How to Install Incompatible Android Apps from Google Play Store

There has always been a craze for downloading the most top rated Apps on Android phones. Many of these apps are absolute free and easily available on Google Play Store. Due to such big benefit many users have turned to the Android world. Playing with those HD games is of much fun, but every good thing has its black side. Android too have them.

Android developers have needlessly restricted many apps and games to run on certain devices. However, they may run just fine on unsupported devices. Some apps are even in-compatible with the countries or lowest versions of Android.

Many low-end devices support lower screen resolution and hence users have trouble in installing the high resolution apps and games. While installing such apps a message ‘This app is not compatible with your device’ appears which ruins the entire mood.

Incompatible app msg

The main reason behind this is the hardware configurations which are in plenty. This makes the developers difficult to decide the upcoming apps compatibility.

In case your device is in-compatible with a certain app, then that app will not at all appear in the search results of Google Play Store on your device. You can see that app on the Google Play website.

For overcoming this problem there are two methods:

  1. Editing build.prop file.
  2. Using Market Helper App.

(Important!) For both these methods, it is highly recommended that your device has a Root access.

Let’s see these methods in detail.

Method 1: Editing build.prop file

  • Your Device must be rooted.
  • ES File Explorer or Root Manager must be installed.

Every Android device contains this build.prop file located in the system directory of their device. This file contains a few strings which are bits of text that helps to identify the device you’re using.

Just by editing this file you can make your device to appear as another device thus spoofing the Android market in recognizing the device you’re actually using.

Note: Carefully follow this article and edit only those parts of the build.prop file that are mentioned. Editing of any other part can cause serious problems to your device.

  • Firstly launch the ES File Explorer app and enable the mount file system option from the settings. Now navigate to the root directory.

Edit build.prop screenshot

Further follow the steps given:

Step 1: Go to /system/ directory on your device and locate the build.prop file.

Edit build.prop screenshot2

Step 2: Long press on this file and select copy. Paste it in some folder of your SD card for safety.

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Step 3: Again long press build.prop file–>select Open as–>select text–>then select the ES note editor application.

Edit build.prop screenshot4

Step 4: Look for the ro.product.model and ro.product.manufacturer.

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Step 5: Edit these lines to pretend your device is of other model. For example, to imitate to Nexus S, edit the lines as:

ro.product.model=Nexus S


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Step 6: Click menu button and select Save.

Step 7: Finally, navigate to Settings–>Applications–>Manage Applications–>All category–>select Google Play–>Clear data and cache.

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Step 8: Restart your device.

Now you can download any app from Google Play Store that claim is in-compatible with your device.

Method 2: Using Market Helper App

Market Helper is another solution for downloading the in-compatible apps. This app does not consider the specific hardware configurations of your device. It gives the best results without even touching the build.prop file or any other from your system directory thus it’s much safer.

With this app you can spoof your current device as another one along with the region/carrier. All this can only happen if your device is rooted. This is most important as the app requires Superuser permissions for launching.

Market helper app

After launching the app, you’ll see various option for selecting device, carrier and account that you want to change to. Choose them and click on Activate.

The app will ask for Superuser permission. Click on Allow to grand the permission and continue.

market helper superuser

The app will take few minutes to activate the new profile that you want. Now you can head on to Google Play Store and enjoy the app that were in-compatible earlier.


In case you want to switch back to normal mode, Select Restore from app and click Activate. If it doesn’t work, then just reboot the device with WiFi/3G enabled.

Note that this app is against the laws of Google and hence not available on Play store. Use it at your own risk. Neither we nor the developers are responsible if you get into trouble via this app.

If you’re newer to Android, then I recommend you to follow the method II as method I is basically for advanced users who are more familiar with this stuff.

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Abhijeet Bharekar

Residing in Pune (India), Abhijeet is a Tech lover and enthusiast about all-things Android. He is a hardcore PC Gamer and likes to play Football as well. Follow him on Google+.
  • SpunkyPlier

    I do the two methods and its nit working ….. ?????

  • Problems

    Ok…I have a big problem…When i press ‘Activate’,there appears a proble. ‘Root permission is not granted” …I don’t know how to fix this problem….Help … :-O

  • paras

    how can we root grand duos??

  • paras

    wh3n I search build prop in es explorer it comes and I can opwn it is this meaans that my phone is rooted?? in 2nd step we have to change all the things or not

    • Abhijeet Bharekar

      If you can edit and save build.prop file then Yes, your device is rooted. In second method the App itself does everything..

  • Paras gupta

    where is the enable mount option in galaxy grand duos?

  • Paras gupta

    In metod 1 if we want to restore how can we?

    • Viraj Kshatriya

      What do you want to restore?

      • Paras gupta

        the previos model no. and all that

        • Paras gupta

          could you tell me where is the enable mount opton in grand??

        • Viraj Kshatriya

          It’s in the ES File Explorer. It’s not present in the system by default.

        • Viraj Kshatriya

          Simply by re-editing the file…

        • Paras gupta

          is it necessary that the device is rooted and also i dont understand what is rooting is upgrading software?? Please help me cuz i dont wnat any trouble with my phone..

        • Abhijeet Bharekar

          Yes, your device must be rooted.
          Rooting is not a software upgrade but basically a process through which you can attain full access over your system settings..

        • Paras gupta

          what is the role of rooting in the metod1&2 how can i know that the phone is rooted and also if my phone is not rooted i can access build prop file . is it necessary in 2nd etod that phone is rooted

        • Abhijeet Bharekar

          For both the methods mentioned, it is essential that your device has a root access..if your phone has ‘Superuser/SuperSU’ either of these two apps installed, it is rooted..
          If your phone is rooted THAN ONLY you can access the build.prop file..

  • Paras gupta

    does it work for galaxy grand gt-19082 4.2.2

    • Viraj Kshatriya


  • jay

    market helper isn’t helping.
    i still am not able to download apps

    • Abhijeet Bharekar

      Then go for Method 1 of editing the Build.prop file..

  • Sef

    where do you dowload market helper??

  • Vishal

    The build.prop method no longer works with latest Google Play store (v4.3.11). It still says “Your device isn’t compatible with this version of the app”.

    I tried spoofing my device to Note 10.1 and Note 8 but no luck!!

    • Abhijeet

      Then try out the Market Helper app…

      • Aravind Ramesh

        i tried market helper its showing a error checkin failed