Sideload apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook without a PC using Localbar 2

BlackBerry PlayBook
By Adam Zeis on 27 Mar 2012 12:30 pm EDT

If your PC seems to be standing in the way of you sideloading apps to your BlackBerry PlayBook, Localbar 2 may be just what you're looking for. You may recall the original Localbar that popped up back in November. It worked like a champ, but RIM quickly found a fix and it was dead in the water. Localbar 2 brings back the same functionality -- letting you install BAR files directly to your PlayBook without the need of a Windows PC or Mac. Localbar 2 uses a proxy to get the job done, so it will take a bit of setup before you can get everything running smoothly. Just follow the instructions and you'll be able to get setup and be up and running in no time.

Sideloading from a computer isn't all that hard, but if you want to cut out the middle man, Localbar 2 may be the way to go. You can always get the job done from on your PC by following our simple guides for both Windows or Mac. After the initial setup, sideloading any BAR files to your PlayBook is a breeze. If you still want to go the Localbar 2 route, hit the link below for more information and to download.

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Sideload apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook without a PC using Localbar 2


the use of a proxy makes this way of sideloading not so local... so basically there's no way of sideloading apps to your PB withOUT an internet connection..

"so basically there's no way of sideloading apps to your PB withOUT an internet connection.."

Totally! like, who even uses the internet nowadays??...

Internet connection is not a problem, but still you have to set up proxy via your smartphone, so the app isn't that handy with such requirements. I still find it easier and quicker via PC. Too bad, was waiting long for the LocalBar comeback.

Hey, this is great! I was hoping localbar would be updated. Sure, you need a proxy, but I can use my BlackBerry 9900 for that. Kick butt! BAR install on the go, handy :)

Sounds cool, but can't get it to work using my 9700 as a proxy. Most likely user error, but I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

What do you do after you download the .zip folder? I have never understood what to do with the zipped files when I am trying to get a .bar file (sorry I am new to this whole world but trying to understand it). can somebody please help?

Works really well using Bold 9930 as a Proxy. Once it's all setup you kind of forget that the phone is involved in the process at all really.

Boldly sent from my 9930

I'm having issues using my 9800 as a proxy...and issues setting one up on the computer as well. Any ideas for why the 9800 may not be working?

Can't get it to work with my 9800 either. Seems to be a problem as there are several posts on the Localbar homesite regarding issues with the 9800.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Tried this with my 9900; worked ok with a 2MB app, but failed to install a 13MB game. It just gave up and excused itself half way through.

One nice thing about sideloading using DDPB is that all of hour bar files are stored on your PC, so if you have to wipe your PB, you don't need to remember which bars to go find on the Internet; you just click Install once from DDPB, and it's done.

Does this tool also store the bar file somewhere other than the PB, or would you need to restore a backup in order to get them back in the case of a wipe? And if they are stored on the PB, then whoa: what a waste of PB storage.

It didn't work for me either. Installed localbar proxy on BB phone and when i start it says it needs wifi.(so i enabled wifi as well). Side-loaded local bar to playbook and when installing apps (.bar) the installation doesn't progress from 0%

You still need a PC to initially install localbar to the Playbook, however. When is someone coming up with a way to do this via Linux?

hate to ask but will android phone with tethering and and wifi capabilities work as proxy ? can I download and install BlackBerry side files on an HTC Tmobile G2 ?

Either I'm missing something or my system can't do it because I can't update java.

Anyone in the D.C. Mayland area wanna make a few $ bucks and and install the sideloading process on my computer? Send me a message.

The blacker the berry the sweeter the use...