How to check out Android specifications for APK installation

Admin | 2020-01-16 12:00:50

Have you ever been confused when you saw an app having different variants with APK files? If so, have you found out how to choose a proper variant for APK download? Well, in case you fail to download apps having several variants, you came to the right place. Today, we are going to show you how to check out Android specifications for APK installation.

How to check out Android specifications for APK installation
Install apps with variants

What is the Android app variant?

Android app variant is the different version of a particular app created to work on different types of Android devices. In other words, each variant will be compatible with some specific types of devices based on the Android version, Architecture, and DPI.

How to check out Android specifications for APK installation
Android app variant – What is it?

So, if you still wonder why we need to find a proper variant for APK download and installation?

Well, as mentioned above, each variant of the Android app will match with different devices. Thus, you need to find a suitable variant for APK installation, or else the app won’t work smoothly, or you fail to download the app. 

How to check out Android specifications for APK download and installation?

Get to know the specifications on your device

How to check out Android specifications for APK installation
Fire Emblem Heroes version 3.11.0 has 2 variants

To check out whether a variant is equivalent to your phone, you need to know some detailed information of your Android device including Architecture (CPU), Android version and DPI.

For some devices, you just need to access Settings > About phone to see the needed configuration. You can also search for the information on your phone on the internet. 

In case you don’t remember exactly the name of your device, you can install AIDA64, an app allowing you to see all the system configurations of your device. To check 3 needed configurations on AIDA64, follow this guide:

  • DPI: Navigate to Display > Pixel Density
  • Architecture: CPU > Instruction Set
  • Android version: Android > Android Version

You can look at the picture below to see how AIDA64 works on Google Pixel XL.

How to check out Android specifications for APK installation
Technical information of Google Pixel XL showed on AIDA64

So after using AIDA64, you can see that Google Pixel XL uses Android version 9.0, has 64-bit ARMV8-A and 

Compare the specifications with the requirements of variants

Note: Once you’ve done with technical information, you need to pay attention to these following things before starting the comparison:

  • Android version and DPI of the device must be equal to or higher than those of the variant. 
  • App variant with 32-bit architecture can run on both devices with 32-bit architecture or 64-bit architecture. However, app variants with 64-bit (ARM64) are only equivalent to devices with 64-bit architecture. In other words:
  • ARM vs ARM device: Compatible
  • ARM64 vs ARM device: Incompatible
  • ARM vs ARM64 device: Compatible
  • ARM64 vs ARM64 device: Compatible
  • If there is more than one variant matching with your device, you should choose the latest variant based on Upload Date.

For illustration, we will show you how to find a proper Pinterest variant for Google Pixel Xl. The tutorial will use APK files of Pinterest version 7.40.0 from ApktoVi, a legit app provider that you can easily search on Google.

How to check out Android specifications for APK installation
Pinterest 7.40.0 has 2 variants

So you can see from the picture that the app has 2 variants with architecture, Android version, and DPI respectively:

  • Variant 7408033: arm64-v8a, Android 4.4+, nodpi
  • Variant 7408032: armeabi-v7a, Android 4.4+, nodpi

Meanwhile, as you can see from AIDA 64, Google Pixel XL supports arm64-v8a, armeabi-v7a and armeabi, 441 DPI and uses Android 9.

So, both two variants are compatible with Google Pixel XL. Also, both of them were released on November 6th, 2019, so you can choose to download and install these variants without any fear of failure.

The last words 

So far, you’ve learned how to check out Android specifications for APK installation. If you get any questions or trouble in these processes above, let us know via email. Thanks for reading.