Here's how to fix the keyboard for Instagram on BlackBerry 10

By Bla1ze on 6 Aug 2013 01:38 am EDT
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Have Instagram sideloaded on your BlackBerry 10 device? If so, chances are you've noticed there is a bit of a keyboard bug with the app though that clearly hasn't stopped folks from using it. If you've held off loading it though because you can't appropriately comment, there's actually a fairly easy fix for it.

It does require some prior knowledge of sideloading apps but if you managed to get Instagram loaded already then that shouldn't much of an issue. Check out the video above for a quick run through of it or jump below to read through the written out guide of it all.

You'll need two files to get things going here. One being the Google Keyboard from the Google Play Store and the other being an Android launcher that allows access to the Android settings. I prefer to suggest Apex Launcher because I know it already works. Once you have those two files, convert them for sideloading onto your BlackBerry 10 device and install them.

  • Once installed, open up Apex Launcher and access the Google Settings.
  • Go to the language and input options and disable the BlackBerry keyboard.
  • Once the BlackBerry keyboard has been disabled, enable the Google keyboard and set preferences.
  • Exit out of all the apps and return back to Instagram, you should now find it's using the Google keyboard and typing will work as expected.

From here on out, when you access Instagram on your BlackBerry 10 device it will now use the Google keyboard instead of the BlackBerry one and you'll no longer have those key mapping issues. One side effect though is that most other Android apps will also adopt the Google keyboard. 

If you're not cool with that, then maybe this isn't the best solution for you but if you're not really using any Android apps aside from Instagram then the choice is pretty simple one to make. Additionally, once done you may want to uninstall Apex Launcher as it can interfere with how apps load but that's optional.

178 comments

ddlax22

Awesome fix. I've been wondering if it had somehow to do with the Google keyboard actually.

Thanks bla1ze

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ezapper2

Will have to delete it. Dan android apps are crazy battery killers

Z10_10.2.0.1047

blackstorm1911

Great Post, I've been needing this fix since the moment I've sideloaded instagram!

redsaph

Or alternatively, type a word, type your next word and then add spaces by using the selector by dragging it... works for me like that.

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Michelle Haag

Depends on your OS and Instagram version I think. It wasn't just not inserting spaces, it was not typing letters that were pressed, like Y was a comma, etc. :P

Sergeant_Im

Spaces is not just the issue, it's the commas, pullstop, certain letter/numbers etc

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Sargon123

When I try to add a space the letter " d " comes out

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Sabahruddin

Been waiting for this awhile ago, thanks!

marcosis

I just use copy and paste from a blank text message.

Anik91

How the hell did I not think of that. Thanks young man.

BlackBerry Z10, CB10.

ErinnM

Me too. Lol

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eatwelltravellight

Yup.. me too.. its not that deep.. I use blank memo, but it's the same thing

AlyAkaMadness

Okk thats awesome but why launcher u can use ghost commander to access android setting and change the keyboard to google keyboard.

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Bla1ze

As I said in the post and video, use whatever works for you.. I already use Apex for other things so it was there to use.

obaquerizo

Bla1ze have failure 500 with both bar files is the first time something like this happens

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TheDutch20

Drop in your debug through chrome extension. Works fine that way

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blakobecwa

Where is this option exactly in ghost commander?

Ruslan Botsyurko

On the Ghost Commander homescreen choose Applications (you have to click your way out of the file manager if you launched Ghost Manager for the first time). Than in a long list find an item called Settings, hold your finger on it, select Launch "Settings" and then go to Language & input settings ;)

SK122387

Wow. This is a definition of "Where There's a Will, There's a Way."

I love 10.2 so far, but Instagram just won't work for me like it always did on 10.1.

I've tried the 10.2 Android Runtime, putting on Instagram v4.0.2, then the old one (3.4 or whatever it is), then deleting and reinstalling 4.0.2... nothing works. I don't even use Instagram often, but now I'm just trying to get it because it bothers me that I'm unable to!

marcosis

Install the first working IG, open it, sign in, let it tell you that it a not working. Then install the 4.2 version and it should work. It did for me. I tried the installing and deleting but that didn't work.

LeroyP09

Just gave up my self for the same reason. Only use once a month maybe. But I can't have it and it bothers me. Hahah

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SK122387

I finally got mine working! I used the Chrome Extension for the first time, and then went to the forums, under Z10, "Instagram and 10.2," and used the links that "ErinnM" posted on the first page. It works now. Go try it!

Michelle Haag

Are you converting it yourself, or using pre-converted .bars? I believe if you convert the apk yourself (as shown here: http://crackberry.com/how-run-almost-any-android-233-app-blackberry-10-mac-guide) and install you shouldn't have issues.

brout

I'm using the preconverted .bars. I never was able to properly convert and Android APK. Ughhh.

SK122387

I finally got it working, I was using pre-converted .bars.

Now I'm waiting for the second email from BlackBerry for the signing keys... so I can get the Google keyboard working for Instagram. You and Bla1ze are like the CrackBerry power couple haha

Steveml20

I managed to install it after playing back and forth between the 4.0.2 version and the old one having to eventually sign in through the Facebook forgot password method BUT for as long as I've had instagram (including on 10.1), I have not been able to upload pics...my app crashes every time I take a picture so as of right now I post using my ipod

gyubok

Finding a work around to get instagram working thing is getting little too crazy

Corky Notes and Lazy Lists for BlackBerry 10 developer

Bla1ze

Mine works fine.. v4.0.2.. uploads images.. All I care about. I don't leave comments anyway lol. Pretty easy if you all you want to do is upload images.

marcosis

I'm telling you guys, we should just bombard the instagram offices with blackberries(the fruit) so they can get the ball rolling.

mjdimer

Great idea :) that's like the peanuts campaign for that show I can't remember, which gave it an extra season.

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ip.amps

no need to install another app for that... type a word. then press hold space bar of the keyboard. type again. problem solved.

pilot-leo

I see you're running 10.2
How's Skype working for you?
And when running IG, does it freeze up on you when trying to record or upload a video?

Bla1ze

Dunno, don't use Skype. I hear it isn't working on 10.2 though. And yes, video uploads don't work on 10.2. That's been known.

dondreb

Instagram video works perfectly for me using the latest 10.2 leak and the debug token method.

avatsaev

he's taking about video uploads, not vieweing videos

dondreb

I'm talking about video uploads

avatsaev

yeah of course you can make videos on Instagram and upload them, good thing you're providing proofs...

sakiru oresanwo

How did you get video uploads to work on your z10 10.2?

avatsaev

he didn't, just a troll

sakiru oresanwo

gotcha...did you try switching to google keyboard and if so were you successful?

dondreb

Not trolling. Try it for yourself. Update to 10.2.0.1047. Install a debug token and then instagram. The cinema functions should work although it does occasionally crash on the actual video upload part. Another forum member has the full instagram working also.

sakiru oresanwo

How does one install a debug token?

Ruslan Botsyurko

Got a 1047 too, you can actually record a video in the new Instagram, but after I tried uploading Instagram crashed and then Z10 rebooted, so I guess I'm gonna get over this feature and keep it static :)

sakiru oresanwo

Google keeps crashing on my phone and now keeps asking complete action using apex launcher or QNXAppLauncher,any suggestions? Also,did the recording and uploading video function on IG ever work on BB10 10.1? I'm running 10.2 by the way

taylorblackberry

That happened to me. I selected on as my default launcher

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Ruslan Botsyurko

Once you install any kind of launcher, Android Runtime will always offer these options when you launch an app. That's why I don't use launchers on my Z10, this pop-up is extremely annoying. To fix this just uninstall the Apex launcher and reboot. You can get to the runtime settings via the Ghost Commander too and it's just an app, so it won't act like this ;)

taylorblackberry

Skype works flawlessly. I am running the 10.2 leak. Its feels so native

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iMeTubes1

No Skype issue for me!

Via CB using Z10-10.2.0.1047

nick903

Finally, can fix it, thanks, bla1ze

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dgzmn

Score!!! No more copy/paste! Lol

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dannyd86

Crap I got so much to do to my Z10. Update to 10.2, debugg token, update my Instagram before they block the old version then this to get the keyboard working.

Hopefully I get some time tomorrow to sit down at my PC

redsaph

Hmm, you could long press on the comment input field and a pop-up appears to change your input method. If you have the Google Keyboard sideloaded, I guess it'll appear there.

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LoGGo

Not working for me. Still have the keyboards issue...

By the way Skype is working fine in 10.2

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falisuhyar

Hey bla1ze thanks again for the tips man.. finally can fix the bug for this keyboard problem.. but one thing that I want to ask..

If I download this 2 apps, was it only for instagram that using google keyboard / everything? I mean for bbm, whatsapp, text messages, line, etc... those will also using google keyboard / still using blackberry keyboard?

Thanks again bla1ze!

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taylorblackberry

According to my understanding. After side loading those two, only android apps sideloaded that the change will affect.

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Ruslan Botsyurko

If you manage to get it working, then you'll be able to use Google keyboard in every Android app and it should pop-up as default, but you can still access the native BB keyboard by swiping up from a bottom bezel with two fingers.

UdegbunamChuks

Hmmm, thanks for the tip guys. It works ;)

dgzmn

I keep getting an error when side loading the apps... "-12" any ideas?

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omg1tzjustin

Same here when u sideload the 2 .bar files they load but I get a "failure -12" notice and the app on the phone doesn't open

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untitled80

I wish I could say I have a problem as well with the keyboard but I can't even load instagram on my phone. :(

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Ruslan Botsyurko

Hit the forums, there are numerous threads about getting Instagram on your BB10 smartphone. This requires patience, but you'll get it working eventually ;)

jayemmbee

I just use flick to type. As annoying as this is I'll stick with the BlackBerry keyboard because as soon as I read about this I knew it would effect all other Android apps.

CiaranUtting

Does this mean you can use Swype too?

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Ruslan Botsyurko

Looks like there is this possibility in keyboard settings, so probably yes. But can't confirm because mine crashes all the time, will try another APK later.

PrettiiBadOne419

Or Instagram can release an official app!?! ... hopeful wishing I see lol

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gquan14

Tried the app launcher and google keyboard method. Anyone else getting, "unfortunately google keyboard has stopped." message? Can't seem to get it activated for use.

arthropod88

I get this error as well... I deleted both apps and loaded them again... still not workingI do not recall what order i did them with though. I will try again later. Running out of time...

kevdasev

has to do with your android runtime, install android runtime 810

gquan14

And how do you do that?

obaquerizo

same error, can´t make the keyboard work

havugimana

I'm having the same problem. Did you get it sorted out by any chance.

taylorblackberry

Thanks Blaze it worked. Blackberry 10 is something else. With apex launcher I feel like I have two devices. And again 10.2 is just amazing, android apps works too well

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bendiep1991

I've just been composing a message in the hub and copy and pasting it into instagram! And it works for the Q10!

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TheDutch20

The keyboard from google??

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freedomx20a

or you could type in BBM and just copy and paste it...like i do. works everytime.

KporalBoyQ10

i just have the blackberry keybord not the google keybord , why ?

taylorblackberry

Check to see if you sideloaded the google keyboard??

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st. hill

hey blaze i load both of those apps and now i get can not connect to camera do you know what might of went wrong

rexrim

hey blaze i got error : failure -12 for both .bar sideload.. running os 10.1 =/

IAmSeun

I have the new OS update .4184, Instagram not working any more. Any help?

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Maret

Is there a way to get Instagram working on my BB Q10 too? The buttons don't show so I can neither comment nor post properly. I would be very happy. Love the idea of throwing fruit by the way :-).

spoonman9696

When i made a post regarding the same keyboard issues someone told me to sideload instarepost. It's an instagram client. It works great. If you're going to go through the copy any paste method, you might as well just go through another app

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AlvinZorDi

what about for the Q10?

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jic999

Why in heavens Instagram is not on BB10 is just beyond me, feels like Russia Pre-Cold War, an absolute joke ! So when somebody says to me " are you on Instagram " I respond: " Whats that " then I show him my bank account !! Lol !!!

Husam Lutfi

also getting the -12 error when sideloading. Why is that?
and in the video, there is the back bottom at the bottom of instagram. How to get that?

glennster28

getting the -12 error when sideloading as well.

glennster28

using the debug token method to convert.

FastLane228

Thanks

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gdabaez

can someone post the .bar files please

onlyoneromeo

Does this workaround only work on 10.2?

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LROBLES46

I use Instago for commenting tho

jic999

how is Instago , does it work well ? does it give you access to instagram

Sergeant_Im

Everything works in Instago except for uploading photos or creating a new account because the developer does not have access to Instagram APIs.

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nick903

Doesn't work on my Q >_<"

oneinfiniteloop

Instead of the user having to go through all this can BB10 support this capability, to switch between Blackberry and Google/Android Keyboard, in the Android Player directly? Probably something for BB10 folks to work on before they launch A10. This might also be generalized to allow user to select any Keyboard of their choice (for either bb10 native or android app) from the App Store (or through a .bar file).

moriba73

Can someone post either the bar or ask files? Can't find them anywhere. Thanks

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coldfir3

Dope. Been looking for a fix for a while. Thanks! It works

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preciousjoy17

It doesn't work on mine. :( its says "Unfortunately, Google Keyboard stooped working" :(

JhonHartQnx

So please excuse my ignorance, this post means that Instagram will continue to work after the announcement from Instagram API update?? Never had a problem with it on my Zed10 but was ready to delete it...

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jsille

Oh... the Instagram for BB10 story....!

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Sergeant_Im

I recommend Instago if you guys want to comment on Instagram. It's a native app for BB10 for viewing Instagram. It's only crippled in the sense that you will not be able to upload photos (or videos for that matter), but everything else works. You could view photos and videos, posting comments, follow accounts, view popular page, search users or keywords, etc.

No uploading because developer does not have the access to the APIs.

Instagram for uploads, Instago for just viewing.

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nerdydaddyo

Thanks, Bla1ze. Hopefully this works for Minecraft PE 0.7.0 alpha, too.

BryantCarpio

Another reason why BlackBerry is awesome. You would not be able to do this on iOS without jailbreaking it.

PrettiiBadOne419

they also dont have to deal with this.. cause everything is made for iOS....

Ruslan Botsyurko

Yeah, exactly. I'm not a fan of iOS or something, but don't forget that they have an official regularly updated Instagram app built natively for iOS and don't have to deal with such problems.

doggy10

I just flick the words up and a space comes automatically.

BlackBerry for life. Kick'n it with my Z10.

jonifran

is it just me, or the apk file for the google keyboard is not working? i've tried severral times to sideload it, and it gives me error... any help please....

omega supreme

The "solution" i have if you don't feel like sideloading anything is simply open up your browser and sign into the instagram website. You won't have any keyboard problems that way...you can create a homescreen shortcut and it will look like an app if you want the extra convenience.

Ruslan Botsyurko

Well, that works fine for commenting, nice tip actually! But you can't post pictures via the website.

omega supreme

I can through the 3.4 app that i have which the keyboard works fine when writing on the picture you upload but not at all for commenting, in which case i would open the browser...and something i stumbled on by accident is that viewing through the browser lets you see the videos on instagram where the 3.4 app doesn't.

Sargon123

thanks you so much finally

PrettiiBadOne419

Can someone just post both these .bar files ???

SplatHead

Not that many care but this "bug" effects AIM as well..

PrettiiBadOne419

Hmmm ... so im getting an 2 different issues. At first when opening Instagram, it wanted me to select between APEXLauncher and QNX__Launcher ??? then when i try to sign back in to Instagram... an error pops up with the Google Keyboard not working or responding????

KonVic

Tried it 5-6 times. Once I brought up IG the keyboard would never come up. Any suggestions, what am I missing? Thanks....

rjkolo

Or...just swipe up on the words on the keyboard and that works fine too.

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vecharo

LOVE IT!!! thanks B!

ncf5501

when i sideloaded it.... it crash..... it wont open the program at all.... which os you use?

woodendummy

Same issue the apk file linked for both apex launcher, and Google keyboard don't work after side loading.

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Xopher

I'm wondering if this requires 10.2. On 10.1.0.2006/2025, the BlackBerry keyboard doesn't show up as a keyboard option, so there doesn't seem to be a way to disable it. Having keyboard options for Android apps would be a nice option.

Sergeant_Im

No luck for 10.1.

I have tried with Ghost Commander, as well as GO Launcher EX and EZ Launcher (Apex Launcher is not compatible with 10.1's Android 2.3.3 runtime), but none of them were able to save the Keyboard setting. The BB10 keyboard does not show up under the Android keyboard setting either.

I could install some compatible Android keyboards but can't get them working, so I suspect that the 10.1 Android runtime itself is the culprit.

falisuhyar

Hey guys.. yesterday I just downloaded 10.2.. it was flawless.. but the thing is now, when I download again my instagram and I tried to sign in, they said my instagram were out of date and I need to download the latest version of android instagram.

Is there anyone knows how to download the latest version? Couldn't find the latest version though..

Thanks anyway!
Z10 / STL100-1 / 10.2.0.1047

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livingstone2k6

Plz how do i install d instagram on my Z10

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Ruslan Botsyurko

This error occurs if you're using the 3.x version of Instagram, try searching the local forums, the v4.0.2 APK has been shared multiple times ;)

rchapti

Hi, Can someone post me a link for a pre converted google keyboard bar file.
Thanks

Na9wor

Actually, type your comment on BBm, then copy and past it there.

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Waheed Rehman

Instagram 4.0.2 not working on my q10 any link for working IG?? Please help

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Darbeezy

My instagram doesnt work can somebody help me? It needs a upgrade or something i cant log in :(

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rayzian

can someone please share the converted .bar files?

SplatHead

Now days most .bar's can not be shared because they use a dev token that is locked to your device pin. Once you get this setup (check the forums for detailed instructions, its EASY) you can go wild converting every apk you can find.

Johnny416

Any reason I can't open neither Apex Launcher or Google Keyboard after Sideloading it?

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rngeek

Thanks Blaze, you are awesome!!!!

Djlatino

You should provide credit to the member who found that fix.

douevenCB10?

minimificence

Not a good solution. This changes settings for Google keyboard for all ported applications. One of the problems this results in is that the input language switching doesn't work in ported apps anymore.

zs2655

Useful, thank you

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azooz44

How can you have Instagram first?!

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livingstone2k6

Hello. Am new here plz how do i install the instagram app on my Z10. Response needed

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E-FlowElLobo

The crackberry forum is your friend. Use it.

E-FlowElLobo

Is this for 10.2 only? Because I can't seem to find an apk for the google keyboard that supports anything under 4.0.

poiznberry

Does this method works on latest leak (10.2.0.1047) ?
Launched both Apex and Keyboard but Keyboard crashed when inside Instagram....

Ruslan Botsyurko

Crashed on my Z10 too, I have the same OS version.

Ruslan Botsyurko

Google Keyboard keeps crashing on my Z10 (OS 10.2.0.1470). But my debug token expired and I didn't create a new one yet, so maybe it's just because I sideloaded w/o the debug token. Does it work OK for the rest of you folks?

adamschuetze

Is there a way with Apex launcher to edit the default font size for the android player?

tiffanyd18

How do I get the updated bar file? The one I had is outdated and I cant sign in. Seems like all the bars I find my Z10 tells me my phone is not compatible. Is anyone using IG on their Z10?

yangtianshen8894

any working keyboard with .1047 runtime?
i always get "unfortunately google keyboard has stopped" :(

blake2k13

Does anyone knows how to install BannerPic pro on BB10 pls

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chris8189

What a ball ache this Instagram is proving to be on blackberry 10 phones! Jeez...

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dan18

Pls can some one help me how do you side load instigram on blackberry 10

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dan18

How do you side load the instigram app on blackberry 10 follow some steps buy haven't difficulties

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Adolfo Ricado

I think this is a great idea, but I am having problems sideloading the Apex app and the Keyboard app, they continue to fail and wont open. Any ideas?? or where did you download these apps from? Ive tried several websites

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Kimberly de Cuba

Do you have a solution for the Picture Uploading issue on 10.2 with a IG version of 4.0.1?

melissa magene

Hello I'm just wondering how I can install instagram on my z10??

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melissa magene

How do I update my z10??

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Nerrisa Ramoutar-Maraj

Hey, I am having a hard time sideloading apex and google keyboard. I am sideloading them through google chrome, anytime I hit install it says failure 12 after a few seconds! HELP I was so excited to get instagram, however I can't type anything that makes sense because of the BB keyboard.

obaquerizo

Try to write on other app like bbm then copy and paste, having issues with the keyboard og google no sideloading, try to se perhaps you have the apk files No the bar files there could be the error

SooNy

the apex launcher force closes when i open it !

SooNy

i cant use multiple languages ?? :(

JPSKILLZ

Personally I have the amazing "Corky Notes" BB10 app installed and I just take advantage of BB10's "Flow" & Keyboard by typing in it, copy and then paste it into the Instagram app (Because of the swiftness of BB10 it's damn near just as fast). Funny thing, has anyone noticed that typing seems to be fine when uploading a picture?

ram4life

I'm having the EXACT same problem. I use corky notes to copy and paste stuff :D
But I don't have any luck when uploading pictures though.
At first I was thinking this was caused because I had the swift keyboard installed and I updated to the latest leak. But I can't get the bar for that so I can't reinstall to see if that helps

JPSKILLZ

I use one of the first Bar files that was released. The last 2 updates have not worked for me. Which one are you using?

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ram4life

Not sure what you mean....
I'm on 10.2.0.1761.. for the runtime, I'm not sure of the version but its the one from the 10.2.1.xx leak that just came out. And I installed both bar files.

ram4life

can someone upload the apex and keyboard bar files? i cant get the debug token registered so im unable to convert apks..
thanks!

vanlenhen

my google keyboard is not opening. idk why... its saying that google keyboard has stopped :/

thatplaybookguy

thanks you so much Bla1ze!!!!!

MounaBm15

Hey, I installed both apex launcher and Ghost Commander, changed it to Google Keyboard but when I get on instagram to type in a comment, there is no keyboard whatsoever, all I get is the comment box, help!

rocker_man1

bah didn't work on my Z30. Why would that be the case?

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