How to Share Apps with your Friends on an Android Device

Sharing content between various smartphones and tablets has become much easier, all thanks to the manufacturers for including the easy share options. If you have got a funny video that you would like to share with your friends, you can do so via Bluetooth, WiFi or even cloud storage. Sharing apps, though, is a totally different matter. It is a bit of a difficult task as the apps you download from the Google Play directly get installed instead of getting saved somewhere. Well, there is a solution to this problem.

It does not matter whether your device is rooted or not, the app just works fine on non-rooted devices as well.

If you are going to use a cloud storage service to share the apps, you must have an account with them before you start.

You are going to install an app called MyAppSharer from the Google Play that will allow you to easily share apps with your friends.

1. Launch Google Play on your device and search for and tap on MyAppSharer. Once the app page loads up, tap on the option that says “INSTALL”. It will install the app on your device. It should not take too long as the app is just about 341KB in size.

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2. Open the App Drawer on your device and look for the icon of the app you just installed. Tap on it.

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3. On the first screen of the app, you should see the list of all the apps installed on your device. On the top of the list, there are two options,

  • Link – to share the link of the selected app.
  • APK – to share the APK – installation package of the app.

Tap on any app you wish to share, select “APK” as the sharing option and hit the “SHARE” button given in the top-right corner.

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4. It should now show you the ways you can share your app. The first one is for Dropbox and as you swipe-right, you will see more options for sharing. As an example, I will be sharing via Bluetooth. So just tap on the Bluetooth icon.

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5. The rest of the process is same as sharing any other content via Bluetooth. Just enable Bluetooth, tap on the device you want to send your file to and that’s it.

The APK of the app will then be sent to your friend’s device and he will be able to install it like any other app.

If you chose to share the link instead, the Google Play link will be sent as plain text to your friend and when clicked, it will take him to the Store from where he can get the app.

There is no inbuilt option to share apps on Android devices but tools like MyAppSharer help users get things done without the hassle of going through a dozen steps without any guarantee of success.

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