You need to have file transmission apps like Xender, Share it, etc. Installed on the phones or PC.

» After you've downloaded the app from playstore, connect the two phones using either Xender or Share it. Then send the app to the other phone.

» The other phone receives the app as a Backup (raw file) which can be installed at anytime.

» The backup file is stored on either sdcard/xender/app folder (if you used Xender) or sdcard/shareit/app folder (using share it)

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