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How to View Icons of Mobile Apps on Windows with APKSHELL

If you have ever downloaded mobile apps on your Windows PC, you might have noticed that they don't show their icons in Windows Explorer. Instead, they use generic icons based on their file extensions, such as .apk for Android, .ipa for iOS, or .appx for Windows Phone. This can make it hard to identify and manage your apps, especially if you have many of them.

Fortunately, there is a free tool that can help you solve this problem. It's called APKSHELL (APK Icon Viewer), and it's a Windows shell extension that supports displaying icons for mobile apps in Windows Explorer. It also shows some useful information about the apps in the tooltip, such as package name, version, and permissions. You can also batch rename your apps using custom patterns, or go to the app store page with a right-click shortcut.

Installing APKSHELL is very easy. You just need to have the .NET framework installed on your PC, then download the latest release from, extract the .zip file somewhere, and run install.bat as administrator. To uninstall, run uninstall.bat. You might need to restart explorer to see the changes.

APKSHELL is an open source project hosted on GitHub at You can find more details about its features and development there. You can also contribute to the project by reporting issues, suggesting features, or translating it to other languages.

With APKSHELL, you can make your Windows Explorer more colorful and informative by showing icons for your mobile apps. It's a handy tool for anyone who likes to download and manage mobile apps on their PC.

How to use APKSHELL

Once you have installed APKSHELL, you can start using it right away. Just open Windows Explorer and navigate to the folder where you have your mobile apps. You should see their icons displayed instead of the generic ones. You can also hover your mouse over an app to see its tooltip with some information about it.

If you want to rename your apps, you can select one or more of them and right-click to open the context menu. You will see an option called "APKSHELL - Rename". Click on it and you will see a dialog box where you can enter a custom pattern for renaming. You can use variables such as %AppName%, %Version%, %PackageName%, %Debugable%, and %Attr (TagPath,Attribute)%. For example, if you want to rename your apps with their app name and version, you can use the pattern "%AppName%_%Version%.apk". You can also preview the results before applying the changes.

If you want to go to the app store page of an app, you can right-click on it and select "APKSHELL - Go to app store". This will open your default browser and take you to the corresponding page on Google Play, App Store, or Microsoft Store. This can be useful if you want to check for updates, reviews, or other information about the app.

If you want to change some settings of APKSHELL, such as enabling or disabling adaptive icons, clearing icon cache, or choosing icon resolution, you can right-click on any app and select "APKSHELL - Preferences". This will open a dialog box where you can adjust the settings according to your preferences. aa16f39245


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