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Hello MoDaCo.

I herd on reddit and another news source that Tasker has been pulled from Android´s Play Store. Lo and behold, I can´t find it. 
It´s lucky then that I have it installed. 
But now I wonder and fear a bit, that I will end in a situation where I have to factory reset my Oneplus One and loose Tasker. It´s a neat little app.
Is there any way that I can generate an APK from the installed program?
I have a Oneplus One 64 GB edition also known as the Sandstone Black version.
As such I have no SD to back it up to, only internal storage, from where I should be able to extract it by connecting it to my PC or store it in something like Dropbox.
But first I need to figure out how to get the APK. Do you know if this can be done, and if it can, how to do it? 
I hope to hear from you soon. I have yet to encounter a problem that the MoDaCo users can´t solve, I hope you can help me with this as well. 
Thanks Guys.

Kind Regards


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Use a file explorer like ES to browse to the root of your phone. The installed apk's should be in the data/app folder. It'll probably be called something other than "tasker.apk" so look out for the icon. Copy the apk to a folder accessible from your pc, e.g. downloads.

Edited by popoyaya

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 Search for "Es File Explorer File Manager" on the Play Store

I honestly think this is the easiest ways to do this.

All you do is

  • Click "Fast Access" button in the top left corner

  • Open the "Tools" sub-section

  • Tap "App Manager"

All of your apps should show up there and you can tap-hold to select the app you want to back up and on the bottom bar, a "backup" button will appear. Just hit that and your apps .apk file will appear in "/sdcard/backups"

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Edited by seoking

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