Sep 25, 2013

How to download apps from Google Play on devices that are listed as incompatible?

I’ve sideloaded a number of apps that were officially incompatible with my Android phone, with mixed results; sometimes they actually work fine, sometimes I get to spend some time with Titanium Backup to restore the device. I’m ok with this, and realize I risk bricking my phone, but it is old enough that I don’t mind taking the chance. However, not all apps are available from sources other than Play. Is there a way to get around Play’s prohibition and install directly from Play?

The Ultimate Guide to Installing Incompatible Android Apps from Google Play

"Android developers can restrict their apps to certain devices, countries, and minimum versions of Android. However, there are ways around these restrictions, allowing you to install apps marked as “not compatible with your device.”

Note that these tricks are all unsupported by Google. These tricks require fooling Google Play, and many require root. Some of these tricks may not work properly, as Google doesn’t want us doing these things."

Yes, there are ways. Since you mentioned Titanium Backup, I can safely assume that you are rooted. One thing to keep in mind though, is the Android version required pretty much means REQUIRED. If you are running 2.3 and the app requires 4.0, you shouldn’t waste your time.


If you are comfortable with poking around under the hood of Android, you can alter the build.prop file to make your device appear to be a different model. Just do a google search on how to modify build.prop, and you can probably do it pretty easily. There is also an app called Market Helper (you have to sideload it) that is supposed to do it for you, but I haven’t tried it, so I can’t personally vouch for it. Here is the link if you want to give the app a try instead of modifying the file yourself.    


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