Mobile/Extracting APK

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Android games are usually downloaded in the form of an .APK file. Extracting the content from these files is actually quite easy.

Mobile/Extracting APK

Category: File Extraction
Difficulty: Beginner
Duration: 3 Minutes
Tutorial by: Garamonde

Required Files & Tools

  1. The APK you want to extract
  2. WinRAR or 7-ZIP


Step 1: Acquiring an APK file

When it comes to aquiring an APK file, there are multiple ways to do so, however we suggest dumping your own if possible. For this tutorial we'll be using Steven Universe: Attack the Light as an example.
APK File Example.png

Step 2: Opening the APK file

Next we will want to open the .APK using our archive software of choice (in this tutorial WinRAR is used).

APK File Extraction Example.png

Alternatively you can choose to associate the .APK file format with WinRAR or 7-ZIP so that you may simply double-click on the file to automatically open it as an archive without having to go through the context menu again, by checking the "Always use this app to open .APK files" box.

Step 3: Extracting the APK file

APK Contents Example.png

As you can see, there are some folders along with some other odd files, such as "resources.ARSC". In most cases, only a few of these files and folders will be useful to us though. Extract the contents into a folder, and we'll break them down.

Typically "assets" and "res" are what you are looking for. You may find some subfolders within these, such as several "drawable" folders within the "res" folder. These typically contain only the application's icon/banner, but can contain other miscellaneous graphics. In most cases, "assets" is where the bulk of the content is located. Let's take a look!

APK assets folder content.png

A large majority of mobile games use Unity and you will be able to tell if there are any files named "mainData" and "sharedassets0.assets". You would then use AssetStudio to view, and extract these files. Do note though that not all mobile games use Unity so keep that in mind.