Can the APK file of a paid app be used for free on my friend’s Android device?

Drsunil V December 8, 2013
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Can the APK file of a paid app be used for free on my friend’s Android device¬†after extracting the APK?

  1. Drsunil V
    December 11, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Thanks to all respondents. Yes , it is illegal! The motive to ask was technical know-how. In addition , one can avoid such acts by this knowledge

  2. suzi
    December 11, 2013 at 8:37 am

    This is illegal to use APK of paid application if you don't pay.

    suzi

  3. Timothy C
    December 10, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Unless your device is set up right, I'd say it's a no go, not to mention that's stealing. Though there are certain tricks that used to work with Titanium Backup, I'll give you that hint at least, might get you headed in the right direction.

    • Dalsan M
      December 21, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Titanium has a few tricks up its sleeve, but if you are going that far, you should be Lucky to Patch the apps, if you catch my drift. Anyways, knowledge does no harm, unless it is used against another and causes damages.

  4. Arpit
    December 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Yes .....
    You just have to check the checkbox in settings>>apps >> unknown sources
    and you are ready to go :)

  5. Harry B
    December 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    No, it won't work, because when you buy an app and download it it is "singed". This means that google adds a little bit into the source code that identifies your phone and your google account so that the app is permitted to load. If you extract the apk file and de-sign it, and then put it on your friends phone then it should work.

    But of course it is a form of piracy, which is illegal. Piracy is also something which is really painful for the developers of android applications, as they often make next to nothing from their apps after all the work they put into to making them, because so many people pirate their apps and use them without paying. If you can, please support developers by buying their apps, not pirating them.

    • Drsunil V
      December 11, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Yes , it is illegal! The motive to ask was technical know-how. In addition , one can avoid such acts by this knowledge , by increasing awareness through this topic's url reaching to many readers

  6. Hovsep A
    December 9, 2013 at 9:31 am

    some apk will sync to the google account to verify and work properly, i think Tasker does it.

  7. Oron J
    December 9, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I'm not sure whether or not it will work, but it will certainly be illegal.

  8. Dalsan M
    December 9, 2013 at 6:21 am

    It depends on if and how the app looks up the licensing (if it is paid or not under the account being used). It also depends on how the application installs and where (if any extra data is needed) is placed within the android system. Sometimes the extracted apk file only installs the application, but does not install any of the necessary data files required for the application to run.

    Some apps will work, but even if it does work, it is not legal to share a paid application without the other user paying the developer or purchasing the app from the market or app store.

  9. Kamil K
    December 8, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I'm not sure but I did try to share a paid app & it didn't work.

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