Although the various services in the cloud have facilitated, and much, the process of changing devices and moving all installed applications from the old to the new , it is not yet possible to do the same with those apps that have been manually installed through your file APK, and it is in those moments when you need to find other solutions beyond those offered by the big G .
One of the fastest ways to send applications between devices is to share them via Bluetooth . Although it seems an advanced and complex process to carry out, the truth is that the process is extremely simple, and in a couple of minutes you can send all the apps you want using this wireless connectivity system. In this guide we explain how to do it step by step.
Send apps via Bluetooth on Android: how to do it step by step
By default, Android does not offer the ability to send applications between devices using the Bluetooth connection. However, the operating system does not impose limitations when sending files. That is why the easiest way to share applications is to directly send the APK executable file of each application via Bluetooth , just as it would be with an image or a sound file.
If you have the APK files of each of the applications you intend to send from one device to another, you can skip to the last step of this guide. If not, we recommend you read the different processes step by step so you can learn to extract the APK from each application, and then send it.
First thing: extract the APK files of the applications you are going to send
APK files are the installation packages for each application of an Android mobile. When installing an application through Google Play, the APK installation process is done invisibly to the user , and at no time is it possible to capture the executable file for storage or sharing. When downloading applications from other stores or sources outside the Play Store , the installation of the APK file does fall into the hands of the user.
So, how can you share applications already installed if you don’t have the APK file? Luckily, in Google Play we can find tools that allow you to extract APKs from installed applications , an advanced but quite simple trick . One of the most popular, and that I personally recommend is ML Manager , available for free in the store. However, you can use alternatives such as APK Extractor or App Manager, among others.
Once downloaded and installed any of the proposed tools, the steps to extract APK files are as follows:
- Open the application you just installed and grant the necessary permissions.
- On the main screen of the app, a list of all installed applications will appear. Click on the “extract” button on any of them and perform the extraction process.
In this way, the APK file will be stored in the phone’s memory , available to be shared or manipulated in any way. At that time, it is time to send the application.
How to send the APK files of the apps via Bluetooth
Regardless of whether the APK file you want to send is downloaded from the Internet, or you just extracted it by following the steps above, the process for sharing an application via Bluetooth is the same . You just have to make sure you have a file manager like Google Files or any other of your choice, and that Bluetooth is activated on both devices. With those two requirements in mind, the steps to follow are extremely simple:
- Open the file browser on the device from which you are sending the application.
- Find the folder where the APK file of the app you intend to share is stored.
- After a long press on the file, click on the “Share” button.
In the drop-down menu that will appear, select the “Bluetooth” option and select the receiving device.
After a few seconds - or minutes, depending on the size of the file -, the application will have been sent correctly, and the only thing missing will be to install it on the receiving device. The process is as simple as executing the file just received, normally stored in the “Bluetooth” folder of the internal storage of the phone.