The short answer is yes, you can delete an apk file after successfully installing it on your mobile phone.
APK files are called “Android Package Kit”. Used to install an app similar to .exe files that are used to install a program on computers. Once a program gets installed up and running, it is no anymore necessary to keep it stored in your storage. Unless you want to re-use them.
If you want to delete an apk file on your Android device, there are a few different ways to do so.
- To delete an apk file using an android phone:
- 1. Go to the file manager> Apk files
- 2. Find the apk file you want to delete and tap on it.
- 3. On the next screen, tap on “Delete”.
Deletion of the apk file will not affect the app itself or its data.
Are APK files needed?
No, in general, they are not necessary. But, many people keep them stored in their mobile phones so that they can share them with others and can use them again in the future to reinstall the program.
In addition to this, transferring an app is more difficult than an apk file because you can use Bluetooth, and wifi direct, for this. Whereas transferring an app will require to aid of a third-party app like Zapya.
Can Old APK files harm your Android?
Although an APK file itself is not vulnerable to an android device. As long as you download it from a trusted website. However, people who go after cracked versions of an app just to some money to use the paid version.
They often fall into a trap since there are untrusted websites that put viruses in their APK file. When installing such a file on an android phone. It can mess up your personal information and can put your phone at risk.
How do I know if an APK is safe?
It’s very important to check an APK file before letting access your Android phone. To check out if an apk file is safe or contains any kind of virus, there are some scanner apps on the google play store that do this job pretty well.
They are designed to detect malware or any sort of virus in a .apk file and if found they pop up an error msg warning you not to trust this app.
That’s said, always make sure the website is completely trusted before downloading an APK from it. Read reviews about it first.
Where are APKS stored on Android?
It depends on the directory your browser used to store the at the time of downloading. Most likely it is the download folder where all the files keep stored. The path will be:
- File manager>
and there will be a list of all the apks downloaded from the default browser. The path will be changed for other browsers such as UCbroswer that has a specific folder to store such apps.
You will have to get into UC browser>downloads>files to locate apks.
However, if you get an apk file via Zapya or Shareit, then you will find an additional folder in your mobile’s file manager. In the case, of Zapya the path will be:
- File manager