Convert Progressive Web App (PWA) to Android App (APK)

Progressive Web App or PWA is an excellent way enabling your website visitors adding an icon on their mobile device desktop for quick and easy access. In addition to other benefits, PWA offers native app-like experience while still being a website just with manifest like this added. But it's much more difficult to engage user to hit Add to home while visiting your website on regular browser than to ask him/her to install an app from Play Store. Let's look into how to convert PWA to full-blown Android app that can be distributed as APK or via regular app store.

First we need to introduce ourselves to Trusted Web Activity or TWA:

Trusted Web Activity is a new way to open your web-app content such as your Progressive Web App (PWA) from your Android app using a protocol based on Custom Tabs.

So essentially whatever will be presented to user screen is website content which would look exactly the same opened in usual browser. Afterall, most apps need internet connection to work, right?

TWA can be built into APK or prepared as Android App Bundle (AAB) which is required by Play Sore following this guide or by walking this step-by-step post available to web monetization subscribers below.

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