On our blog, we have used the term Mod APKs several times and we are aware that it can cause a little bit of confusion among users who are not really tech-savvy and are looking for simple solutions.
So, here is a simple article, explaining what actually modded APK is are and what are the pros or cons of using a Modded APK on your Android mobile.
What is a Modded APK
In Plain English, modded APK is are modified versions of official Android apps such as Instagram, WhatsApp, PicsArt, etc.
An Android app is packaged into a file that has an extension named .APK. So, it is called an APK file, which has got all the elements of the app and it can be installed on an Android mobile.
A qualified developer can make edits to the elements inside an APK file, to add or enable a limited feature of the official app and then recompile it.
It is known as modded APK and it is shared on several websites.
Are Modded APKs are Illegal to use
The modded APKs are obviously no official apps. And most of the time, the Modded APKs unlock premium features, which are available in official apps are in-app purchases.
It is one of the ways developers of the apps make money. It is definitely not in interest of the original creator of the app, and there are strict copyright laws for it.
However, most of the laws are for the distributors, not the users. But, the source from where you download the Modded APK is breaking a low.
But since it’s easier to track down the source (a website or an account on a sharing website) than the users.
Technically, users can also be tracked down because the websites record information like IP address, Device Platform, Browser used.
But the number of downloads is pretty high, so high that it’s virtually impossible to track down every user who downloaded a modded APK.
So, users do not have to fear, at lease in terms of legal issues.
Having said that, it is not the case with the circulation of every Modded APK. It is not much of a serious crime if it’s a Modded APK of a free app, just adding features fan love and it is not officially available.
Sometimes developers who are a fan of an app can modify an app to please a community.
Can using a Modded APK get your account Banned / Suspended?
If you are using a Modded APK for an app where you use an account, it can be troublesome.
Modded APKs of apps like WhatsApp are pretty strict about the usage of Modded APKs.
There are Modded APKs of WhatsApp, like WhatsApp Gold or GBWhatsAPP, they add many other features to the WhatsApp account.
Same goes with Modded APKs of the Instagram app, it introduces features like Dark Mode, ability to Download Videos and Photos right from within the app.
The developers of these apps can find out if the user is using a Modded APK, but the fact these apps are used by millions, you can get away with it if you are not actually abusing the additional features of Modded APKs.
There are many apps that will work without you having to create or log in to an account. There is no feature of getting anything banned there.
Can Modded APKs Infect Your Android Mobile?
There have been many stories that have been shared in different forums and Facebook groups talking about how they install an infected app on Android.
Modded APK is not available in the Play Store because they are not in line with the terms and conditions set by Google, you have to turn to and official sources to download Modded APKs.
And this is where the problem arises because it’s tough to find a trusted website where you would get a modded APK without any infection.
Because it is very scary to install an app from an untrusted source.
Some of them, we have covered on our website, like the Apple Pie.
Apple Pie is an APF file that anyone can get tricked into installing and it immediately changes the wallpaper of your mobile phone, the lock screen of your mobile phone, the ringtone 11 can put you in a really embarrassing position.
Just imagine the kind of damage it can do to a person if it is telling something else to suggest banking information clicking your photos from the front camera for the back camera recording videos, audio, and voice calls.
SMS can be Hijacked, which means OTPs wont to be safe.
So how do you actually download a clean Modded APK?
Most of the time you will find an APK where you will find the exact Modded APK which third party developer has created.
If an official website is not available for the modded APK you can find a trusted one by asking in community forums.
We have been covering a few modded APK is on our website and we sometimes find trusted links to download the Mod APK which can be found in the article itself.
You can find all the articles about modded APK in the Modded APKs tag.