Why can’t I use Google Search to find .apk files?

Chinmay Sarupria June 26, 2013

Whenever i search for “filetype:pdf keyword” and replace keyword with whatever i want to search with, i get direct download links to the pdf but when i replace pdf with apk then it doesn’t works.

  1. Chinmay Sarupria
    June 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    From the above answers i have come to know that it is not possible to get direct apk download links.

    Thank you all for your answers.

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:56 am

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:54 am

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  4. Junil Maharjan
    June 28, 2013 at 4:43 am

    probably google hasn't made the syntax work with apk files but you can still search for apk files without the syntax. just type the app name and then type "apk".

  5. Craig Crichton
    June 28, 2013 at 3:19 am

    the reason it doesn't work is because pdf files and other files don't work the same. if you view a pdf the url will look like http://www.websitename,come/pdfname.pdf, and the pdf will then be opened by the browser, where as when you go to download a file in your case APK, it works like this:

    the url will look like http://www.websitename.com/thegameyouwant, and then within that page will be a download link (or even just a link to the download link, depending on which result you click) and the actual file location would be (e.g.) http://www.websitename.com/actual_file_name.apk.

    not this may seem simple enough BUT most actual files aren't names as they appear online, the file itself could be anything from the real name... but stored on a separate server elsewhere, OR a random jumble of letter like fhjdkrsebasjsk4823.

    to give you a hands on simpler example go to a webpage and find an image. right click it and select "view image", now look at they address bar, see how it doesn't match up with the image in any way. well this if often how files are stored online.

    in short: if you wanted to download apk files in this way you would have to search for the random string of letter that it's stored as and NOT the actual file name, seen as you don't know the string until you find the file it's a bit impractical.

    another reason why this method doesn't work for APK (and other file times such as music and video files) can also be because they types of files are often stored on fileshare sites that do not allow direct access to the download link. you know the ones, you finally find what you want then it tried to confused you with information about signing up until you find the tiny "slow download" box then wait 60 seconds. files like these aren't directly downloadable in the same way PDFs are.

    while there are apks out there stores in teh same way as PDFs, they're far and wide and a search engine that indexes the world (that's google) is going to turn up more indirect links than direct links.

    tip: another way would be to find a an alternate app store for your device that suites your needs. this will allow you to download them direct to your device in the same way the regular app store does (but will often require a bit of prior tech knowledge to set up)

    tip: be careful, while some of these sites and alternate app stores offer great unlicensed tweak-ware to 'jazz' up your device. most of them just offer ad-filled garbage, empty passworded files, viruses, poorly coded software that could destroy your device.

    hope this helps

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      June 29, 2013 at 3:33 am

      When i search with filetype:apk, the url looks like this:
      but unfortunately it doesn't starts download, maybe that .apk is not the extension but included in the url.

  6. Douglas Griffin
    June 27, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    You can use that method--filetype:apk [keyword] to get to the page where the file is available. Once you get to that page just find the download link. However, you should take the advise mentioned about bad or malicious apk files, and only download files which are legitimate and which are not in violation of distribution rights. That way you are safe and support the good developers whose job it is to bring you wonderful, useful apps.

  7. Justin Pot
    June 27, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Why Doesn't Google Help Me Steal Files For Their Phone Platform?

  8. Leland Whitlock
    June 27, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Because they are trying to protect users from potentially hacked apps. You can search all you want on the Google Play Store. There are sites out there that specialize in APK files but they are quasi legal at best.

  9. ha14
    June 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Use Google to Find Free APK Files (Games, Apps, Widgets, etc.) to Install on your Android Device

    • Harshit J
      June 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

      That's called piracy. There is no need to teach people that.

    • Chinmay Sarupria
      June 27, 2013 at 5:21 am

      That search also doesn't gives direct download links. I want direct links like whatever i search on Google and on clicking on any link that came up it should start download.

    • ha14
      June 27, 2013 at 8:05 am

      we cannot do that for you, you have to search some diifferent ways?

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