How To Sideload Android Apps Onto Your BlackBerry 10 Device

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Yes, you can sideload Android apps onto your BlackBerry 10 device and today we are going to show you how to do just that using a browser plugin for Google Chrome. There are various ways to sideload, this in my opinion is the easiest way no wires needed (just WiFi connection). As you can see the above image is our app for BlackBerry 10 in which we are soon to submit to BlackBerry World, if you cannot wait then you can grab the BAR file here.

To begin the sideload process:

Note: If you are running OS 10.2.1 and higher we suggest you follow this guide.

Running OS 10.2 and below:

1) Download the Google Chrome browser plugin:

Name of plugin – PlayBook App Manager - Download here

After you have downloaded and added to Google Chrome – If you do not see extension on the toolbar simply go to Google Chrome Settings menu, on the left side of the Settings option you will see Extensions:

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Select extensions – Go to PlayBook App Manager & select Options, see image:

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After selected it will get you to the PlayBook App Manager screen:

3 How To Sideload Android Apps Onto Your BlackBerry 10 DeviceAs you can see it is asking for Device Hostnames/IPs, which we will get from your BlackBerry 10 device by going into Settings, followed by Security and Privacy, see image highlight:

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After selecting Security & Privacy we are going to go into Development Mode:

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We are now going to toggle the “Use Development Mode” to On.
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As soon as you toggle on a new window is going to popup asking for your device password if you have one, if you do not then you will set a development mode password.
IMG 00000214 580x966 How To Sideload Android Apps Onto Your BlackBerry 10 DeviceAfter you have entered your password it will let you know that development mode is now on.

There will be two IP address that you will insert in the PlayBook App Manager fields we saw earlier, first one is that development IP address:

Which as you can see here is: 169.254.0.1

Followed by your device IPs (you must be connected to WiFi), to get this IP address you will go to Settings, followed by About:

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After selecting About you will then hit the Category – General button up top and select Network:
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After you have selected Network your IP will be displayed under the WiFi section:

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Now we have both IP addresses needed:
Development IP address: 169.254.0.1
WiFi IP address: 192.168.1.5

These two will both be inputted into the PlayBook App Manager IP address fields in this format >> 169.254.0.1, 192.168.1.5 << As you can see they are separated by a comma. See image:
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After you input IPs, hit save and as you can see from the image above the IPs will be listed at the bottom of the PlayBook App Manager options under Manage your devices:

Click on your WiFi IP address. In this case 192.168.1.5. After you have selected that it will be asking you to insert your password, the same password you inputted when you turned development mode on.
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Insert password, hit Log in. After that the rest is cake.

Once you have your BAR file saved to your computer you simply drag that BAR file to the PlayBook App Manager screen. See image:
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As you can see from the image above I am dragging the BlackBerry Empire BAR file to the screen, after that you just let go and let it install and you are done. Try it out with the BlackBerry Empire app for BlackBerry 10 that you can download here. There you have it, if you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments below as we will assist you.

We have also started a thread. - List of Working BlackBerry 10 BAR Files. Feel free to download and/or make requests within that thread.

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Comments

  1. John M. author says

    Great article!! Just following the steps will make it super easy. I always thought sideloading would be hard but just follow your steps and its a breeze. Thanks.

    • John M. author says

      We have some in our forums.

      You can also just do a Google search for anyone you might be looking for that is not yet on BlackBerry Empire.

  2. REASON_NOT_EMOTION author says

    I keep getting a 404 error. I cleared the cache, restarted Chrome, etc. Every time I get as far as development mode. I never get the “Log into Playbook page.” At that step I get a “404 Not found index.html:
    This item has not been found.” Then I get what looks like a hyperlink to my device’s name which opens up a search. I am on a Mac. I tried like 50 times. Any help would be appreciated.

  3. jode author says

    i have the same problem soon as i click on the wifi thing the page goes to error :| ill admit im a technophobe but i followed everything exact

  4. sela author says

    Yaaaaay I have installed it successfully……after trying several times. I think the key issues was I didn’t have the newest version of the bar file.So make sure you have the newest version of the bar file.
    Thank you for your step by step guide was really helpful.

  5. sapphire author says

    Pls help me, Google method isn’t working, it shows error, DDPD method shows authentication error (immediately after I click on connect)

    Pls someone help me, I’ve tried 3 different laptops, and it’s d same….
    What am I doing wrong

  6. Amber J author says

    I must be an idiot because I have tried absolutely everything and can not get the apps to launch. I have tried both the DDPB and the Chrome extension. I get the icon on my phone but when I tap them nothing happens. Please help

  7. Jamillia Burgess author says

    Okay soo i was able to get through with everything but my issue now is that none of my app opens at all…I do have a Mac and my phone is the z10….Please Helpppp…..

  8. Preity author says

    I followed all your steps and everything worked out completely fine, however when I try to sign up for snapchat through my phone it says “unfortunately, snapchat has stopped”
    Any idea on what to potentially do?

  9. drea author says

    I’ve tried and tried this method, and every time i get to putting my IP addresses in and still proceed with the warning page… it takes me to yahoo page saying error i never get to the part where i can log and and do the bar file help what can i do differently.?

  10. Gee author says

    Ive completed everything, and everythings downloaded but now i dont understand how to get the apps onto my phone by using bbempire. i click download from the app on my phone and nothing will happen?

  11. Jakob Reumann author says

    I have completed all steps exept the last one. Everytime I try to log into the PlayBook device I get this message: “Log in to your BB10 / PlayBook device” and then I get back to the LogIn screen. Please help!

    • Jakob Reumann author says

      I have completed all steps exept the last one. Everytime I try to log into the PlayBook device I get this message: “Retrieve list of installed apps from BB10 / PlayBook device …” and then I get back to the LogIn screen. Please help!

      EDIT: Oops wrong message!

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