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Installing Snap on BlackBerry OS to Get Play Store Android Apps [Video Tutorial]

Hey guys, as you know, I’ve been playing around with my new BlackBerry Q10 and have been trying to install different Android apps on it. After some recommendations from our readers I decided to install Snap on my phone to access Google Play Store.

The installation procedure was a tad complicated, so after figuring it out I wanted to make a video tutorial for others who want to install Snap on their BlackBerry 10.2 phones.

You’re going to need the following first:

1. Google Chrome Browser: Download it here.

2. Google Chrome Extension for BB10 App Manager: Download it here.

3. Snap.bar file for installation: Download it here.

4. Data cable to connect your BlackBerry with your Computer.

5. Google account to access Play Store apps.

You can watch how it’s done in the video below, but if you’re one for reading, the instructions are also given here.

After downloading and installing Google Chrome Browser you need to install the extension (BB10/Playbook App Manager) and it will show up as a BB icon on your browser.

Now you need to go to Settings>Security and Privacy>Development Mode and turn it on. If you’ve set a phone password, you will be prompted to renter it. Once it’s done, there is an IP Address below it, which is usually set to 169.254.0.1 (note it down).

Once this is done, you need to connect your BlackBerry phone with your computer using a data cable. If you’ve installed BlackBerry link it will open up automatically once your phone is connected. You can leave it running if you want, but we won’t be using it.

Go to Chrome browser now and open a new tab before clicking on the BB icon (from the extension we installed earlier). This will open up a new page with a white text box which says: “Device Hostnames/IPs” – enter the IP Address (you noted earlier) here and click on save.

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Now click on the same IP Address link at the bottom of the page and you’ll go to another page which lists all the apps installed on your BlackBerry phone. You can choose to uninstall them or install new ones by clicking on the Install Apps button on the top right corner.

Select the Snap.bar file you downloaded earlier (link at the top of this post) and you will see progress while it is being installed. Once done, you will see a success message.

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Now just unplug your phone, browse the apps and run Snap. You will now be required to enter your Google credentials to get access to Play Store apps, and that’s pretty much it. Enjoy downloading and installing Android apps directly onto your BlackBerry phone!

15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Tekware

    November 8, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    You don’t have to sideload with a cable if you don’t want to. WiFi works just as well. Just pop in your internal WiFi IP address for the phone and away you go. The best way is to have your router assign your phone’s WiFi a permanent address. Save that address in the BB10/PlayBook App Manager Chrome extension. If development mode is turned on, the phone doesn’t even have to be in the same room to sideload apps. Works the same for the PlayBook, except it is too old to run the Snap store.

    • Hunain Naseer

      November 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      I couldn’t get it to work with Wifi, did try earlier but the app list wasn’t loading. But cheers for sharing this method as well Tekware! And thank you for being so supportive!

      • Tekware

        November 9, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        In settings, under Storage & Access, do you have Access using WiFi turned on?
        I’m not sure if that is required for sideloading, but it’s on for me. It will allow you to see the BB10 drive as well as the SD card from a PC through WiFi. They will map typically as drives Z & Y.

        • Hunain Naseer

          November 9, 2014 at 1:00 AM

          Yes, I already used that. Was good for transferring files without installing BlackBerry Link, but it still didn’t work with the extension, might have been a router or Wifi issue though.

  2. Ed

    November 9, 2014 at 3:28 AM

    Part of the beauty of the Q10 is the keyboard. For example, instead of going to settings, security and privacy and then clicking on Development mode, you can just start typing “development mode” and it should come up. For me it comes up by the time i get to the o.

    • Hunain Naseer

      November 9, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      Thanks for that tip Ed, it really does work great. All the more reason to love my Q10! Cheers!

  3. John

    December 30, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Have you looked at the source code of this Snap program to make sure your confidential information aren’t being sent behind backdoors? Has any security agencies vetted this app?

    Just curious.

    • Hunain Naseer

      December 30, 2014 at 5:20 PM

      No John, sorry, didn’t look at the source code to find backdoors. I thought the government didn’t need backdoors anyways.

  4. Carl

    December 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    Worked great! Thank you for the detailed instructions and the video. When will you be writing more guides about BlackBerry?

  5. zeeshan khaliq

    January 21, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    not signing it at snap using the google id … plz help

    • Hunain Naseer

      January 21, 2015 at 7:44 PM

      It’s working fine here Zeeshan. Try again, perhaps you aren’t entering your password or username correctly?

  6. Huzaifa

    February 26, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Thank u dear thank u so much
    its working perfectly

    • Hunain Naseer

      February 26, 2015 at 10:43 PM

      You are welcome Huzaifa. Glad it worked for you! Have you received the 10.3.1 update?

  7. Gabriel Salinas

    June 2, 2015 at 3:10 AM

    Can I turn off development mode after successfully installing snap on my device? Thanks

    • Hunain Naseer

      June 2, 2015 at 9:19 AM

      Yes Gabriel, you can turn it off afterwards!

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