Back then when I was still rocking the blackberry tablet otherwise known as blackberry playbook running OS10, the only way to which we could install android apk apps on the blackberry 10 tablet was via sideloading.

Sideloading android apps to the blackberry 10 tablet at the time, needed to be done using a computer alongside a .bar version of the android app. Although i heard there was a simpler way using Google Chrome browser, i never bothered to try it out.

What that entails is, ordinarily, android apps usually ends with .apk as the file extension. But if we had to sideload android apps to the blackberry 10 playbook tablet, we needed to convert the file to .bar extension and then sideload using a PC.

Oh well, let’s not deliberate on that. That process is no longer valid.

We are actually talking of blackberry 10 phones like Q5, Q10, Z10 and Z30 devices. Installing android apps on these devices is as easy as ABC. Yes, You heard me right.

Installing Android APK Apps On BlackBerry 10 Easily

Although the sideloading process to installing android apps on blackberry 10 phones still works, why undergo the long and demanding process which obviously require a computer when there’s a much easier way?

Install android apk apps on blackberry 10 phones like z10, Q10 and Q5

Installing android apps on Blackberry 10 phones like Q5, Q10, Z10, Z30 is as easy as downloading an android apk app and installing it. Yes, it’s that simple.

Related: How To Take Screenshots On BlackBerry 10 Phones (Z10, Z30, Q5, Q10)

Just before you go ahead and try out what I just said, you needed to set your bb phone to be able to install apps from unknown sources.

Set Up Installation Of Apps From Unknown Sources

In-other to give permission to our blackberry 10 phone to be able to download apps (this case, android apps) from unknown sources, follow the steps below:

==> On your blackberry 10 phone, go to settings

==> Scroll down till you get to App Manager

==> Tap on it. Tap on Installing Apps. Make sure it’s turned ON so you can install apps from other sources other than the BlackBerry world which doesn’t seem to have most apps we need.

When done with that, try downloading an android app in apk format, install it and open. It worked fine, right?

Note This About Installing Android APK Apps On Blackberry 10 Devices

So far so good, I cannot ascertain whether or not all android apps works on blackberry 10. However, with the steps outlined above, I was able to install instragram, opera mini browsers, download manager on my blackberry 10 phone. Click on their respective hyperlink to learn how to.

Please be also aware that you cannot download apps from the android market otherwise known as Google play store but other sources sure works fine.

Update: You can also download Google Play Store on blackberry 10 phone. All you need do is download the APK app from an external source and install. It’s that simple.

In subsequent posts, I will be writing on how to download and install instragram android apk app on the blackberry 10 phone alongside other interesting tutorials.


  1. i downloaded the whatsapp apk but when I finished inputing my mobile number and press next it’s telling me there is no network connection but I have connection on
    my phone its a blackberry q5 pls help me

  2. Dear Niyi, on my Q5, the only two sub title u will see under App Manager is Device Monitor and Default Apps.
    please where on Q5 is Installing App? I CAN’T FIND IT!.
    Help pleasesssssssssssssss

  3. hello bro. I transferred a wordpress app from my android device, I installed the app on my BlackBerry Q5 and when I wanted to login, it was complaining about network.

  4. Hello sam, pls u dint reply to the question fron us that that do not have app manager on our Q5. Am guessing it is only present on the later models. What can we do? Thanks n I hope you will reply

    • Anonymous, Well, the Q5 i currently have at hand has App Manager among the options on the settings and if your blackberry phone is running on blackberry 10 OS, your device ought to have it too.

  5. I downloaded instagram on my BlackBerry Z10 and installed it but it won’t launch. Kept showing an error was encountered please un-install and re-install. I’ve done that several times but no success.

    Kindly help me out. Thanks so much

  6. Need Help with installing Instagram on BBQ10 I tried following you guidance and download from your link… But getting Errors…

  7. Still cnt find any android apps on mai bb10,nd it’s annoyin
    Try typin it on amazon also still same thing
    Cnt find whatsapp on amason to use d 2nd whatsapp,kindly assist bro.

  8. Sam i would like to I appreciate ur work here but I’m still yet to be able to download operamini still on my Q5 pls help with a link to do this.


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