Where an app is stored very much depends on several criteria:
- System apps / pre-installed-bloatware-apps are stored in
/system/appwith privileged apps in
(which are mounted read-only to prevent any changes). You may also find system apps in
- normal apps in internal memory go to
- some apps (encrypted on internal storage?) go to
- Apps stored on external memory go to an encrypted container in
/mnt/sdcard/.android_secure. As at runtime Android needs them to be decrypted, it will decrypt them and store a decrypted copy on
tmpfs(so it’s gone on a reboot) in
(you cannot simply look into
/mnt/sdcard/.android_securedirectly from the device; but if you use a card reader and attach the card to your PC, you will see the files there have the extension
.apk— from which you will get the connection to the name
- the apps data are stored below
/data/data/<package_name>(internal storage) or on external storage, if the developer sticks to the rules, below
They are stored in
/data/app/ but unless your phone is rooted all you will see is an empty folder.
On my Android 4.0.4 (ICS) Xperia ray, they are stored in
XXX is the Google Play ID of the application.
For example, Firefox is found at
/mnt/asec/org.mozilla.firefox-1/pkg.apk and Skype is found at
Following zuul’s comment I took these screenshots from my phone to confirm my answer.
Stopwatch & Countdown Timer
And these are my phone’s details: