Lucky Patcher analyzes the list of installed apps on the user's device and indicates the actions the user can carry out, including the ability to remove the license verification included on many apps that requires them to be downloaded from Google Play to work; modify the associated permissions; extract the APK file to do backups; and other illicit actions like removing Google Ads, unlocking paid apps to be able to install them on other devices. It is recognized as malware by Google Play Protect and a PUP by Malwarebytes, likely because it allows users to make patches to the Android system or delete it in addition to being illegal. It is popularly used for hacking games as it can allow users to gain the items from in-app purchases for free.
The logo is a smiley face with black eyes and a smile on a yellow face, however the launcher icon can be changed to a few other icons inside the app's settings.
Although the app does not require root access for basic functionality, more features are unlocked if the user has root access.
Due to Lucky Patcher's popularity, many unofficial websites offer downloads of Lucky Patcher that may contain ads or viruses. The official website can be found at luckypatchers (dot) com.
Lucky Patcher is not the only app for hacking in-app purchase of android apps. There are many other alternatives to it too, although some of them require root or use old methods that have been patched in most apps. Some of them are mentioned below:
- Leo Playcard