How To Easily Install Android Apps On BB10
With OS 10.2.1 BlackBerry will be bringing the ability to install Android APK files right on the device from the Browser or File Manager. Unlike previous OS versions where you had a lengthy process of converting the APK to a readable BAR file, then side-loading using any number of methods, you now are just a few taps away from getting a plethora of Android apps on your device quickly and easily.
Keep in mind that this is only for OS 10.2.1.1055, so if you’re not running the leaked OS (or a higher version we’d imagine) then this won’t work at all.
As of now there are a few ways to download APK files to your device, all of which are fairly easy.
Use the APK Downloader
For access to more specific APK files that you may want you can use the APK Downloader, which you can find in any forum on the internet. You’ll just need the Google Play URL of whatever app you’re looking to grab. Download it, tap to install and you’re good to go.
Install a third-party app store
Perhaps the easiest way to find Android apps is with the use of a third-party app store like Amazon or 1Mobile. Just head to the respective link, install the app store APK and browse away. These app stores have loads of popular free apps and making finding what you want a breeze.
How to Install
If downloading a file from your device, when it’s complete just tap the file in the ‘downloads’ view and then tap install to begin. If you’re transferring the APK files to your device, use the File Manager to locate the APK then tap it to open and tap Install to begin.
Step 1: Find your APK
We have a few sources you can count on.
- Amazon App Store
- 1mobile Market
- APK Train (website)
- Snap APK Downloader
Step 2: Get the APK file on your BlackBerry
You can get an Android APK install file on your BlackBerry by visiting the source in your BlackBerry browser (which is the easiest option), e-mailing yourself the file, or moving the file directly from your computer to your phone by plugging them together with a USB cable.
Step 3: Install the APK file from your BlackBerry
If you downloaded the APK from your browser, the Downloads window should have already popped up asking you where you want to save it and what the filename should be; just tap the file when it’s done. If the download window isn’t there, it’s easy enough to get back up. Tap the overflow menu button in the bottom-right (three little dots), and tap Downloads.
If the file was moved to your phone in any other way, you can find it easily by tapping the magnifying glass icon from the home screen at the bottom in the middle and typing “.apk” in the search box at the top. Anything you’ve moved over should show up under the Documents and Files result. Just tap the one you want to install.
Your Android app should start installing after a short “Processing” indicator. Tap the Install button in the top right, and tap Accept on the pop-up window which informs you of the device permissions that are required for the app to run.
To Note: Now, remember that there are no guarantees that these apps will function as advertised. BlackBerry does not run Android, it can just run Android apps. The Android app player in BlackBerry 10 is good, and should handle most of what you throw at it.