Build unsigned APK file with Android Studio – Dev

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I’m developing an Android app with the Android Developer Tool.
Now I tried the new Android Studio, everything works fine if connect my smartphone with the PC and directly run the program in the Android Studio.
But now I want to test the program with other smartphones without connecting them to my PC.

The ADT creates the .apk file under “projectname/bin” every time you compile the program. How I see it at the moment, Android Studio doesn’t do that.

So, my question is: Is it possible to create an unsigned .apk file with Android Studio?


According to Build Unsigned APK with Gradle you can simply build your application with gradle.
In order to do that:

  1. click on the drop down menu on the toolbar at the top (usually with android icon and name of your application)
  2. select Edit configurations
  3. click plus sign at top left corner or press alt+insert
  4. select Gradle
  5. choose your module as Gradle project
  6. in Tasks: enter assemble
  7. press OK
  8. press play

After that you should find your unsigned ‘apk’ in directory


I would recommend you to build your APK file with Gradle:

  • Click the dropdown menu in the toolbar at the top (Open ‘Edit Run/Debug configurations’ dialog)
  • Select “Edit Configurations”
  • Click the “+”
  • Select “Gradle”
  • Choose your module as a Gradle project
  • In Tasks: enter assemble
  • Press Run

Your unsigned APK is now located in


For detailed information on how to use Gradle, this tutorial is good to go: Building with Gradle in Android Studio. I also wrote a blog post on how to build an unsigned APK with Gradle.

If you moved your project from the other IDE and don’t want to recompile, you may find your APK file that was already built in the IDE you moved from:

  • If you generated the Project with Android Studio, the APK file will be found in ProjectName/ProjectName/build/apk/...

  • Imported the project from eclipse: File should be in the same directory. Go to ProjectShow in Explorer. There you should find the bin folder where your APK file is located in.

  • Imported from IntelliJ, the location would be ProjectName/out/production/...

Side note:
As Chris Stratton mentioned in his comment:

Technically, what you want is an APK signed with a debug key. An APK
that is actually unsigned will be refused by the device.


just go to BUILD->Build APK and it’s done


The easiest way, I guess:

  • Open Gradle tab on the right side
  • Double click YourProject/:app/assemble (or assembleDebug)
  • You’ll find the apk here