APK files are related to Android OS. These files are Package Files which is utilized to add applications/apps to the operating system. Downloaded directly to the device via Store and installed. Formerly, we shared an article about unpack/repack APK files using the Formatter tool on Windows and Mac. Moving on, a lot has changed and there is a better – stable tool to manage, compile (pack), decompile (unpack) APK files on Windows.
APK Easy Tool
As the name explains it all – this FREE tool is a light application that enables users to manage, pack, repack, and sign APK files. APK Easy Tool works on Windows 7 and above. Java 8 and .Net Framework 4.7.2 are mandatory. After download and installation, the tool will automatically set up apktool.jar and other required working directories. This can be all reviewed from Options (menu bar). You can easily drag and drop files like any modern tool.
Key features include decompile and compile, sign/zip align, extract/zip APK, APK information, framework, logout, options, drag and drop, apktool.jar version selector and shortcuts. Jumplist shortcuts are available to quickly open decompiled, complied, extracted, and zipped APK files. Windows Explorer shows exact selections.
As per XDA, there are some issues on Windows with APK filenames having Japanese, Chinese characters. Head out to the XDA thread to find more about such issues and get some useful troubleshooting tips.