The first limitation to the excellent use of any Blackberry OS10 phones like the Blackberry Z10, Q10 and Q5 is apps. Seems fewer developers are interested in making Blackberry apps for these phones. Am not saying the Blackberry Z10, Q10 & Q5 are not great phones, but often times you can’t find the apps you needed so the only solution will be to sideload Android apps onto your Blackberry Z10, Q10 and Q5 phones.
In fact the ability to sideload Android apps onto Blackberry OS10 phones makes it a great phone to use. It will be like using Android and blackberry OSes on one phone since you can use both blackberry apps and Android apps on the same device. You should take advantage of this if you already owned these devices or looking to acquire one.
To Sideload an app to blackberry Z10, Q10 & Q5 is simply the process of installing converted Android apps (from .apk to .bar) on your Blackberry Z10, Q10 and Q5 devices. I already described this process in a blog post I published some while ago on this blog titled “Cannot install Whatsapp on Blackberry Z10?” .
How to sideload Android apps onto Blackberry Z10, Q10 & Q5
To sideload Android apps onto Blackberry Z10,Q10 & Q5 you will need the following programs;
- Java Runtime Environment
- DDPB installer or vnBB10 (which is more recent utility for sideloading Android apps onto BB10 and Playbook)
- .BAR apps you want to sideload – Link
For the sake of this tutorial I will use DDPB installer though vnBB10 works on almost same principle. So after downloading and installing the DDPB installer on your PC; go to your BB10 Settings by swiping down from the Home screen.
Select Security and Privacy > Development Mode and turn on Use Development Mode and enter a 4 digit password. Note this password and the Development IP Address because you will need them below.
Launch the DDPB installer program you just installed on your Pc and connect your Blackberry Z10, Q10 or Q5 to your computer via USB, enter the IP address and password you noted above and click the connect button to connect your Blackberry phone to your PC.
If the password and IP address are correct your BB10 will authenticate and connect to your PC. Click the “Add” button at the right top corner and locate the .bar app you want to sideload onto your BB10.Select the .bar app and click “Install”.
Note you can sideload popular Android apps like Skype, Badoo, Viber, Instagram, Google Chrome and even Android games like Temple Runs, Candy Crush Saga, Subway surfers, fruit ninja etc. Then you can turn off the Use Development Mode when you are done sideloading Android apps onto Blackberry Z10, Q10 & Q5.
After successfully following these steps you should have sideloaded the Android app to your BB10. DDPB should have notified you it was successfully installed, but check to see if the app now displays on your mobile.
Note you can’t install Android .apk files directly. You must convert them to a .BAR file.