Google launched a brand new technique to distribute Android apps in 2018, referred to as app bundles. Whereas common apps comprise sources for each possible display dimension and structure, app bundles solely embrace the parts that your particular system wants, organized into cut up APKs. Whereas app bundles assist save space for storing and knowledge utilization, they don’t seem to be one-size-fits-all APK information — the app bundle that Google Play saves to your system solely has the parts in your particular structure/display dimension.
The construction of an app bundle
The change to separate APKs additionally grew to become an issue for our sister website APKMirror. Many high-profile apps — together with Netflix, Chrome, and others — have adopted the brand new know-how, making them unattainable to add to the location. Fortunately, after over a yr of improvement, and a major quantity of labor by APKMirror’s gifted builders, the answer is lastly right here: the APKMirror Installer app.
The day is lastly right here – APKMirror Installer (beta) is reside.
Sure, this implies cut up APK app bundle assist is reside on @APKMirror!
— Artem Russakovskii (@ArtemR) March 21, 2020
APKMirror Installer is a brand new Android app, accessible at no cost by way of the Google Play Retailer, which may set up cut up APK containers downloaded from APKMirror. You can’t obtain, replace, or add apps by way of the Installer straight, as a result of then it could basically be an app retailer. In its present kind, APKMirror Installer isn’t any completely different than a file supervisor, which suggests we will distribute it on the Play Retailer with out breaking Google’s tips.
If you obtain an app from APKMirror that’s constructed for cut up APKs, you may get a .apkm file. That is the file format we developed, which accommodates the bottom APK and all of the cut up APKs you may want for sideloading. It isn’t an open format, nevertheless it’s an encrypted one that you would be able to be certain is secure to put in (you possibly can learn our full clarification right here).
When you obtain a .apkm file from APKMirror, simply open up the Installer, choose the file, and faucet the Set up button. The app will show all of the cut up APKs contained in the file and pre-select those your system wants (you possibly can nonetheless make changes, if you want). After that, merely faucet Set up once more, and watch the magic occur. You do not have to pick out the file from inside APKMirror Installer, both — opening the file from an internet browser or different utility additionally works.
APKMirror Installer can be used to put in commonplace APK information, downloaded from APKMirror or elsewhere. If an APK cannot be put in, the app gives you detailed error messages that Android itself would not present (until you sideload by way of ADB), which may positively turn out to be useful.
As a result of huge quantity of effort it took to develop each the Installer app and APKMirror’s cut up APK assist, the Installer app is supported by commercials. For those who do not wish to see any advertisements, now we have subscription choices accessible within the app — you should use a few of that Google Play credit score you’ve got been gathering from Opinion Rewards.
One remaining word: the Installer app remains to be in beta testing, so you could run into some crashes. For those who do encounter points, please report them at our GitHub bug tracker.