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How to download apps from Android Market to your computer [How-To Guide]

[1]Since Android Market came alive, everybody was waiting for the solution to download Android apps directly from Android Market to their computers. The ability to download apps to your computer and then transfer the APKs to your Android device is extremely useful in situations where you have limited access to Android Market on your device, such as Amazon Kindle Fire users. Well wait no longer, thanks to APK Downloader.

What Is APK Downloader?

APK Downloader is an extension for the Google Chrome allows you to download apps (their APKs — the installers) from ‘Market directly to your computer. The extension bypasses any location or device restrictions, allowing you to easily sideload apps that aren’t yet available for your region, or try out those that are supposedly incompatible with your device. This guide shows you how to use APK Downloader to download apps to your computer and then install them on your Android device. (Note: You aren’t installing Android apps on your computer — you are downloading APKs onto your computer so you can then transfer them to your Android device.)

Take note APK Downloader does not allow you to download paid apps unless you have specifically bought those paid apps.

How To Download Apps From Android Market On Your Computer

Before We Begin

Before we being, take note you need to have the latest version of Google Chrome (v17 or higher) and, of course, an Android device.

If you don’t already have Google Chrome v17 or higher, download it [2] on your computer. Also, you will need to know the Device ID for your Android device. To get the Device ID do the following:

If You Have Access to Android Market on Android Device

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Write this ID somewhere safe — you will need to input it soon.

If You Don’t Have Access to Android Market on Android Device

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Write this ID somewhere safe — you will need to input it soon.

How To Download Apps Downloading Apps

To start downloading apps from Android Market to your computer, do the following:

Disclaimer: Using APK Downloader violates Android Market’s official terms of use. Proceed with APK Downloader at your own risk. dotTech, Ashraf, and Vinod are not responsible for any gain or less that may incur by following this guide.

Note: APK Downloader works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux but this guide is for Windows only.

First Time Setup [8]

As you can see in the screenshot, you need to disable SSL error warnings before you can use APK Downloader. The next step shows you how to do that.

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Click OK when you are done.

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Conclusion

This is an extremely useful trick for those that face limitations on Android Market, such as lack of access or their region/carrier is blocking some specific apps. All dotTechies enjoy this trick; and please don’t use for any wrong purposes.