What is an OBB file?
Also known as Opaque Binary Blob, the OBB file format was developed by Google for their Android system. This file format is used by Android app developers to package large files that are stored by their apps in the public SD card of the user’s Android device.
What You Should Have to Install OBB File?
Beforehand, it’s good to prepare the check list of requirements you need to install OBB file on your Android device. You may source the Apk file form App Market or any other trusted third party app store. To install an Apk and OBB file, you should’ve the following:
- OBB file
- Android Data folder (default)
- Laptop or personal computer (You can use your phone, if your phone’s file manager 📂 lets you see the hidden folders).
- APK file.
- External memory or SD Card (optional).
Once you confirm the availability of the above requirements, you can go ahead to install the OBB file on the available Android device. In order to install the OBB file, you need to connect your PC and phone with the help of USB cable or use your phones file manager with hidden files shown.
APK Expansion Files
Google Play requires that the compressed APK that users download be no more than 100MB. For most apps, this is plenty of space for all the app’s code and assets. However, some apps need more space for high-fidelity graphics, media files, or other large assets. Previously, if your app’s compressed download size exceeded 100MB, you had to host and download the additional resources yourself when the user opens the app. Hosting and serving the extra files can be costly, and the user experience is often less than ideal. To make this process easier for you and more pleasant for users, Google Play allows you to attach two large expansion files that supplement your APK.
These are the obb or android expansion files. See the official documentation here
How to Install OBB File?
🍥You need to begin with the installation of Apk file. So, follow the given below steps to install the Apk file on your Android device:
🍥Download the Apk File on your Android device.
🍥Enable the “Unknown Sources”. To do it, follow this path. → Settings > Security settings > Unknown sources.
🍥Install the Apk file.
🍥Now, download the OBB file.
Place the downloaded OBB file at the correct location on your device. Here’re the steps where you’ve to put the OBB file. You need to make use of your laptop.
🍥OBB file has been downloaded in Zip file. Unzip it or extract the data file.
🍥Copy the folder stored with “DATA” and move it to, External storage (SD Card) → Android → Data.
🍥If it’s an OBB file, move it to, External storage (SD Card) → Android → OBB.
In case, if you’re unable to find the “OBB” file or “DATA” folder on your device, you may create it manually at the above mentioned locations.
🍥Ensure that the files are copied correctly so as to avoid any error later on.
🍥Disconnect your PC from phone.
And then run the installed APK file.
Thus you can install an obb file on your android smartphone. You can also do the above steps using your smartphone’s file manager.
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