How to get Flappy Bird on your BlackBerry

You can easily get Flappy Bird on your BlackBerry Z10, Q10, Q5 or Z30! Here's how!

By Adam Zeis on 3 Feb 2014 12:12 pm EST

Like it or not — Flappy Bird is addicting as hell. It's a super simple game with crappy graphics, but once you get going you just can't seem to put it down. It's taking off like crazy on iOS, Android and even Windows Phone, and thanks to OS 10.2.1 and a few tricks you can have it up and running on your BlackBerry 10 device in not time at all. Just beware that it's extremely addicting — consider yourself warned!

Flappy Bird is a free download and is available now in Snap, so here's how to get it on your BlackBerry 10 device.


Step 1: Sideload Snap

  1. Download and install Google Chrome, if you don't have it already.
  2. Once Google Chrome is installed, open it up and install this extension for Google Chrome on your computer.
  3. Download the latest Snap .BAR file to your computer, place it somewhere you'll remember.
  4. Enable development mode on your BlackBerry. To do this, swipe down from the top of the screen, tap Settings, then, Security and Privacy Development Mode. Turn the switch to the ON position. Note the IP address it lists as well, it's most commonly set to but if different, make note of it. Also, it may ask you to create a password. If so, make one and do not forget it.
  5. Grab your micro USB cable and plug it into your device, then plug your device into your computer.
  6. Open Google Chrome and visit If your IP found in development was different, replace with the IP found there.
  7. If you get an SSL error page or it says this site's security certificate is not trusted, that's fine. It's not causing any harm. Just accept and proceed. If you get a different sort of error though, like "this page cannot be found" or "this webpage is not available", try reconnecting your device or try a different USB port.
  8. Also, you may need to go to the Google Chrome extension settings and enter the correct IP address there. Generally, it auto detects it but if not you'll need to add it manually. Additionally, if you're still unable to connect, make sure your anti-virus is disabled or the app is allowed to run. This often causes a lot of connection issues, especially for Windows users.
  9. Once you have the page loaded up, enter in your device password that you created to approve access. You will then see a list of what's already installed on your device.
  10. From there, you can go to the top right hand corner where it says 'Install Apps' and click on that. That will open a file explorer window for your computer, in which case you want to browse to wherever it is that you downloaded the Snap .BAR file and select it.
  11. Once selected, the Snap file will begin installing and you can view the progress in Chrome. When done, you will see 'result::success' indicating that all went well and the file sideloaded properly.
  12. You can now disconnect your device from your computer, open Snap, and log in with your Google credentials.

Note that this process is applicable for any app that you wish to sideload, not just Snap. If there is other BAR files you wish to install, it can be done the exact same way. 



Step 2: Download and install Flappy Bird on BlackBerry

From here on in, things are pretty easy. 

  1. Open Snap by tapping the icon. Swipe from right to left on your home screen to find it.
  2. Tap the Search button at the bottom, type "Flappy Bird" into the text field that pops up at the top, and tap the Search button in the bottom-right.
  3. Tap the Flappy Bird search result by GEARS Studios. 
  4. Tap the Download button in the top-right, then tap the Open Installer button that replaces it once the download is finished.
  5. The file will take a moment to process, then tap Install in the top-right. You will need to confirm permissions for the app to run, then the installation will complete.
  6. The Install button will change into an Open button once the installation is finished. Tap it to launch Flappy Bird! An icon will also be placed on your home screen for future access. 


That's it! You should now be able to play Flappy Birds until your battery dies or you throw your phone against the wall :) 


Related reading

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Reader comments

How to get Flappy Bird on your BlackBerry


This whole way of side loading using Google s Chrome browser, the extension and etc so didn't work. I just side loaded Snap via DDPD and it worked flawlessly.

Question: Instead of side loading, is it possible to remake Snap as an Android App and just give out an APK?

Posted via CB10

Installed it last night, game sucks but had to see what all the buzz was about with this game. It works good on the z10.

Posted Via CB10 on my STL100-3/

Agreed, stupid game. Installed and then deleted it by evening. Its a day or 2 game, no longevity.
Kiwi wonder is much more interesting and with cool graphics.

Must not be much in the way of useful things to post these days.

Out of gas CB?

CB10 via Verizon Z10.

Heck man, you didn't need to defend yourself or that of the site. The blogs say it all, some people are never happy.

Posted via CB10

Got it today as well when a friend told me about it...played it half the day...hate it more than anything....still can't stop playing...but I do have the highest score among my friends....47 so far

Posted via CB10

It's awesome 2 finally hav got 10.2.1. But sad part is I feel no1 is gona take BlackBerry serious any more cos v just keep downloading apk file n hav our way v don't really hav any apps of our own 2 claim " it's on BlackBerry 10 as well". It's just wat i feel I hope 2c GTA soon on th BlackBerry World v r seriously missing out on it as well as th new NFS titles. BlackBerry 10.2.2 rocks

Posted via CB10

They weren't taking us seriously before either, at least now we have access to the apps without having to wait for the developers to act.

Posted via CB10

Never played the game, but 8 seems low.. do they do their scoring differently?

I may have to try this

Posted via CB10

NO !!!! daughter made Mrs download this game "both got androids"

Had a go my highest score was 4 so willn't be on my Z10

Snap is far better than 1mobile. The latter drains your battery because it keeps running in the background and the notifications won't stfu. Toggling the settings accomplishes nothing.

Posted via CB10

The mobile world all seems to have gone "bird".

Agry, Flappy,....

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

Is this the so-called app Gap???? Flappy Bird? Really? With access to the Android markeplace now, I've come to realize that there's a lot of junk on iOS and Android, and the app gap is overstated. Yes, there are apps that are "necessary", but apps are not lacking the way we have been led to believe.

Yup and the countless fart and flashlight apps people seem to be lacking for no apparent reason.

Posted via CB10

Of course you're right somehow... but on the other hand, you "need" to have the possibility to download such apps if you don't want that people poke fun at your BlackBerry. It's much cooler when you can say "well, I downloaded xyz (e.g. FlappBird) and give it a try, but I don't care about it".
And, there are useful Android apps which hasn't arrived in BlackBerry World yet. Thanks to 10.2.1 I have now access to my Synology-NAS, to my squeezebox, to my vu+-receiver, inclusive streaming... and I like it :).

Ya it's a shit-show. There are good apps, just not available through Snap or Amazon by these methods.

Posted via CB10

I dislike having 1Mobile or all that because it seems too risky with all the pop ups etc. I just ask my brother (who has an Android phone) to email me the apk file as an email attachment. Download + install from there. Easy breezy.
I also save the apk file in my memory card in case I update my OS, I can easily just re-install it.

Found that using Aptoide is the easiest. Simply download the Aptoide apk installer on your phone and you can download any app including Flappy Bird!

Posted via CB10

Violates the terms and conditions
BlackBerry doesn't want an competing app store in their store (yet!) and also, it isn't really connecting to the Play Store with an official api

Posted via CB10

Use sachesi it installs more files correctly and you don't have to have devolopemental mode on

IROC-Z30 But Mostly She Rocks Me!

Why is Crackberry pushing Snap? The side load process is not for everyone. To really take advantage of 10.2.1 a regular user should be instructed to use 1mobile. Think about. It's already easy, why make it hard one again with the sideloading?

Juacas posting via CB10

not that addicting lol, deleted it after 2 minutes because it was stupid

Posted from my BlackBerry Z10 using the CrackBerry 10 App.

Played this for about 5 minutes on my daughters 5s got boring real fast. Kiwi wonder and jet pack joyride are way, way better and you don't have to do circus tricks to download them. Just my opinion.

Posted via CB10

I installed it yesterday and deleted it last night.

Driving that bird makes me feel like I'm driving an old Slant-6 Dodge Dart with 5 cylinders not firing...

All of my buddies are brainwashed from this game. Just like when Candy Crush came out ...

Posted via CB10

12 + 6 instruction steps, too wordy! Until we get Snap on BBW it's just too difficult for the masses. Snap is great and complements BBW need to get this mainstream.

On topic the game sucks, each to their own.

Posted via CB10

Can someone help me... when ever I try to log in on snap I always get "unable to sign I'm please check your email or password... even though everything is right, don't know

Posted via CB10

This game is so annoying, but yet I can't stop playing, my advice, stay away from it!

Posted via CB10

You can download flappybird much quicker by using the 1Mobile Market android Store. No side-loading necessary either.

Posted via CB10

Flappy bird is addictive torture. But I'm glad we now have the option of getting these apps, relevant or not.

Posted via CB10

Anyone else having an issue where the game crashes when you tap the High Score icon? Not a huge issue; just wondering if it's just me and my Z30 or a BlackBerry10 general issue.


Posted via CB10

installed perfectly, but when I download the game and click on "open installer" it just won't open, I even waited an hour, help, please

Okay, so some people said they used DDPD to install Snap. What is DDPD? How do I use it to install Snap? I have now tried 3 different computers to install Snap and still can't get it loaded. I get a 404 error (Not found). I have tried Chrome Extensions, but I absolutely HATE Chrome and am not very familiar with it. (I only use it when I absolutely have to for work.) Any help would be appreciated. I am actually trying to get the Paypal Here app. Thanks!

I can't even download chrome it just bounces back to the main screen saying "retry download"

Posted via CB10

I think all the guides to install Android apps is very cool, but shouldn't we still be encouraging Android developers to make native ports as well? A game like Flappy Birds would take no time to port to BB10 (like the upcoming Windows Phone version apparently).

If anyone's insterested, you can tweet the Flappy Birds developer at:


Obviously it doesn't work for flappy birds now, but when I try to install other stuff on snap it says 'Android installer not on device. Please ensure you are running a compatible version of BlackBerry 10.'.. I am using a BlackBerry Z10. Help?!