If you have found a new game you want to download or a fantastic streaming service, but when you download it to your phone, you find that the app is not compatible with your Android device because it is not supported in your country, it does not mean that you cannot get it. This guide will show you some methods that will allow you to download incompatible applications on your Android phone. They are two methods that allow you to run the apps and be able to use the games or streaming services of your choice using a VPN or by installing an APK file.
How to download incompatible applications on Android
First of all, we must highlight that the use of VPN and APK can solve the problem, but they cannot be the definitive answer to all the problems of incompatibility of the apps on Android. You will find that some apps are not compatible with your device even using these methods and you will not be able to do anything about it. You should also know that, by downloading apps in the APK format from alternative stores to Google's Play Store, it can prove unsafe, because they may come from unreliable sources. While, the use of a VPN may be contrary to the rules of your area. So, beware of these reported risks.
Use VPN to download unsupported apps
Those who use the internet probably already know the solution of the VPNs also used with websites in order to watch blocked video content in their own country. The use of a VPN manages to mask your position and fool the Play Store of the place where you are. In fact, this could prove effective in achieving the purpose of downloading applications that are not compatible with your country.
There are several VPN apps you can use, in this guide you will find our favorites. But another VPN that I prefer is called TunnelBear and below I show you how to use it to download apps blocked in your country.
How to use TunnelBear
The TunnelBear app is an excellent solution for this purpose, because it can also be used to bypass apps with territorial incompatibilities. Here's how to use it on your Android smartphone.
- Launch the app and create an account.
- You will see the switch to activate TunnelBear and a world map. Just click on a tunnel anywhere in the world and wait for the bear to show up in the chosen place.
- If you receive a connection request, accept it.
- Once the bear has logged in to the new VPN location, you can go to download the app you were looking for.
Let's assume you wanted to download Hulu to Germany, where you can't install this app. I can simply tell TunnelBear that I am in the United States and that I would like to download Hulu. You may still not be able to find apps by doing a direct search in the Play Store, but doing a search for the name of the app and the "Play Store" in Chrome should bring up the app link. Now you can click on that link, download and install the app.
Keep in mind that it may be necessary to keep the VPN running to access content in apps with territorial restrictions and that not all apps will work outside their respective regions. If the app still says it's not available in your country, clear the Play Store cache in Settings> Apps> Google Play Store and try again.
Download APK files to install incompatible applications
Install an incompatible application on your Android smartphone, with this very simple method, but it only works with free titles.
All you need to do is download the app in APK format via APK Downloader and copy the app URL from the Google Play Store. The trick is to retrieve the URL by selecting the Share button on the Play Store and opening Gmail. To summarise:
- Go to Play Store and find the app you want to download but you can't because it is incompatible with your device.
- Copy the app's URL address from the browser's address bar.
- Press the blue button to generate the download link and save it on your computer by clicking on the green button.
- Upload the APK file to your Android phone / tablet by connecting the device to the computer and install it.
If you don't know the steps to be able to use an APK file on your Android device, I suggest you read the complete guide on how to install an APK file to find out how to prepare your phone to install APK. If the site APK Downloader should not work, you can always try to download the APK file through the service APK Mirror.
That's all, but don't fool yourself, because not all apps will work properly on your Android device. It is possible that oddities occur due to the difference in screen resolution or aspect ratio, or the app may not work at all. However, it is worth a try. Try reading the guide below for more information on how to install incompatible apps.