How to Choose the Right Variant for APK Downloads

Isn’t it frustrating when you’re attempting to sideload an alternative APK file to fix download pending error on Play Store but you still have to encounter “app can’t be installed” problem? You’re in the search of any technical reasons leading to this trouble and end up being stuck with it. Now, you’ve come to the right place. The proper answer is that you selected a wrong APK version to download since there’re different variants created to closely correspond to the device’s specifications. So, how do you figure out which one is the most compatible version? Let’s keep reading our post.

how to find a proper variant for APK download

How to find a proper variant for APK download

Get to know the different file versions

As previously mentioned,  Android apps are designed to work flawlessly on many different types of devices so that there probably exist multiple versions available of an app. It will be much easier if the app has only one version that is compatible with almost all device configurations. But not-how to find out the most suitable one is not really a straightforward task for the majority of users. Rather than randomly opting for one APK file among various variants, it would be better to adopt the right one at first. 

How to check your Android device’s information

Though it sounds a bit technically confusing, the way to find out your Android device specification is just simple with the support of the AIDA64 application. There are three fundamental categories that you need to check on your device, namely Architecture, Screen DPI (Dots Per Inch) and Android version. Firstly, you should have the AIDA64 app installed on your phone via other third- party websites or Google Play is your own choice. Then, we’ll guide you on how to find this information above.

Architecture (the type of processor): select CPU>look through Instruction Set or Supported ABIs. Normally, you can see several common options such as arm (armeabia, armeabi-v7a), arm64 (arm64, arm64-v8a), x86, x86_64, etc.

architechture data


DPI (the pixel density of your phone’s screen): Head to Display> choose Pixel Density.



Android version (your device’s Android OS): Go to Android> Android version.

android version

Android version

How to find a correct variant to download

After grasping knowledge of the Android device’s detailed information, you will make a comparison among three major parameters. Then, you can select the right variant that bears striking resemblance to your device’s specs. Plus, there are also a bunch of APKs sites that provide different versions of an app for you to download. For example, to download various APKs files, you just head to your web’s browser and search for ApkTovi+app’s name.

Please kindly note some following information before jumping to a conclusion to choose which version is equivalent to Google Pixel XL:

  1. Regarding the DPI and Android version, you should pick the APK has those parameters equal to or higher than those of your device. In case the APK file shows the nodpi variant, don’t worry because it means that the DPI is compatible with any device. 
  2. In terms of Architecture, 32-bit apps can be installed on both 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems, whereas a 64-bit (arm64) APK is only feasible with 64-architecture devices. To be more specific:
  • arm on arm device: OK.
  • arm64 on arm device: Nope.
  • arm on arm64 device: OK
  • arm64 on arm64 device: OK
  1. If there are several variants that share the same specifications with your phone, selecting the latest one based on the Update Date will be highly recommended. 

Hope the aforementioned guidance on how to find the right variant will be helpful for you in case of facing download problems. 

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