What is an XAPK File
.XAPK file is categorized as compressed files and comes in the zip format. It is a special package used for installing android apps on any mobile device. It has a similarity to the standard .APK file .
However, it may also contain several other assets that are used by the app to be downloaded, egg a .OBB file; this file is responsible for storing several programs, like media files, graphics, and several other apps.
XAPK files are used to distribute apps on a third-party Android app that you have downloaded from the internet. This format is, however, not supported by Google Play.
.XAPK file is not a standard app installer package. As a result, it must be manually installed or the installation must be done using a XAPK installer.
After you have downloaded the .XAPK, the app can still be installed to your Android device with the aid of a XAPK installer.
If you prefer you install any additional files manually, you can get the XAPK unzipped first and then move the unzipped files to the right location on your mobile device.
It is, however, difficult to deliver the apps through Google Play since the size of the concerned APK file must not be more than 50MB.
This is forcing apps developers to go for other files for storing additional media assets and graphics, like the OBB format mentioned earlier.
Due to the limitation mentioned above, some of the developers publicize their apps on several other sites aside from Google Play. The .XAPK format can be used for packaging the OBB and APK files together to bring about a seamless installation and delivery process when an android app is being downloaded from a site that is not Google Play.
Before you download the file in the XAPK format from any external source aside from Google Play, you should first verify if that website is trustworthy or not since it is possible to distribute malware and even spyware through .XAPK files.
How to open .XAPK files
You can open XAPK files on your android device by using the APKPure app. If you are using Windows Operating System, on the other hand, you can use Pure APK Install to open the .XAPK file on your Windows device.
If you do not have access to any of the programs mentioned above for opening the .XAPK, you can install it manually by changing the file extension.
In this case, you need to:
- First open the .XAPK.
- Then launch the File Manager.
- Locate the .XAPK and change the name of the extension to .ZIP.
- You can then navigate to Google Play to download the RAR app.
- Next, copy the .obb file into any location you prefer and install the APK.
- after which the app will collect the resources automatically from the OBB data file and it will open as intended.
It is equally possible to open it using your PC. You will need to first download Pure APK Install on your PC before you can do this.
One other helpful app for opening it is the Uptodown App.