How To Create .APK Files for Android Phone

Android uses the .apk file extension for it applications. It denotes an Android Package (APK) file, a variant of the JAR format that is used for distributing and installing bundled components onto the Android operating system.

The Androidsystem uses the certificate as a means of identifying the author of an application and establishing trust relationships between applications.

There are two types of application packages:

  1. Signed Application Package:
  2. Unsigned Application Package

Creating Unsigned Application Package

To create unsigned package, click on Export Unsigned Application Package (Right-click on project name > Android Tools > Export Unsigned Appliaction Package)

export unsigned apk How To Create .APK Files for Android Phone

Once created, you’ll get the following message:

android unsigned apk How To Create .APK Files for Android Phone

Creating Unsigned Application Package

Step One: To create a signed package of the application, click on Export Signed Appliaction Package (Right-click on project name > Android Tools > Export Signed Appliaction Package)

export signed apk How To Create .APK Files for Android Phone

Step Two: Select Create new keystore and browse to the location where you want to save the key

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Step Three: Provide a password for your keysote and click on Next

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Step Four: Click Finish to successfully create an signed application package.

You’re done. You can now install the .apk file on your Android phone.

In my next article, I’ll come with a step-by-step guide on how to Install .APK Files on Your Android Phone. Here’s an article on How To Install .APK Files on Your Android Phone


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