For the Android operating system, there are many interesting and useful applications. Not infrequently, these applications are of interest to users who do not have an Android smartphone. Fortunately, this problem can be solved without buying a new device. Instead, you can simply open the APK file on your computer and use the application you need.
There are many different programs available to run APK files on your computer. We have already described some of them in the article “How to run Android games on a PC”. But, most of these programs are too heavy and complicated. Therefore, I do not want to install them for the sake of one APK file. In this article, we will offer you an easier way to open APK files on a computer with Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10.
So, in order to open the APK file on the computer, we need the NOX APP PLAYER program. This program is free, and you can simply download it from the official website of the developer (link). The installation process for NOX APP PLAYER is extremely simple. Run the installation EXE file and follow the instructions that will appear on the screen.
After installation is complete, the Android operating system will start loading. It takes another 20-30 seconds. Then you will see the desktop.
The first thing you need to do is go into the NOX APP PLAYER settings and enable ROOT. To do this, click on the button in the form of a gear, which is located in the upper right corner of the program.
After that, turn the ROOT function to On and save the settings using the button at the bottom of the screen.
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After ROOT is turned on, you can open the APK file. To do this, click on the APK download button, which is located on the right side of the NOX APP PLAYER program window.
After that, the program will report that the APK files can be opened by simply dragging and dropping. But, this function works inexplicably, so we click on the “I know” button in order to continue.
After that, the usual window for selecting a file will open. Here you just need to select the APK file that you want to open on your computer.
After that, the installation of the APK file in the NOX APP PLAYER program will begin. After the installation is complete, the application will start automatically, and an icon will appear on the Android desktop to launch this application manually. Please note sometimes, but the first time the application refuses to start. In this case, you just need to open it again, and it will work.
If you need to simulate any functions of an Android smartphone to interact with an open application, then for this there is a toolbar on the right side of the program window.
It should be noted that you can also open the APK file literally. To do this, right-click on the APK file and select “Open with. Other application.”
After that, a window for selecting an application will open. Here you need to select any archiver (for example, 7-zip) and click on the “Ok” button.
After that, you will see all the contents of the APK file that you opened.
If necessary, you can extract any data from the APK file.