It’s always frustrating when you want to install an Android app on your device only to be told it is unsupported on your device. Google Play Store won’t allow you install an app that has been marked as unsupported on your device. This often happens with apps that have been marked as only compatible with certain devices, or country restricted or app that requires a certain version of Android OS.
In this article I want to share a simple trick that will let you install incompatible apps for unsupported devices using MarketEnabler. MarketEnabler is an application to fake a device’s make or location just to access and install incompatible apps from the Google Play Store. What this app does is to fool Google into thinking your device met the requirements to install such apps.
NOTE: This trick may not work for all apps or devices as the installed apps may not work properly after the installation, but I tried it and it worked for some apps, maybe you could find it more useful than I did in installing incompatible apps from Google play for unsupported devices.
Disclaimer: You are trying this at your own risk as I will not be held responsible for any damages to your device.
What you need to install incompatible apps for unsupported devices:
- Rooted Device with a Super User app installed on your device that will open a root shell. I have previously published how to root some Android devices on this blog.
- MarketEnabler (Click here to download MarketEnabler), MarketEnabler helps you to spoof another device without having to manually edit the build.prop file in your device.
Once you have the MarketEnabler installed on your Android device, launch the app and tap the Settings list tab, long-press any provider example [us] Verizon (Verizon) and select fake this provider now from the popup menu. Go back to the Actual tab and press the Save current settings button. Spoof your device with a popular high-end Android device like the Google Nexus 7 or Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 etc. so you can install apps that are compatible with such devices on your incompatible device. Restart your device and get ready for the most interesting part of this tutorial.
After spoofing your device, Google Play Store will recognize it as any phone you chose on the MarketEnabler app, and you can now be able to install any app since the phone supports almost all the apps on the Play Store.
You can also use VPN app to change your device’s location to be able to install country restricted apps like the Hulu app, Chrome beta and other apps that you can’t install from outside their native countries. MarketEnabler app allows you to spoof other carrier identifiers, making your device appear to be on a carrier in another country so you can be able to install country restricted apps on your incompatible device.
If you are getting any type of error, simply clear your Google Play Store app’s data, navigate to Settings > Apps and swipe left to get to the ALL tab. Find Google Play Store in the list of applications and tap the Clear data button, then press the Force stop button at the top.
Now you can visit Google Play Store and begin to install any app you wish to install as most if not all of them will now be compatible with your device. If you find this tutorial useful, leave a comment below and subscribe to my RSS feed.