How to Open APKG Files on Mobile or Desktop

An APKG file is a custom deck of flashcards created in Anki, a free studying app. This minHour will teach you how to open APKG files using the Anki app on a computer and on an Android phone or tablet. The iPhone/iPad app, however, is not free, and the web version of Anki cannot open APKG files. If you have an iPhone or iPad, head to your Windows PC or Mac to open the file.

Using a Computer

Download and install Anki if you don’t have it.

If you’re on a Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, or iPhone, you can use Anki. To download, go to and click or search for the app in the App Store (AnkiMobile) or Google Play Store (AnkiDroid).

  • Double-click to open the installed file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the application.

Open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).

Press the to open File Explorer, or click the two-toned smiley face icon on your Mac’s Dock, which is usually at the bottom of the screen.

Double-click the APKG file.

If Anki doesn’t automatically open the APKG file, you need to right-click on the file, then select .

Using an Android

Open AnkiDroid.

This app looks like a grey/black rectangle with a blue star on it that you’ll find on one of your Home screens, in the app drawer, or by searching.

  • Tap OK and Allow to give the app permission to access your storage.

Tap ⋮.

It’s in the top right corner of your screen.

Tap Import.

You’ll see this option near the bottom of the menu.

Navigate to and tap your APKG file.

You can tap the three-line menu icon if you want to access a different file location.

Tap ADD.

The APKG file will be added to your flashcard collections, which may take a while depending on how many files are inside the APKG file.


  • The web version of Anki does not load APKG files, but you can still log in and use the flashcards you have saved to your account.

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