Just yesterday the BBM app was officially released on the Play Store but to the surprise of many some Android devices running on Android 4.0 especially tablets with more than 7 inches still couldn’t install the BBM app. My Sanei N10 3G tablet with a 4.0.4 Android OS version wasn’t able to install the BBM app because it has a 10.1″ screen and the BBM app is limited to only devices with 7″ and lower, so I thought to myself “why not?”, if other Android devices can install this app, mine will too.
So I decided that provided my device has met the OS condition for this app, I am going to install in and use it on my device no matter what. I have not yet tried this method on lower version OS but I will definitely update this post once I can be able to install the BBM app on any lower Android OS version say 2.3 Gingerbread.
So without wasting much time, let me show you how to install BBM on unsupported Android devices. If you have an Android device running on 2.3 Gingerbread you can try this method and share your result with me via the comments.
How to install BBM on unsupported Android devices:
Since I could not officially install the BBM app on my 10″ tablet due to the screen size, I figured if I could spoof my device as a different device with a smaller screen size, then I may be able to install the BBM app on an unsupported Android device.
This method requires you to have a root access on your Android device, so if you haven’t rooted your device, I will recommend you hit the Google search for how to root your specific devices. Else you can check some of my posts about android rooting.
Then download an app you can use to spoof your device so that Google will think it’s compatible and let you download the BBM app or any other app you haven’t been able to download before just because your device was listed as unsupported.
Download MarketHelper and install this app on your Android device.
Launch the just installed MarketHelper app.
Under “Select Device” choose phone from the drop down and select any of the phone models by the side, in my case I chose the Samsung Galaxy S3.
Under “Select Operator” choose your country from the drop down and select your network provider by the side.
Then click on the “Activate” button.
After that restart your device and visit the Google play store and download the BBM app on your device. You will notice that Google will list your app as any phone you choose on the MarketHelper, so you can download and install the BBM app on your unsupported device.
Official Download Link for the BBM app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbm
You can also use this method to install any app on any unsupported device. I hope you find this tutorial interesting.