Back then when I was still rocking the blackberry tablet otherwise known as the blackberry playbook running OS10, the only way to which we could install android apk apps on the blackberry 10 tablet was via sideloading.
Sideloading android apps to the blackberry 10 tablet at the time, needed to be done using a computer alongside a .bar version of the android app. Although I heard there was a simpler way to use the Google Chrome browser, I never bothered to try it out.
What that entails is, ordinarily, android apps usually end with .apk as the file extension. But if we had to sideload android apps to the blackberry 10 playbook tablet, we needed to convert the file to .bar extension and then sideload using a PC.
Oh well, let’s not deliberate on that. That process is no longer valid.
We are actually talking of blackberry 10 phones like Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30 devices. Installing android apps on these devices is as easy as ABC. Yes, You heard me right.
Installing Android APK Apps On BlackBerry 10 Easily
Although the sideloading process to installing android apps on blackberry 10 phones still works, why undergo the long and demanding process which obviously require a computer when there’s a much easier way?
Installing android apps on Blackberry 10 phones like Q5, Q10, Z10, Z30 is as easy as downloading an android apk app and installing it. Yes, it’s that simple.
Just before you go ahead and try out what I just said, you needed to set your bb phone to be able to install apps from unknown sources.
Set Up Installation Of Apps From Unknown Sources
In-other to give permission to our blackberry 10 phone to be able to download apps (this case, android apps) from unknown sources, follow the steps below:
==> On your blackberry 10 phones, go to settings
==> Scroll down till you get to App Manager
==> Tap on it. Tap on Installing Apps. Make sure it’s turned ON so you can install apps from other sources other than the BlackBerry world which doesn’t seem to have most apps we need.
When done with that, try downloading an android app in apk format, install it, and open it. It worked fine, right?
Note This About Installing Android APK Apps On Blackberry 10 Devices
So far so good, I cannot ascertain whether or not all android apps work on blackberry 10. However, with the steps outlined above, I was able to install instragram, opera mini browsers, and download manager on my blackberry 10 phones. Click on their respective hyperlink to learn how to.
Please be also aware that you cannot download apps from the android market otherwise known as Google play store but other sources sure works fine.
Update: You can also download Google Play Store on blackberry 10 phone. All you need do is download the APK app from an external source and install. It’s that simple.
In subsequent posts, I will be writing on how to download and install instragram android apk app on the blackberry 10 phone alongside other interesting tutorials.