DIY How To Sideload Android Apps on PlayBook 2.0
I've had some friends think sideloading is difficult, so I created a DIY on the simple procedure in 12 simple steps!
*update* I updated the steps because I don't think they were in the correct order. Good Luck!
Some tips from Lyricidal. Thanks.
A few suggestions for those having issues:
- make sure to extract the whole contents of the .zip and run bbhtool as administrator
- make sure to install the java runtime environment: java.com: Java + You
- If you are on a 32-bit system you only require the 32-bit install
- If you are on a 64-bit system you'll need to get both
- I personally use the wifi address and have never had issues - generally 192.x.x.x
- Ensure the .bar is correctly signed as unsigned .bar files will not load without a debug token
Keep in mind, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE IF THIS DAMAGES YOUR PLAYBOOK!
Sideloading Android Apps
*Make sure your PlayBook is updated to OS 2.0
*Setup your PlayBook for WIFI Sharing.
This can be done in Settings, Storage & Sharing, File Sharing ON, Wi-Fi Sharing ON.
*You will need the this program
*BBH Tool, you can get it here and install it.
http://bit.ly/GetBBHToolAlt *Link Updated 10/17/12*
*You willl also need to have your .bar PlayBook converted Android App downloaded. There's a bunch here:
1. Goto Settings, you will need to setup your PlayBook is 'Development Mode'.
2. Click on 'Use Development Mode', change to 'ON'. You will be prompted to enter a password.
3. Enter a password, use something simple. you can remove it later.
4. It will look like this, now you can move on to the next step.
5. In your settings, goto 'About', change the tab to 'Network' and get your IPv4 address. In this case it is 192.168.0.111
6. You are now done with the settings on the PlayBook.
Continued in Post #2
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7. Next step, open BBH Tool (open as administrator) on your PC. Then click on the 'PlayBook' tab.
9. Enter your PlayBook's IPv4 address (step 5) and the password (step 3) into the 2 boxes.
8. Connect your PlayBook to PC via USB (*You may need to open Blackberry Desktop Manager so Blackberry Device Manager opens and picks up your PlayBook*) and you will be prompted to enter your password (step 3).
10. Now click on 'Add Files' and select your .bar file you want to install. (you can install multiple)
11. Make sure the selected .bar is checked off. (if installing multiple .bars, check all)
12. Almost there, now you just need to press the 'Install It!'
13. Let it do its thing and you will be rocking a new Android App.
14. You can turn off 'Development Mode' the same way you turned it 'ON'. Just flip it to 'OFF'
15. You also may want to remove your password you setup. You can find it in 'Settings', 'Security', 'Password'. Change to 'OFF' and re-enter your password.
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- 02-21-12, 04:54 PM #3
Thanks. This is great.
but there are already a lot like this.
- CrackBerry User
02-21-12, 05:51 PM #7
- 41 Posts
Thanks a lot for the tutorial.
Question: my old apps installed from Android Market still work (Market doesn't). If those APK files could be installed with Market package installer, there could be a way to install APK files on pb without conversion. Does anyone know how to do it?
- CrackBerry Genius
02-21-12, 06:02 PM #10
- 2,050 Posts
Need to root your Playbook....
The only way current to install APK files directly to the Playbook is to root your pb with Dingleberry... Untill version 4 comes out you cannot do it with this version of OS.... Currently you can only install bar files.....
- 02-21-12, 06:22 PM #11
- 02-21-12, 06:45 PM #12
Man you are brilliant. Got my offline evernote docs to go and several others. The only thing I need now is the kindle bar (link is gone)
Again thank you thank you.
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Last edited by KennethD; 02-21-12 at 08:23 PM.
02-21-12, 07:21 PM #19
- 115 Posts
ok... 2 things.
Make sure extract all files from the zip. run it from there.
Also.. the IP address is the USB IPv4, not the wifi IPv4.
You dont get that unless you are plugged in!!!
I kept failing because I had the wifi IP address in the bbh tool
edit: at least that is what worked for me, my usb address is the same as the developement address. also note, that I don't have bridge or BES on my playbook.
Last edited by mrbkkt1; 02-21-12 at 07:23 PM.
- CrackBerry Abuser
02-21-12, 07:40 PM #21
- 132 Posts
EXACTLY, both of you are right. It's better to just use the DEVELOPMENT MODE IP Address which is the USB address. Once in development mode you will see the address or just click on the little icon at the top left in the shape of a head and body, there it tells you both IP addresses. The right address is usually 169.254.0.1. This will solve the problem or better yet just install DDPBInstaller.msi
Search for it here in the forums. That one is easier and has a SCAN button and will enter the proper IP address, you enter the password and then install.
- 02-21-12, 08:21 PM #24
It just worked for me. I didnt worry about the OS folder or the phone selected etc. Just hit the playbook tab put the IP of the usb and put the password in loaded up the BARS selected all and hit install and it worked. Sorry for the run on damn dog on my lap! LOL!