In recent years, the use of APKs has increased tremendously because people don’t want to spend money on premium ads. Forget apps that come with a one-time fee, even the apps that work on the SaaS model are available for free on APK websites. So, if you want to download and use an app without paying any fee at all, you rely on the APK version. Sure, these files aren’t available through the official channel, but there are many reputed APK sites such as Malavida, Uptodown, APKPure, APKMirror, and APKStore where you can find such apps.
The risk involved with downloading APKs
Before you start installing any app using an APK, you must know that there’s a considerable amount of risk involved, especially when you’re doing it from an untrusted source. Every Android Package that’s not downloaded from the official store poses a security threat. And thus, your best bet would be to rely on trustworthy sites mentioned above so as to prevent risking any malware such as Trojan horse onto your device.
Without wasting much time, let’s discuss one of the most popular APK communities on the internet – r/ApksApps. On this sub, you’ll find quality information that you can count on.
My recent experience on r/ApksApps
I was scrolling through r/ApksApps just yesterday, and there was this one thread that I interacted. A user named niskond2009 wanted a suggestion for the best music player for Android. Over the years, I’ve tried and tested so many of them and thus couldn’t resist commenting on this post.
I recommended PowerAmp because, among all the music players I’ve used in the past 4-5 years, I feel PowerAmp is the most stable one that is capable of providing a comprehensive experience. There were quite a few interesting options in the thread consisting of APKs that I didn’t know about earlier. These were Blackplayer Ex, Avee Player, RetroMusicPlayer, and Musicolet.
About r/ApksApps – Community & Members
The community has 29,000 members, out of which 200-350 members are online at any given time. This subreddit was created on November 2, 2018, and has attracted a lot of attention in less than two years. I’m sure this is one of those subs that’ll cross the 100k mark in the next couple of years and will continue to grow. The numbers are nothing short of spectacular, and the content on this sub is equally amazing.
How to access r/ApksApps?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/ApksApps’ in your search bar and join the subreddit, however, if you aren’t well-versed with Reddit and are not present on the platform. You’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/ApksApps
It’s easy to manage a Facebook or an Instagram page with less than 30,000 followers, but similar cannot be said for Reddit. Sure, there are dozens of pages out there that have more than 100,000 members and are managed by a single person. However, I don’t see that as a positive side, as the entire community shouldn’t have an individual managing everything. Firstly, because it’s tedious on the mod, and secondly, he/she might not be able to maintain the standard of posts on the sub.
Luckily, I found five mods on r/ApksApps at the time of writing this review – ‘Oilers974’, ‘hifi_2007_reviews’, ‘Mobile750APKStore’, ‘PSP_91’, and ‘stiles_stillinkski.’ Out of these mods, hifi 2007 is the most popular mod, because he has his own website where you can read and learn about various APKs.
Why should you follow r/ApksApps?
I love the content on this subreddit. I remember this particular post from a couple of days ago where a user asked for the best anime APKs, and he got more than 30 comments. Out of those, a single comment offered about six APK options – Anime ultima, Aniko, Anime x stream, Anime twist, Funimation mod, and Crunchyroll mod.
Don’t judge this community by its small numbers. It is one of the most active subs I’ve seen in a while. As opposed to r/hbo or r/cartoons, each post has a considerable number of upvotes and comments. It’s mostly the comments that I’m attracted to rather than the number of upvotes. There are dozens of posts uploaded each day, and there are various types of content buckets. I like to check out posts related to updates, mod packs, and announcements.
Browsing & Navigation
r/ApksApps may have numerous users operating simultaneously, but that doesn’t affect the browsing and navigation on this page. Though there are hundreds of users active, you can easily check various sections, sort content, and even open a particular post and engage in a thread without any discrepancy. I assume this is mainly because most of the posts are just pure text-based, and thus they eat less space as compared to rich media.
Another striking feature of this sub is that you get access to community links. If you want to step out of Reddit and engage on other platforms, you can do so. There are links to Telegram, and Discord where you can connect with the core community members regarding updates, off-topic discussions, app releases, so on and so forth.
For a community this size, I was shocked to see half a dozen gold on it. You’ll find posts that have been awarded gold, and even comments in some of the posts have won gold for being quirky. Thus far, r/ApksApps has surpassed my expectation for a community with less than 30,000 members.
Related Subreddit kind of builds credibility, in my opinion. When a sub recommends certain subs related to its niche, it works to enhance the user experience. Most users aren’t aware of specific communities and thus don’t even find them. With this feature on r/ApksApps, you get access to six similar subs – ‘TVZionApp,’ ‘TTVreborn,’ ‘AnimeDLR,’ ‘ApolloTV,’ ‘TeaTV,’ and ‘animeglare.’
Filter by flair
I can tolerate anything on a subreddit, but the lack of filter by flair rubs me the wrong way. Why? Because each sub is filled with a plethora of content and not having filters means you need to browse your way through the puddle to find the content you’re looking for. Luckily, r/ApksApps has 11 options you can choose from – ‘MEGATHREAD,’ ‘Announcement,’ ‘ModRelease,’ ‘AppRelease,’ ‘MODPack,’ ‘Update,’ ‘Question,’ ‘Request (App/Mod),’ ‘Misleading,’ ‘News/Article,’ and ‘Discussion.’
Important rules you must know before joining r/ApksApps?
Before you go ahead and follow r/ApksApps, there are certain rules that you must know about. If you don’t follow these rules, your post might get removed and can even lead to a permaban. So, make sure to read all these rules:
1. Post must have the appropriate flair
2. Post must be related to Android apps
3. Repeated posts are not allowed
4. The post should be descriptive
5. Don’t resubmit posts
6. Be Civil & Gentle
7. Use MEGATHREADS for apps and updates announcement
r/ApksApps is a fine example of basics done right. There’s a unique community icon consisting of an Android logo. In addition to that, there’s a unique cover image that helps the page to stand out. Apart from the general Reddit menus, you have dedicated flair options, related subreddits, and even links to other platforms.
Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. How to add a web browser to Roku? – 243 upvotes
2. Best Android Modded Apps Collection (MegaThread-01) – 237 upvotes
3. A New Megathread will be Up Soon – 229 upvotes
4. Happy 1st Year Anniversary Celebration to APKApps! – 201 upvotes
5. I will be leaving r/apksapps and giving ownership to u/Mobile750APKStore – 165 upvotes
Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. Please make this sub-apps only – 159 upvotes
2. Anime Streaming App (No Ads) Open Source – 136 upvotes
3. Modded Spotify FAQ – 121 upvotes
4. Huge overhaul of r/apksapps coming on September 3 – 111 upvotes
5. Somebody created GTA 5 entire city using the UNITY engine. Looking good as a fan-made game – 113 upvotes
r/ApksApps describes itself as the home of apps mod releases. Herein, you’ll find information about a variety of apps from various niches. These include streaming, network, misc, utility, & collection, to name a few. You can discuss anything you want, request answers, post questions, and engage with fellow community members. Each day, you’ll come across amazing posts that enlighten you about various apps that you didn’t know existed.