Every now and again there is an app in the Google Play Store that’s either incompatible for your device or not available in your country. Well, thankfully as with Android, there is always a solution for everything but it might not just be as straight forward as you would think. Here’s a little guide on how to get incompatible apps in Google Play to work for your device.
- First, you must make sure that your device is rooted other the app that we’re going to use won’t work. If you haven’t done so already, check out some of our guides on rooting or check out our forums.
- In addition, you must enable “Unknown Sources”. To get these enabled, head to Settings > Security > “Unknown Sources” checkbox.
- Next, you need to get the APK for the App “Market Helper”, which doesn’t exist in the Google Play Store. You can check it out at the XDA-Developers Forum or check out Android Police.
- Move the app over to your phone and install it to your device. You can also download it via a mobile browser and install it directly.
Set up “Market Helper”
- With the app installed on your device, you can easily change the identity of your device or spoof your country location in the Google Play Store
- To use these options, first go to “Select Account”, enter your GMAIL address, and then tap on “Activate”
- It will then pop up a request to act as a superuser on your device, which you have to agree to.
- Here’s where it gets interesting, in the “Select Device”, you can also specify whether you want to pretend to have a tablet or a smartphone in the Google Play Store.
- Secondly, you can then choose what type of device you want to spoof. Because I wanted to try out Facebook Home on my Galaxy S2, I choose to spoof a Galaxy S3.
- Under “Select Operator”, you can then set your country that whichever you’d prefer. For here, I chose to just use United States. As well, you can also choose the carrier that you’d like to have as well. For here, we’ve left it as “AT & T” and then tapped on Activate.
- In the confirmation window, you’ll have the option to head to the Google Dashboard and then update your account with the changes you’ve specified.
- Once this is complete, you don’t have to do anything else. Just hit your home button and open up Google Play on your device.
- Now, whatever restrictions were in place due to your country, device, device type, or carrier should be lifted.
- As we said before, Facebook Home isn’t compatible with the Galaxy S2, but thanks to Market Helper, we can make Google Play think that it is a Galaxy S3.
Note: Just because an app is now “compatible” with your device, it doesn’t mean that it will work perfectly or at all, for that matter.
Of course, there are other ways to get apps that are not compatible with your device or country. For example,. There is almost always an opportunity to download an APK file and get it to work for you. Nevertheless, Market Helper is a nice way to get things to work when they just don’t seem to want to.
Got any success stories about using Market Helper or another app that will allow you to install what you want on your device? Share it in the comments.