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  1. icim

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    Is it possible to download an app from googleplay to my computer and then install it on my samsung android?
     

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    Yes, download the app file onto your PC, then connect the phone by USB, then transfer it to your phone
     
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    You can do this via Google Play?
    I've saved .apks copied from my phone & x-ferred 'em to my PC for safe keeping or downloaded the .apk from a reputable site such as www.apkmirror.com.
     
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    As long as you use your Google credentials on both devices, it should work fine. If not, apkmirror is a good option also
     
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    Maybe I'm misunderstanding the OP's request:
    It sounds as if they want a dataless/WI-FI less option to load (sideload) apps from the Google Play Store.
    Can you actually download .apks directly from the Google Play Store to your PC & subsequently x-fer to the phone?
    Or, are you just speaking of telling the store to send the app to the phone via PC?
    If this is the case, the OP would need some sort of data connection......
     
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    Yes, you can open the Play Store on the pc and download the app to the pc. When you use a USB cable, you can transfer to the Phone.
     
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    Yes, what Sherri said...
     
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    If you can show me that option,I'm intrigued:
    This intitally caught my attention because I'd rather do this & save it for future use instead
    of bookmarking/wish-listing it for later.

    When I visit the Google Play Store,I'm not seeing the option to download directly to the PC,only to my Android devices................... :thinking:
     
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    My bad. You can only download from the play store on your PC straight to your phone or listed devices. Both PC and phone must use your Google credentials.
     
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    No problem. :thumbsupdroid:

    I honestly wish we could do that, especially for instances where we want a particular
    app before it gets a bad revision (eg. Quick Pic) or, goes MIA from the Google Play Store altogether.....
     
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    I don't use Firefox (yet) so don't know how well this works.

    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/apk-downloader/

    Or this to create a direct download link:

    https://androidappsapk.co/apkdownloader/

    Chrome Extension worked for me:

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/...dglkmlbfohchohkkpdkjokajibgg/related?hl=en-US

    Guide:

    1: Download Device ID Apk to ADB folder on computer: DeviceID
    2: Install Device ID Apk to the desired device. Open a command prompt from inside ADB folder (shift + right click) To make sure device is connected
    Code (Text):
    1. adb devices
    if your device is listed then:
    Code (Text):
    1. adb install net.bexton.android.device_id-1.0.1.apk
    3. On device open Apk and record GSF ID#.
    4. Open Chrome extension.
    5. Enter Google credentials, Username (Gmail) , Google password and device's GSF ID#.
    6. This will open another window. Click Advanced. Enter your Android version and device type. Click save. Look closely in the lower left corner for "open play store" click it.
    7. Find the App you want and select it. A download Apk button will appear next to Install.:)
    8. See step 2 only use package name of new Apk.

    I am not sure if this works for paid Apps.

    Also, note that the GSF # is specific for each device and resets with a factory reset.

    GSF = Google Services Framework

    If you have any questions, let me know.

    Credit to this Dev for the Device ID APK:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1860405
    Please use my link.(He used Dev-Host) :mad: (Yuck)
     
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    Thanks, bg260! Guess that's the ticket.
     
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