Downloading and Installing
What am I downloading?
When you purchase Anki flashcards from Lingualism, you are purchasing a data file used by the Anki application/program. The file extension is .apkg. Just like other data files you may be more familiar with, such as .doc and .pdf, you will need a computer application to open and run the file. If you do not have the Anki application installed, your computer will not know what to do with an .apkg data file. You can download and install the Anki desktop application for free here.
How do I download my file(s)?
When you purchase Anki flashcards from Lingualism, you will be taken to an order confirmation page where you will see download buttons. You should also receive a confirmation email with the same download links. You need to download the .apkg file(s) to your desktop or laptop computer, not to a mobile device. .apkg files can only be imported into the desktop Anki application. (You can sync your Anki decks to your mobile device in a later step.)
Your download links automatically become invalid after five download attempts (or after five days, whichever comes first), so be sure not to click on them from your phone or tablet. Download to your desktop or laptop computer and save a copy of the file for safe keeping.
How do I import the file to the Anki application?
The .apkg file has been compressed (zipped) in order to download safely. You will see that the file extension ends in .zip. You first need to decompress (unzip) the file, as you cannot import a compressed (.zip) file into the Anki application. How do you decompress a file? It depends on your computer and the program it uses for decompressing (unzipping) files, but this is often a matter of double-clicking on the .zip file.
By the way, if you download the file with Safari on a Mac, the default setting is to decompress the file automatically upon download.
Once the file is decompressed, it will end in the file extension .apkg (rather than .zip). If you have the Anki desktop application installed, the file’s icon will appear as the Anki logo (gray box with a blue star).
You are now ready to import the .apkg file to your Anki application. This can normally be done by double-clicking on the file. You can also open the Anki application, and go to IMPORT.