Google Play Store is one of the biggest and safest places for Android users to download and install apps. In most cases, it is only available for mobile devices, and it doesn’t allow users to download the Android APK files into their mobile phones or computers. To avoid these kinds of situations, there are many desktop applications that let you download Android apps from the Google Play Store into your computer. Here is one that you can use to download Play Store apps to your Ubuntu machine.
Note: As of now, this tutorial is only applicable to Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10. Moreover, if you are using Ubuntu 14.04, download and install
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Download Google Play Store Apps in Ubuntu
To download Android apps from Google Play Store, all you have to do is download Google Play Downloader (deb package, version 1.4).
Once downloaded, you can either install it by double clicking on it or by using the command line method. I prefer using the terminal as it displays the required information in case of any dependency errors.
Launch the Ubuntu terminal by pressing “Ctrl + Alt + T,” navigate to the downloaded file location and execute the below command.
sudo dpkg -i googleplaydownloader_1.4-1_all.deb
If you face any dependency errors, execute the below command to fix the dependency errors.
sudo apt-get install -f
Once you have successfully installed the Google Play Downloader, launch it by searching in the Ubuntu Dash.
As you can see from the image below, the interface itself is fairly straight forward.
The software comes with everything pre-configured, like Google account credentials, Android ID, and Language. This makes it easy to use out of the box. If you want to customize it with your own Google account credentials, you can do so by clicking on the “Configure” button. Do note that if you change the Google account credentials, you also need to generate a new Andriod ID by clicking the appropriate button, and it requires Java to be installed in your system. Otherwise, the app may not work as it should.
Note: By default, the language option in this app is set to French (fr_FR). If you want, you can change it to English by replacing the existing value with en_EN and it should also solve any localization problems.
Now to download the free apps in Google Play Store, search for that specific app using the “Search” bar. It will display a list of results; just select the one you want to download and click on the “Download Selected APK(s)” button. As you can see in the image below, I’m trying to download the “WhatsApp Messenger” Android app.
The above action will open a window where you can choose the download destination. Just choose a folder and click on the “Open” button.
As soon as you have done that, Google Play Downloader will start to download the Android APK from the Google Play Store.
Once the download is complete, you can see that downloaded app in the selected destination folder.
That’s all there is to do, and it is that simple to download Android apps in Ubuntu.
What other software do you use to download Android apps from Google Play Store? Do share you thoughts and suggestions using the comments form below.