You’ll need to know the exact name of the APK file to pull it.

The Play Store installs APKs it downloads from Google’s servers, and sideloading from a site like goes through a very similar process, except you’re the one performing the downloading and initiating the installation (sideloading).

As soon as the Play Store finds a version of the app newer than the one you’ve sideloaded, it will commence an update.

However, if you are still seeing the block page after an hour or longer, please get in touch.

APK Mirror and Android Police are both properties of Illogical Robot LLC, our umbrella company.

In such cases, there is usually a license check involved to make sure the apps were previously purchased.

MX Player Pro is a notable example of such an exception because : How To Geek published a detailed explainer here: How to Find Your Android Device’s Info for Correct APK Downloads.

No, you do not need root if you use an APK extractor app.

If you insist on a manual method and try to browse /data or /data/app, you’re going to have a bad time without root, as Android won’t let you list the dirs.

APK Mirror is managed by the same people who administer Android Police, and the two sites collaborate on an almost daily basis.