How to get Bitstrips on your BlackBerry 10 device

By Adam Zeis on 28 Oct 2013 11:32 am
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Bitstrips seems to be all the rage lately. If you haven't heard of it before, it's a Facebook-connected app that lets you turn yourself and your friends into cheeky cartoons that you can share with the world. There's no official BlackBerry 10 Bitstrips app for now, but you do have the option to sideload it if you want to get in on all of the comicy fun as well. 

For this one keep in mind that it is a bit moody and may cause you more hassle than it's worth, but regardless, you can install Bitstips on your BlackBerry 10 device if you're feeling left out.

  1. You'll need the unlocked runtime for this one (or possible the debug method) to get it working. You can find the info in the forums here. After you sideload the unlocked runtime be sure to reboot your device.
  2. Grab the Bitstrips APK here and sideload it to you device. 
  3. We've found that you'll need to have an active network connection to even get the app started, so that means an active SIM will need to be installed - not just Wi-Fi.
  4. Once you open the app, connect to Facebook using your login details. From here everything is self-explanatory. 

Again - this once is fairly buggy so you may have issues with crashes, dropped connections or long load times, but we've found that it does work enough to make a strip (to some extent at least) if you are determined enough to do it.

If you need more help or want to share your strips, hit up the CrackBerry forums for more.

How to sideload apps to your BlackBerry 10 device using Google Chrome

54 comments

davidmcromano

Guess the person who initially commented "first" deleted their post - oh well

Siya10

Now i want a Cappuccino

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Jim Wolfson

Another "prosumer" app.

iwasspartacus

Exactly. And an install method that understands how the Enterprise market functions. SMH.

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BBJoe2011

This works well on the Q10 until you get to the editing part and then the app extends the frame and you cant access some parts of the screen. Thats why i have an android tablet, no worries.

Revolver

Am I the only one that got tired of these by the 2nd time they saw one?

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00stryder

Nope right there with you, but they're the new trend these days.

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bacon_35

I'm with you. The Giraffe riddle post as well

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sconrad308

No, I'm tired of that them too. Another one "fad" these days are people wearing the horse mask.

HUNTZODIAC

I completely agree with you I got tired of seeing them after one person then your whole news feed fills up with them smh

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henney79

I'll pass.....

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Siya10

Not interested

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sgt_snacks-64

Question is: why would I want BitStrips on my phone?

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Unbiased Tech

The better question is why would a teenager or young adult using an android or ios device want that on their phone? Then the answer becomes apparent. Even though this is a fad, not having that app could be a deal breaker. Someone might be willing to switch if they know they won't miss out on their favorite apps.

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MC_A_DOT

I haven't found these funny........yet

stevobbm

Thanks, but, naaaaaaaaaa.

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bspence87

Let the kiddies on iPhone have this one!

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MC_A_DOT

Very adult-like comment there...

GABEISZOMBiE

What a douche... someone's just a little mad that our BBW sucks! lol everyone that owns a BlackBerry knows the truth.

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blackberryz10w

For kids only
Blackberry forever

kennyblack_sd

I have always tried to sideload on my Q5, but it doesn't just work. Does this mean that one cannot sideload on the Q5, cos I have never heard anyone mention that they sideload on the Q5. And the instructions on CB always say "how to sideload on your BlackBerry q10 and Z10" they never mention Q5 please help me out

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Joolone

Can't sideload. My Z10 won't play any android apps after 10.2 update!

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Sergeant_Im

do a fresh installation of your OS

reload software using bblink, then re-update via OTA

it will definitely fix sideload problems after 10.2. it did for me.

stevobbm

For kids and iphonys. (much of a muchness).

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LewLew23

Will try this, thanks Adam :)

Also, I wish all of the double standards would stop. And this community wonders why not many developers want to develop for BlackBerry. Apps are apps, for kids and adults alike.

Genghis2k3

Agreed.

Also, it's difficult to push that "tools, not toys" line when people go crazy over a new game in BBW. Minion Rush is a recent example.

Nate650

It's apps like this that may sway a smartphone shopper away from BlackBerry 10. May be sad, but we all know it's true.

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PostMortem

I could not understand how that made it to the top of Android and iPhone when I went looking for BBM.

Just doesn't make sense to me. Then I realized, if everyone thought like I do, it would be a boring place.

I'll pass.

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PostMortem

Not saying that I wouldn't like to see this come to BlackBerry for those that would use it and for the sake of having as many apps as possible on BlackBerry.

Just saying it's not for me.

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shampisang

the link of apk given is actually the link for bitstrips bar, not apk. For those who wants the apk, you can download it at http://storage.evozi.com/apk-downloader/apk/13/10/19/com.bitstrips.bitst...

najawah

the crackberry team has been dropping the ball alot lately.... Where you have "grab the apk here" its actually a .bar file. So for those o us with the locked runtime we cant convert it for our devices.... Oh well, off to google it is then.

emmuniz1

It's easy...

NATIVE or don't care at ALL!!

#BB10Believe #BlackBerryNation #BB10Army #BB10Freak #KeepMoving #TeamBlackberry #BBMCrossPlatform #BBM4All

I'm MongezaurioBerry

moyjoy

don't encourage these things.

mICRoMaTe

Unfortunately bitstrip has stopped

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Schmurf

Great, yet another self-indulgent app for people to whine about not getting. Talk about the "ME" generation.

nerdydaddyo

Works good on the 30th attempt.

I used my Z10 to create this CrackBerry madness!

Omahahaha

Thanks, Adam. Keep the tips coming!

jd914

another app that you need to hack to BB10 because of the lack of apps. What a disappointment BB10 is. SMH.

nwansukka

been using it for over a month and its more than buggy lol , the least workable sideload app i have

Bla1ze

The Android version barely works on my Android device, no way I'm loading it onto my BlackBerry 10 device lol

playbookdrew

I find it actually works better on my Z30 than on my Nexus 7!

ip.amps

Hah! How can anyone enjoy this ugly looking drawing?

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ARWestenberger

Boy I hate these Bitstrip things. Hopefully this will pass as quickly as words with friends did.

BlackBerry 10 United

Atmarix

Is this app even worth mentioning

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panco469

"You need a network connection to use this app. Please check your connection. " any idea why? It also happens to Skype, t-mobile app, and a few others sideloaded apps. Instagram and a few others are working ok

Z10STL100-3/10.2.0.1791

jason18

Anyone know how to go back to the other runtime?

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ErinnM

Been hiding these from my news feed.

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iiJoshOK

Please do for clash of clans

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