Install Incompatible, UnSupported Apps from Android Market

Android Market automatically restricts incompatible, un-supported apps, games from being installed on android phone / tablet. This is justified seeing that there are so many different flavor of SoCs from various hardware manufacturers that beautifully run Android.

Games use hardware acceleration with efficient Native C/c++ code. This code is often optimized for the platform and hence incompatible with others. But often, developers don’t allow relatively less compatible phones to maintain higher quality apps, and hence better rating. However, you can skip this compatibility check by spoofing your phone to be Google Nexus S. Google, by default, allows all apps to run on it’s developer phone: Nexus S.

How to Install Incompatible, Unsupported Apps from Android Market

Pre-requisite: Your android phone must be Rooted.

Step 1. Clear Market Cache & Data. Settings > Applications > All > Market > Clear data.

Step 2. Install Prop Editor from here.
or scan:

Take backup of existing build.prop file.

Step 3. Open Prop Editor click on build.prop and look for following keys and enter values corresponding to them, manually:

ro.product.model=Nexus S
ro.product.manufacturer=samsung
ro.build.fingerprint=google/soju/crespo:2.3.4/GRJ22/121341:user/release-keys
ro.build.description=soju-user 2.3.4 GRJ22 121341 release-keys

The last one is not always required.

Step 4. When done, press menu > save. Reboot phone.

Step 5. Launch Market and search for the app, your phone should be detected as Nexus S and all apps will be visible.

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    Will this take some time to take effect? It’s not working for me.

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    • Goil

      works fine thanks…

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      works fine thanks…

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  • Chetan

    I tried the same. The Android Market recognizes My Nook Tablet as Samsung Nexus S but I’m unable to install apps like Angry Birds available for Nexus S. I am an Indian. I think Non US people need to do some more changes to the build.prop. Please Help.

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  • Drummer3282

    Install the Amazon Market on your Android Tablet (plenty of sites offer the apk). Login with your Amazon ID and download apps without regard to support. Many of the Android apps including MLB At Bat are available through Amazon. Amazon does not check whether or not the device is supported.  

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  • Nayrbtupaz

    it says illegal character property/value DAMN :(

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    • TheMaskedMarvel

      backup the build.prop file
      then connect the device to a PC or use a file manager tool to open the backed up build.prop file usually in sdcard/propeditor and edit it manually there, then goto propeditor and restore the backed up(now edited) file. Voila!!

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  • Drakefireball

    when i tried to open build.prop, it had failed to open

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  • http://www.wikiforu.com/ Gurjit Singh Khehra

    Hello Dear Tarandeep, I wanna ask you that is there ant way to do this on un-rooted phone?

    Thanks in advance.
    With Regards.

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  • avadhesh

    i have try to change these but it get to operation failed plz fix it

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  • seth

    when i did this my device would not boot up

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  • myphonestilldoesntwork

    fuck off u fucking cunt it didnt even fucking work u cunt

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