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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:34

hi i need to get an APK file off my phone (which is why i tried and failed then succeeded in rooting my phone) I need to get the APK of an app I placed on my phone (made by my self) so I can RE it ... but I do not know (using samsung galaxy s3 toolkit) how to get the damn APK ... any help?? I have backed up the app data in a .bak file ... but thats all I have worked out to do ? ,,, any help ?


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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:41

hi i need to get an APK file off my phone (which is why i tried and failed then succeeded in rooting my phone) I need to get the APK of an app I placed on my phone (made by my self) so I can RE it ... but I do not know (using samsung galaxy s3 toolkit) how to get the damn APK ... any help?? I have backed up the app data in a .bak file ... but thats all I have worked out to do ? ,,, any help ?


So your phone is rooted? You need a file manager to browse the contents of your phone. ES File Explorer is a good program to use. Then I believe your installed APK should be located in system/app

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:07

So your phone is rooted? You need a file manager to browse the contents of your phone. ES File Explorer is a good program to use. Then I believe your installed APK should be located in system/app


meh it is but isnt stupid thing being all stupid its like it is half rooted

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:10

meh it is but isnt stupid thing being all stupid its like it is half rooted


Define stupid. What is it doing?

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:24

Define stupid. What is it doing?


well i tried the galaxy s3 toolkit... and it says it worked but i still cannot access the .data file... ? wtf ... the kernal has changed ect so i just i dunno... i will try and flash a new rooter i guess

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:26

well i tried the galaxy s3 toolkit... and it says it worked but i still cannot access the .data file... ? wtf ... the kernal has changed ect so i just i dunno... i will try and flash a new rooter i guess


Well, if you can use rooted programs like ES File Explorer, Titanium Backup....then you are rooted.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 22:29

you don't have to be rooted to pull a apk... I pulled the untappd and the viggle apk off my sons galaxy s3 to use on my fire.. pretty sure I just used file expert or one of the file explorer apps, and then just a backup of the app that was installed and the apk was then in a backup folder on the sd card.

I just then copied that file up using dropbox and got the file that way.

Can double check actual app when I get home - but his phone is not rooted in anyway that is for sure.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 23:57

you don't have to be rooted to pull a apk... I pulled the untappd and the viggle apk off my sons galaxy s3 to use on my fire.. pretty sure I just used file expert or one of the file explorer apps, and then just a backup of the app that was installed and the apk was then in a backup folder on the sd card.

I just then copied that file up using dropbox and got the file that way.

Can double check actual app when I get home - but his phone is not rooted in anyway that is for sure.


if you could tell me what you used that would be awesome

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Posted 09 February 2013 - 00:16

I know with some file explorers such as "Root Explorer" you can view system files, but without being rooted you can not alter them

Copying them, maybe like Budman says as it is not actually altering them, I am rooted though so can not test

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 15:24

so just grabbed sons phone - its called es file explorer, version on his phone is 1.6.2.2, it has a app manager listing all the apps on the phone. If you just hold click on a app you get options - one of the options is backup. It places the apk in /sdcard/backup/apps -- you can then do whatever you want with that file. I upload them to his dropbox, and then can pull them from there..

His phone is clearly not rooted or jailbroke in any fashion what so ever.

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 15:29

so just grabbed sons phone - its called es file explorer, version on his phone is 1.6.2.2, it has a app manager listing all the apps on the phone. If you just hold click on a app you get options - one of the options is backup. It places the apk in /sdcard/backup/apps -- you can then do whatever you want with that file. I upload them to his dropbox, and then can pull them from there..

His phone is clearly not rooted or jailbroke in any fashion what so ever.


I use ES File Explorer, been my favourite file explorer for a long time, I remembered having to be rooted to dig down further than /sdcard though, must be remembering wrongly if your sons can do it

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 00:58

so just grabbed sons phone - its called es file explorer, version on his phone is 1.6.2.2, it has a app manager listing all the apps on the phone. If you just hold click on a app you get options - one of the options is backup. It places the apk in /sdcard/backup/apps -- you can then do whatever you want with that file. I upload them to his dropbox, and then can pull them from there.. His phone is clearly not rooted or jailbroke in any fashion what so ever.


cheers for the tip :) got the apk i needed

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:37

Problem comes if you are trying to backup in JB as it has the private function now that doesn't allow the usual method of backing up to an APK. It also stores the files in a different location so you can't just rip them either. Bit of a pain really.



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