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How To Install Run Facebook Home On Unsupported Android Devices Share
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As announced at Facebook’s “New Home on Android” event, and a few days after its APK was leaked to the interwebs, Facebook Home was released to the Play Store today, but only in the US, and that too for a limited number of devices, namely HTC One X, One X+, One, Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S4. Where Facebook might be justified in localizing their product, we’re sure there are countless users pouting in disappointment at having such a major release kept out of reach, and that too without an ETA on support for other regions and devices.

Now, if you’re a resident of the US and happen to own one of these devices (two of which are yet to hit the shelves), you needn’t read on. If you own a supported device, but are in an unsupported region, you should only need to sideload the APK of the final release. If, however, you don’t fulfill any of these requirements, as should be the case with quite a majority of Android-toting Facebook users around the world, join us past the break for a step-by-step guide on making your device Facebook Home-compatible!

Facebook-Home-incompatible

The method is quite simple and I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of you have already tried it on your devices. Before we proceed, note that we’ve currently only tested this method on a couple of devices (Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II), but theoretically, it should work on any device that fulfills the OS version requirements of the app (Android 4.0 and above). To summarize it for veteran users who’d rather not go through the entire tutorial, the method requires a rooted device and involves the old build.prop device ID spoofing trick. To put it simply, it fools Facebook Home into thinking your device is a Galaxy S III, which is one of the devices it currently supports.

Before we begin, here’s a shot of Facebook Home running on a rooted Galaxy Nexus.

Facebook-Home-running-on-Galaxy-Nexus

Requirements

  1. A rooted device running Android 4.0 (ICS) or above.
  2. build.prop Editor from the Play Store (it’s free). Alternatively, you may use any file manager that supports root access and file editing, such as ES File Explorer.
  3. Facebook Home final release APK

Instructions

  1. First of all, create a Nandroid backup of your device, just to be safe. Don’t know how? Read our guide on how to perform and restore Nandroid backups.
  2. Transfer the Facebook Home APK you just downloaded to your device’s storage.
  3. Launch build.prop Editor, tap the Menu button in the top-right corner (or hit the Menu key on your device) and select ‘Backup’ from the drop-down that appears.
    Backup-build.prop
  4. Tap the following parameters one by one, and change their values to the ones provided below:
    ro.product.manufacturer: samsung
    ro.product.model: SPH-L710

    Select-build.prop-parameterEdit-build.prop-values
    Note that the app might not show the changes you made at this point, but that’s fine. Alternatively, you may launch ES File Explorer or any other root-level file manager, navigate to /system and open the file build.prop in a text editor. (If your file explorer doesn’t have one, you might as well use ES File Explorer as it’s free).

    This step will fool Facebook Home into thinking your device is a Galaxy S III, which is one of the aforementioned supported devices.

  5. Now, if you haven’t tried installing and running Facebook Home yet, you can skip this step. If you have done it and the app is still on your device, uninstall it.
  6. Reboot your device.
  7. After your device is done rebooting, install or update Facebook for Android if you haven’t already done so, and make sure you’re logged in to it.
  8. Launch any file manager, navigate to wherever you copied the Facebook Home APK and install it. Note that if you’re using ES File Explorer, disable its silent install option

That’s it! You should see a black screen for a short time while Facebook Home determines that you’re logged in to the Facebook app and fethces the required data, after which you should see the ‘Complete action using’ screen. Seelct ‘Home’ and enjoy your new Facebook-driven home and lock screen replacement. Here’s a shot of the launcher running on a rooted Samsung Galaxy S II.

Facebook-Home-running-on-Galaxy-S2

The app seems to be running fine currently. Though we haven’t tested each and every feature it offers yet, so it is possible that some of you might run into problems on certain devices.

If you find any discontinuities with the app after installation or get stuck somewhere in the procedure, feel free to drop a query in the comment section below. Happy Facebooking!

Read How To Install & Run Facebook Home On Unsupported Android Devices by Sameed Khan on AddictiveTips - Tech tips to make you smarter

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