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XDA allows Facebook Home to run on most Android device without root

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XDA allows Facebook Home to run on most Android device without root
Facebook Home has been relegated to use only on certain devices in certain regions. It was quickly found that if you were in an unsupported region, you could simply sideload the app, and be fine, but the unsupported devices issue took a bit more work to overcome. It has taken developers at XDA a bit under a day to modify the APK, but now you can run Home on any device you'd like.

Best of all, this hack doesn't require that you have root access unless your device has Facebook baked-in. If not, all you have to do is download the modified APKs, remove Facebook and Facebook Messenger, then reinstall things in order. First, install the official Facebook app, then the modified Home APK and optionally Messenger. Enable Facebook Home in the Facebook app settings, reboot and you're ready to go. 

Word from the XDA forum is that the apps work on a ton of different devices, including the Nexus 7. 

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posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:09 3

1. TheMaxColonel (Posts: 48; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


Soon there will be Twitter home or Twitter phone.....fcuk this world

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:17 4

16. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2552; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


What do you care if there is a Twitter Home or a Twitter phone? You clearly aren't interested in it, so it doesn't affect you in the slightest.
Why are people so against having options?

There is no reason why anyone should be making a phone above 5"!
iOS should cease to exist!
Samsung should stop making phones out of cheap plastic!

Get over yourselves, people. The fact that a product exists doesn't mean you have to buy it. Buy whatever the hell you like, but understand that most products exist because there is a market for it. If you don't like it, don't buy it. Plain & simple. There are a ton of tech products that I think suck or would never buy, but I respect the fact that someone out there wants it or thinks it's great, so I say, let it be.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:19 1

2. AndroidGyan (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Post title is wrongly written, didn't you see, XDA has mentioned in Bold RED letters that "Uninstall original facebook, facebook messenger and facebook home apps. If facebook is pre-installed then you probably need root to remove it "

So you do need a root id you want to un-install preloaded Facebook apps which are almost there in every phone....

In any case root is needed.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:29 6

3. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


On what phone would you need root to uninstall Facebook?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 13:37 7

4. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


symbian maybe, hahahaha

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:37

11. AndroidGyan (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


@RapidCat - All these three phones are "Android" in case you don't know....

Symbian...Lol...Bad sense of humor :/

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:35

9. AndroidGyan (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Well Take Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia J....all these three phones have stock Facebook which can't be un-installed unless you get a root...

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 19:49

14. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


My One X is one of them. The only thing I can remove is the fb updates.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:34 7

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Yes, and that is noted in the article, but most phones don't come with Facebook baked-in, so the majority of users won't need root.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:36

10. AndroidGyan (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Well Take Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia J....all these three phones have stock Facebook which can't be un-installed unless you get a root...

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:44 1

12. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Well it still doesn't make an argument that this article is "wrongly written." That's just three phones, compared to many other phones that doesn't come w/ Facebook preinstalled. And why are you making this a big deal anyway?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:50

13. AndroidGyan (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


Not an issue for me :) It's just it still needs root in many cases....We are not arguing...people want to know which are those phones.."wrongly written" was used for post title not the article ;)

BTW these are not 3 phones, there are many other phones also....mostly from Xperia :P

posted on 15 Apr 2013, 07:08

18. jinxed (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)


Doesnt the title say 'MOST' ? and 'MOST' not equal to 'ALL', or is it in your dictionary?

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 19:54

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


My HTC One X is one of them. Came preinstalled and the only things that can be removed are any updates since installing the app.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:15

7. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Can't even think of a phone, other than the Facebook phone, that has Facebook pre-installed.

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 14:40 5

6. Tsoliades (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)


Facebook is Hitler and everyone should use Google +.
:I

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 15:17 5

8. HASHTAG (unregistered)


I use Google+, just wish a lot more people would do the same. :/

posted on 13 Apr 2013, 23:47

17. Shrihari (Posts: 79; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


You need root to uninstall facebook which are pre included in a phone or are present in system/app...and thanks to xda for making it available for all android devices even before facebook released it for other devices...

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