SideSwype offers you the ability to sideload BAR and Android APK files on BlackBerry 10 over the air

By Bla1ze on 12 Aug 2013 05:57 pm EDT
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Old school BlackBerry fans will remember the days when you used to be able to download app install files over the air. Before BlackBerry World, it was the only way to install apps on the go unless you wanted to pull out a laptop and use BlackBerry Desktop Manager.

With the arrival of BlackBerry 10 though, that function was stripped from users and now, folks looking to install apps must either sideload or use BlackBerry World. That's not to say it can't be accomplished though and while we've seen one app already offer OTA installs of BAR files, another entrant has now arrived by way of an app called SideSwype.

  • What Is It? - SideSwype is a Native BlackBerry 10 application, which when coupled with our included VPN services, allows you to effortlessly install BlackBerry BAR files or Android APK files to your device without the need for a computer. This installing of applications or games outside of BlackBerry World is known as "sideloading" and until now tied you to your computer. Not any more.
  • How Does It Work? - When you install the SideSwype application, you're walked through setting up the VPN connection. It's simple! This is what allows SideSwype to work and install your applications or games Over The Air (OTA). SideSwype can be used over your mobile network or over WiFi.
  • Why Do I Need It? - With BlackBerry 10, BlackBerry has done away with the traditional Over The Air (OTA) installations we used to see. We want to fix that. You shouldn't be tied to a specific marketplace. We're great for developers too; gone are the days of your beta testers needing a PC to load that latest build! With SideSwype, anyone can sideload from anywhere without the need for a PC!

The app itself is free to download but in order to make use of it, you essentially have to purchase 'app install credits' which is a fine format for selling them in my opinion. The pricing for credits is as follows: 10 Install Credits: $0.99, 25 Install Credits: $2.99, 60 Install Credits: $4.99. If you're a heavy sideloader, it makes sense to just go all in and buy 60 install credits in one shot. Plus, you get two free install credits to try it all out.

Having been a part of the beta testing, I have to say I'm quite pleased with the app and overall, for what you get and the convenience of it all it's pretty impressive. Aside from a few beta bugs, everything went fine and I was installing BAR files and converting a few APK's as quite literally as I walked down the street. Of course, that's not to say it's perfect. You still have to have some knowledge of sideloading, as even the app itself does need to be sideloaded to install.

Personally, using this method of installing apps makes using the desktop seem totally useless to me and I'll likely never bother with that again but, I suppose it all comes down to how much sideloading you do. If you find yourself doing a lot of sideloading, then this is certainly an option that's worth investing in but if you only find yourself sideloading a few app here and there, it might not be worth it. If you're looking for more info, I suggest heading over the SideSwype site for all the details and the FAQ section.

Learn more about SideSwype and read their FAQ section

133 comments

Gatmyer

To Cool! Gona get this!

hazarder

Oh my....:)
Excellence

Posted via that z10!

thedustytaco

thats me :)

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stabstabdie

Converting apk's on the go?? How?

thedustytaco

download the apk to your BlackBerry, go to an apk converting site by uploading your apk, then download the bar file to your phone and use this application to sideload

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stabstabdie

Ya but what about all those apps that don't work that way?

citystars41

should just have a monthly fee

Asmooh

Paying for installing....

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irwindersra

Does this work with apps that require debug token?

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Sirhill

I would like to know this as well

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olaf_d

If you have both bars, yes. You can install the debug token using SideSwype then install any apps that rely on that token.

samvel2001

Correct me if I'm wrong, but on 10.2.0.1047 with runtime from 10.2.0.810 you don't even need to use a debug token option. I was able to install Viber shazam pandora without it.

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R Field

Depends on the app some need it some don't

DOCTOREVIL8

Unlimited fee would be nice.

But I am cheap, I'll stick with the free computer form. Nice idea for an app though.

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PD in T-DOT

dude $5 bucks

STL-3 Z10 | Rogers | 10.2.0.1047

jordandrews90

Yeah or free :/ I'm on the computer most of the day anyways.

tinyhack

If someone preferes unlimited install, barinstall.com offers similar service, but with monthly fee.

http://barinstall.com

And you don't need to sideload anything to get started with barinstall.com.

tmommy

Phwew, I'm sold!

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CDM76

"Having been a part of the best testing" pretty sure should read "beta testing" ?

I can definitely see how this app can benefit the hard core users, especially those who side load tons of Android apps !

WARNING : SIDESWYPE REQUIRES DEVICE PASSWORD !!!

olaf_d

This is how sideloading works. No matter which method or app you use, the device password is required.

CDM76

Maybe so, but I feel a LOT more comfortable NOT giving it to a 3rd party vendor.
Just thought I'd throw that warning out there for those who did not know.

LillyFox

Way agree with you

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bbontherise47

You know the steps to change your device password right? Its pretty easy to do so making this issue completely null and void.

Change it, sideload apps, change it back

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Trick_Deck

So how does the apk thing work? It converts them and then installs the bar? Do you need a token and if so how? Doesn't a converted app need to match the debug Token?

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olaf_d

Correct, the APK is converted then the BAR is installed. Also to note, once you install a BAR or convert an APK, they are available to push immediately without having to upload them again, so if you wipe your device, just reinstall SideSwype and reinstall your BARs without needing to find all of them again. Only the apps which require the debug token will need it and you would have to either install the token first or you can install the debug bar using SideSwype then the apps which require it after.

Rage Riley

Question how do you install this in the first place? Do you sideload it or what?

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slugger23

Can I directly download a leaked OS with this?

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olaf_d

No, a full OS cannot be installed using SideSwype.

SecondLight2

It's a shame that BB10 has come down to this. SMH

SteelGreek

Why? The more options the better...

Sent via Z10 on Verizon running .1047 thru CB10

iwasspartacus

Please help me understand how sideloading an Android app onto a BB10 OS is a relevant option?.

Other than y'know... the only method for tech-y BB10 users to have popular Android apps work marginally adequately on their device? And providing a fairly easy method for Android app developers to have 10s of thousands of BB10 users exposed to their app?.

Otherwise... I don't get it.

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Killjoyhere

It is cool. But I think I will still side load over my pc.. it's free.

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CDM76

And keeps your device pwd confidential ;)

olaf_d

If you read the FAQ, you'd see that device passwords are not stored or saved in any fashion.

SaraVibes

Thank you.... I wish folks would read the FAQ.....

That's why it's called that. I don't wanna dig through dumb/repeat questions and know-it-all answers.
Just read the FAQ

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Marc_Paradise

To be fair, just because it's in the FAQ doesn't make it true - if you're security-conscious it's not trustworthy on its own.

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bbontherise47

And passwords can be changed very, very easily. Any sideload needs a device password, for instance DDPB that everyone uses, 3rd party

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xsacha

Sideloads actually don't require passwords but oh well.

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marvini

Not downloading on my Z. The download link does not work

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olaf_d

You have to download from your computer and sideload it first.

Amy wineBerry

Seriously?!?!? Lol

This is hilarious.

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Jamez Avila

I'm buying it! I work at a defense contractor and have no access to personal laptop so I am stuck waiting to get home which is only twice a month so that I can sideload apps. This will take care of my needs. Thanksssss!

Posted via the CB app on my BlackBerry Z10!

bud jorgenson

It would be nice if you could do a video showing this application working. I would guess that most users who don't understand the technology side of the phone could use a video example of the application being used in the real world before they/I understand it's usefulness.

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Bla1ze

Considering most seem to have not even read the post and asked questions that are already  answered within said post, you might be correct lol.

JoBudden

Isn't this how it always is? Lol no one reads anything past the opening headline anymore!

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BruvvaPete

Bang on. Some people's kids, eh.

KermEd

There's an opening headline? I saw a picture and came right here.

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koool1

Want to try this I think.

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llawrence1969

How do we install this? I'm unable to install it OTA, directly from my Z10. Is it side loaded first?

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coffeedoctor43

I suggest you read the whole article first before asking any questions.

Yes, you have to sideload.

olaf_d

You have to sideload it first from a PC then you can use it to sideload OTA without your PC.

Jamez Avila

Sh*t, hold on....can I just download this app or do I need a computer to sideload it??

Posted via the CB app on my BlackBerry Z10!

olaf_d

You have to sideload it first from a PC.

jdubinc

This is what makes me dislike blackberry, Why would I pay for functionality that is offered for free on way more developed mobile Operating systems with a much better app selection! I love my z10 but if developers continue to do this BlackBerry won't last. There is no way I can convince any of my friends to switch from android knowing what the app experience is like.

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ErinnM

Agree. Sad.

Posted via Crackberry Z10

Gees97

Defiantly. Seems like everything requires cash. I'll simply use my PC. I guess it all depends on how much you plan on side loading

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RP Singh

You pay for the things you want to pay for, sport. Not all apps are for all users, and maybe this one isn't for you. It's great for those who want to 1) sideload those obscure apps only available on Android and 2) do so without having to connect their berry to another local machine.

I used to sideload a lot so I could see for myself what the big deal was with certain apps that git whined about a lot like Voxer, Instagram, Net Flicks, Viber, Magic Hack, and so on and in the end I don't even end up using any of them as they are of no value to me.

I like the ability to sideload as it gives me access to the other App Worlds in case something good shows up there someday.

Sent from my iPuh-lease-as-IF

syxx20603

Pay for installing apps... no thanks. I can wait to do it on a PC

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n8tiveg

Will it work on newer versions of bb10 as I think newer versions were having trouble installing via vpn on other programs or is this another way to do the vpn install than what has been done before

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olaf_d

This is working all the way up through and including the latest 10.2 leak.

lechatetsouris

How can i figure it out the vpn???

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olaf_d

Once you install the app, you are walked through setting it up, giving you all the settings needed.

lechatetsouris

but i dont know what information have to put on VPN

chuka101

The irony of sideloading an app that does away with sideloading

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BruvvaPete

I had a smirk when I saw that.

Jeandry Brito

I can't pay!!

Posted via CB10 app on my Z10 Stl100-1 on 10.2.0.1047

buckwylder

Great idea and reality, lol. Creative way for the developer to gets pizaid. I like it. Know what I'm sayin'? Werd.

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buckwylder

Me wants. Me gonna gets.

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CrackberryBrianS

Can't find Sideswype on BlackBerry World?

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kevets

So after reading the faq, I'm curious about where the apps come from. Are they going to be hosting the converted apps in a pseudo catalog? That would be a pretty compelling service that would indeed be worth paying for to some people. I am all for something that makes the side loading process an easier one.

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Stephen Cooper

So where are the apps coming from? Or should I ask do I need to get bar files myself, or has the developer created a library of bar files?

Posted via the Super BlackBerry Z10

brianasmith24

can get bar files at Good E-reader... you can even sideload their app which allows you to then but bar files directly on your phone to use with SideSwype
http://apps.goodereader.com/playbook/playbook-android-apps/?did=348

Another good one to get APK files for SideSwype to install directly is papktop.com

andrew1953

I'd love a Z30 so I could read the morning paper and play Flight Theory all day while listening to the cricket or football at the same time.

kndL

wrong post dude, this not contest

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iwasspartacus

Haha. B1aze will respond with: read the FAQ.

I want someone to ask whether he plans on doing that all day with the z30 plugged into an outlet. Maybe... half a day of battery life doing all that media consumption? Maybe?

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CrackberryBrianS

This fact that I got to side load it is funny. What is a good website for bar files, I'm looking for 365 scores. Can anyone help.

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Bs06TL

Mistake??

.99 for 10
2.99 for 25...

.99 X 3 = 2.97 for 30

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Cap_172R

Looks like it... on the link with the FAQ, it says $2.99 for 35 credits

BruvvaPete

PLEASE READ THE BLOG AND THE COMMENTS BEFORE ASKING QUESTIONS. There is also a link to some FAQs further down in the comments.

Sebasnado

I guess I'll continue to use my computer but will have the app on my phone just in case I want to load an app on the go...

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KermEd

Nice work :). More options is always better.

Posted via CB from my LE

UdegbunamChuks

Lol. Please I'm sticking with my desktop. It ain't such a hassle doing it from my PC

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tragik1

Ughhhhh... lol I dnt have a pc.. can't we jus have a BlackBerry world version of this app?? guess I still need a pc =(

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Jamez Avila

Dammit I'm SOL until later this week. Grrrr.

There must be a way to sideload using VPN if I paid up front. As a special occasion. What do u say Dev?

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olaf_d

Contact us at https://sideswype.me/contact directly and we may be able to accommodate you and anyone else who needs it pushed.

dpw09

Anyone concerned about the password issue. Its only used for the sideload process. Enable devmode. Edit password. Run/sideload. When done. Disable devmode and edit password back. Takes an additional 5secs before and 5secs after.

whitezee10

I just need to install one time then I'm set. Ill just install at night when I'm home.

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derizzle

Its time someone came out with an app that simplifies side loading for dummies like me... defo downloading this app straight away...

Sent by Bbry Zed10

diegonei

So many good memories... lol http://www.botchthecrab.com/archive/autobot/1984/sideswipe.jpg

Anyway, this is one great app to have and a very interesting business model that is fair for both users and the developer! I hope this can fund more apps!

LillyFox

Darn it!.......just read the faq.......now I am forced to side load this app cuz awesome!

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Nate650

Has anyone gotten Yelp to work?

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Jaralle

So will this allow me to install any Android app that I come across (e.g. an app developed for a local business that is not likely to be a worldwide popular app) or just those worldwide popular apps that someone has put the apk file on a website for download?

Alfredofid

How about the warning on the download?

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pgp1964

Paying to sideload half working android apps on my new $600 BlackBerry. How sad does this have to get before we all bail. Way to go BlackBerry.

iwasspartacus

Chuckle. Yup.

Apparently it's a popular alternative amongst the devoted. Hellz many of then still use their PlayBooks to surf the web so it's all good!.

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jstarett

This seems to be too pricey...I would pay a one time fee for it but that's it. I like to install leaks and I normally install every leak that comes out, so I would pretty much be burning through the credits...now somebody who doesn't do a lot of leaks this might be good for.

hewmath

can you download this on 10.2? I searched it on bb world and "no results" came up.. is it out yet?

LillyFox

This needs to be side loaded it can't be found in BlackBerry App World , and yes it works fantastic on 10.2

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mgmft

Oh boy, how I miss just mailing an .ipk to myself or downloading it on the phoness browser and the device recognizes the .ipk and installs it on the go. Good old webOS. I'll just stick with sideloading via the awesome chrome plugin.

fbloise

Wondering if TinyHack will do something similar with his BarInstall.com service.

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tinyhack

Yes, I have updated barinstall to support latest OS.

jamal nasr

Why pay! I' m sideloading all via my laptop successfully :)

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geenaxion

I wish there would be free app like this.

Keepin' it fresh Z10

Bikram Kochar

Do I need to download this into my fone??? Cos its not opening...

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igotberryfever

i sideloaded Blackmart alhpa app store, amazon app store and goodereader app store. so i find any android app on the go and i am able to install it on the go. I am very impressed its like having a android device. I do hope they get the debug token to work they say they working on that and give a lifetime usage for a fee. Thanks guys now i have every app an android phone has at my finger tips. :)
oh fyi if anybody else does what i did, the app store app crashes once its done downloading the app this is ok your apk is in a folder marked android and thats where you point sideswype to get the apk. hit me up if you need help

lwaysluking

I wipe my device a lot. If I understood correctly, if I sideload a particular app once, you will cloud store it for me, and I wont have to re-pay to sideload my same apps once I update my OS yet again?

Nathan Bael

If 10 installs are a dollar, why would 25 installs be three dollars? You are actually better off to pay for 10 at a time rather than 25 at once.

RapsFan1981

How is this different then DDPB of a sideloading?

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frisco49ers

I just paid the 4.99 for 60, just didn't have that one extra drink at the bar.. LOL Why is everyone complaining about $5? It is 1 coffee at starbucks..... Anyway, I am getting a connection error, anyone else get this error?

DrEd14

How do you download this? I get it downloaded, unzip it, but then it won't extract or open? Any suggestions?

ranzabar

Native apps please. Side loaded Android apps are a crap shoot

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Courtenay Dawn

I downkoaded it and used my free credits and angry birds won't work saying it stopped unexpectedly and to force close and I downloaded Instagram and said my camera doesn't meet the requirements and wouldn't let me open it without getting the notification. I have no idea why nothing is working but I'm not purchasing credits unless this is fixed!!!!!

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John Gee

I am going to keep an eye on this one.

My ZeeTen strikes again! (Z10STL100-3/10.1.0.2354)

Ermaro

I tried to download it but i got a connection error, developer mode is on, message says "connection to IP xxxx.xxxx.xxxx. refused".

paul435smith

I've installed it okay but cannot connect. Getting ' Connection Error Timeout'

Am I doing something wrong?

Neeters

Can't wait to do this OTA!!! Woooohoo!

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jonp

Does this require developer mode access?
...my IT policy blocks it :(

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JacquesDeReims

I can't get the app to install via sideload. There is no error message, but the app icon is not on the phone when it's done. I would love to use it as a bar file converter at least because the online converter sites are crashing my PC.

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kzach9157

Where can I sideload SideSwype

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ya3goub

I spend a lot of time outside with no pcs and this app is very useful to have. I just tried it now and it works like a charm. Nothing better than to download directly to phone and install on the fly. Way to go devs. And their support is amazing. Just asked them a question through my lovely Z10 and in around a minute got the reply.

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alireza667

It keeps getting stuck on uploading, tried thrice.

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Simon Beddows

It doesn't work!!!! Wtf.... I've downloaded then won't let me open it....helpp

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Kah Carter

Rip off requiring " install credits "

Kah