I recently bought the Blackberry Z10 and it sucks that it has a limited number of applications (but it’s still a great phone. I love Blackberry!). Good thing is, there is a way to sideload android apps to BB 10. Hurrah!
I found this video tutorial from goodereader but his method of using a cable to connect phone to PC didn’t work for me. I keep getting an error message that my Z10 refused connection. I got pissed because I wasn’t able to find a solution to this problem even if I kept on Googling. So I had to do it on my own. I tried using WiFi and it worked! Here is a step by step procedure.
- Download .BAR files (these are the apps that you want to install on your Z10 but are not available in Blackberry App World). Good E Reader is a good source.
- Load this TOOL (DDPB) from Good E Reader and install it on your PC.
- Turn on your Z10’s WiFi and select a network. NOTE: I suggest that you use a secured WiFi connection and not a public one. The PC should also be connected to the same network.
Settings > Network Connections > Wi-Fi
- Get the IP Address of your Z10
Settings > About > Category Network
- Turn on your Z10’s Development Mode. Once you turn it on, it will ask for a password. Enter any password you like. Be sure to remember it because you’ll be needing it later. NOTE: Every time you turn on development mode, Device Password will automatically turn on (Settings > Security and Privacy > Device Password).
Settings > Security and Privacy > Development Mode
- Open the DDPB software in your PC.
- Enter the IPv4 address of your Z10 and the password you have set in Development Mode. NOTE: Scan button is useless!
- Click the Connect button.
- Once connected, you may Add the BAR files that you have downloaded. Just click Add button.
- Select the BAR files you added then click the Install button.
- A message box “Done.” will appear after installation.
Easy, right? Converting APK files (android app) to BAR files (blackberry app) is a different thing. I will post it once I try it :)