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

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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16 Comments

1. TheMaxColonel

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

16. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

2. AndroidGyan

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 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.

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

On what phone would you need root to uninstall Facebook?

4. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

symbian maybe, hahahaha

11. AndroidGyan

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 2013

@RapidCat - All these three phones are "Android" in case you don't know.... Symbian...Lol...Bad sense of humor :/

9. AndroidGyan

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 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...

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

10. AndroidGyan

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 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...

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?

13. AndroidGyan

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 22, 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

18. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

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

7. HASHTAG unregistered

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

6. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 2012

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

8. HASHTAG unregistered

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

17. Shrihari

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 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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