How to Edit APK Files on PC in 2023 – Complete Guide with Tutorial

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Most of us who are use smartphones are familiar with the name APK. APK is a package file format for Android that takes up RAM space through installation and smartphones. The full meaning of APK is the Android Package Kit. But what if we could edit the APK file? I know you’re here to find it. Of course, you want to edit the android application on your computer. So today’s I’m writing about how to edit APK files on pc with a tutorial.
Most mobile application editing work is possible with the android operating system. Android is an open-source OS. It’s easy to edit this operating system too. To edit an android file, the android phone is enough for mass people. But some of us want to edit the files more gorgeously. For this, we need desktop support.
Here is the complete guide of the APK editor with some editing tasks (APK editor’s tutorial). I have added the best APK editors/APK modifier for PC and emulators in this article. Please read the full article patiently.

How to run android apps on Windows/PC and edit any APK file?

Here are the main topics. If we want to use actual APK files, we need an android emulator software for pc.

We have two ways to edit android apps.

1. By using the emulator

2. By using the .exe file (actual computer app)

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What is Android Emulators for PC?

The emulator allows you to use Android and iPhone or iOS applications on your PC, where the windows system behaves like an Android operating system and is installed there. I know about two kinds of emulators.
  1. Android emulator
  2. iPhone emulator
We can use an android emulator for using the android apps on our PC. Some of the emulators are free, and some of these are premium. Most of us want to use the free emulators for pc. So I’m giving some top and best emulators list here.

Top 5 Best Android Emulator for PC

  • Android Studio’s emulator

It’s a free android emulator. It can play any game (Free Fire, Clash of Clans, PUBG mobile, Call of Duty, etc.) and apps of android OS. It can test any android application with its built-in emulator. This emulator supports Kotlin. With this emulator, you can also edit android apps.

However, it’s an excellent android emulator for the developer and general computer users. But it may have complicated for totally new users. It would help if you tried it.

  •  BlueStacks

BlueStacks is another best emulator. It has both a free and paid version. The paid version is not so expensive. It’s only 2$ per month, very cheap. This emulator’s interface is very comfortable using every tool and function.

So users can efficiently operate the emulator. It free and user-friendly. That’s why it is a very popular android emulator for mass people.

  • ARChon

ARChon is not any computer software. Are you surprised? You can install and use ARChon with Google Chrome Browser as an extension.

Yes, it is an extension with the free emulating feature. Most APK games and apps can be used with this Chrome extension, details available on GitHub.

I think it would support any operating system like Windows, Linux, Mac, etc. But it has not many features.

  • GameLoop

This emulator is mainly for gamers. You can easily play PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty, Clash of Clans, Brawl Stars, Black Desert Mobile, and many more on your laptop. GameLoop is a free emulator known as ‘Tencent Gaming Buddy.’

However, it’s incredible to use and play games. If you want to play APK games on your desktop, you should try this top android emulator.

  • Phoenix OS

It’s another exciting emulator. The users of this emulator rate it very well. It will make an outstanding experience. You will feel this speed. Most APK files or games and apps would be used with this emulator on your PC.

By the way, it’s free. So you should try this best APK emulator for your PC. To know more about this app, you can visit the ‘XDA-developers’ website.

Okay, now we can discuss another way of edit android apps on PC. We can use actual (APK editor . EXE file)/computer software for this method. So, there is another question that which APK Editor is best for us.

Or how can we edit an android app easily? It can be possible with a top-rated and best APK Editor. Then we need to know about these best APK Editors, shouldn’t we?

Top 5 Best APK Editors for PC

  • APK File Manager
This editor is only available on Windows Operating System. But there is a lot of powerful features. And some of them are unique from others. The APK Editor is fantastic with its professional interface. It can do every work of editing.


You can gather information from Play-Store directly with this editor. And this software saves the information with the screenshot.

You can rename the app’s name or title name and edit the versions. I am saying the essential functions which are wanted by general people.

  • APK Editor Pro
Maybe it should not right to place this software here because this editor is not working smoothly without the android emulator.


But I listed this powerful software in this article cause it “powerful.” APK Editor Pro is a free editor that allows editing android apps. This software works with the android 5+ version and works perfectly on the android Oreo+ version.

You can use this editor on Windows OS. Remember that if you want to use this excellent APK editor, then install an emulator first (it may BlueStacks).

After installing an emulator, you can use the editor with its best features and tools. APK Editor Pro will give you the fastest experience of unpacking data from the application. And it may require one of the best APK editors for Windows.

  • APKTool
APKTool is a lightweight android application editor with some automation abilities of repetitive works. That means it can do repetitive jobs with its automation feature. It can easily decode the application resources, and it can remake the app structure with framework resources.


This software can modify the closed binary apps. Isn’t it awesome? APKTool is available for Windows users. The developers of this editor are works hard to update the software regularly.

  • APK Icon Editor
If you are a total newbie, then APK Icon Editor is for you. The name “icon editor” refers to the software specializing in editing everything of the app’s icon. So you can edit icon size, change the icon color. You can also change the APK file name and version. It supports uploading from OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, and Cloud storage. You can pack and unpack the database of the apps to edit.


However, it is a free APK editor for the computer.

  • APK Editor Studio
It’s an open-source and cross-platform APK editor for PC and Mac. You can create and modify the structure of the application with this APK editor. It can be a more straightforward editor for new developers and mass computer users.


By the way, this editor has enough features. You can edit icon, code, picture, headline/title, app permissions, app manifests, etc. This is one of the best APK editors for pc. Because the interface is user-friendly. APK Editor Studio is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems. If you are interested in modifying this APK editor, you can do it; it’s an open-source project and free.



How to change the app file’s icon/name/version on PC?

For this task, we will use an emulator and the APK editor. I’m using Bluestacks for emulators and APK Editor Pro for editing tasks. Here are the short processes to complete our mission.

  • Open APK Editor Pro via BlueStacks.

  • You will see four options. Select the 2nd option, “select APK from the app,” in the editor.

  • Now select the app which you want to edit.

  • Again you will see the four options. Click on the 3rd option, “common edit.”

  • Edit the app icon, app name, app version.

  • Save the file. It’s done.
Now you can test your edited application, install the app on your android phone, or use the emulator.


After all, I don’t want to write a much longer article about “how to edit APK files on PC and how to run android apps on windows.” I think you got the full knowledge about the best android emulators and apps editors.

If you feel any problem, attach a comment below.

Thank you.

Mohaimenul Islam Shawon

Mohaimenul Islam Shawon is a professional blogger and content creator. Shawon has been a full-time blogger since 2019. He is the founder and editor of his successful blog, which covers topics such as technology, games, apps, digital gadgets, and more. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science & Engineering.

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