Share this Story

How to: Install All Carrier-Blocked Apps from the Android Market

One of our readers discovered yesterday that through a loophole in the Android Market and browser, you could install Google Wallet. After the community got a hold of this method, they quickly realized that this not only works for Wallet, but just about any app that a carrier has blocked from your phone. As you can see in the screenshot above, I was able to download and install both Google’s Car Home app and Wireless Tether.

There is a good chance that this will be patched before too long, so for now, feel free to load up just about any app that you would like. For the most part, this will get you into just about any tethering app you want, but there are bound to be other hidden options. In the comments, feel free to drop as many that you can think of to help out the rest of the community. 


*Tip:  You may want to clear data and defaults on browser and Market before doing this.

1.  From your phone open the browser and head to http://market.android.com.
2.  Search for “Google Wallet.”

*If your browser prompts you to open the Market, don’t. Just stay in the browser.

3.  When the results come back, tap on the Google Wallet icon.
4.  Tap the “Install” button from within the browser and then sign into your Google account.

*Again, this is all from the browser, not the Market app.

5.  Once you have signed in, you should be redirected back to the Market page in the browser.
6.  Obviously, you will not have the option to install there since the VZW Nexus is not supported.
7.  Tap the back button until you are prompted for the Market or Browser again, this time choosing the Market.
8.  The Android Market should open to the Google Wallet page with an option to install.


YouTube Preview Image

Cheers Jigga_z and everyone else!

  • Guest

    does not work anymore since play store checks for device

  • Mischiefse7en

    Looks like google play put a stop to this, any new work arounds?

  • Sweet this is perfect.

  • QtDL

    Google Wallet will only work on phones with an NFC chip, i.e. Nexus S (Sprint) and Galaxy Nexus (AT&T, VZW, T-Mo). It won’t work on any other phones.

  • did not work  for my droid charge , installed google car successfully but no icon created anywhere,reinstall from my app manager folder and the open button is disabled. drat!

  • Tammyann123

    i have HTC incredible an i tried this,it worked i got google wallet on my cell but every time i tried to open,it just force closed and kept saying not suitable for my carrier.but the app did download to my cell.i just erased it cuz i couldnt use it.Thanks for the info,i love Reading DL..

    • Anonymous

      You cant use google wallet if your phone doesn’t have NFC

  • Richard Koeberlein

    broke on T-Mobile

  • Slmhofy

    How is it legal for carriers to even do this? Block market apps. And why does Google even allow it.

  • disasterman

    Seems that any of these work-arounds are useless if they are just going to hear about them, then block or remove them from your phone.  I had a tethering app on my Thunderbolt that worked great, and VZW took it off with an “update”. Is there an app that blocks the carrier from installing “updates” or removing your apps?

  • Yeah I want a list of games available on other platforms that are not on Verizon.

  • Anonymous

    Alteratively you can just install a custom ROM, right?

  • Lanehw

    Got to the final steps to successfully download this on my Droid X (stock, no root) and the market defaulted this “Your device isn’t compatible with this item”. ALL the directions to follow in this Droid-life article perfectly describe how to do this, but I think I’m SOL on my Dx   :o(

  • RW-1

    Nothing said that Car Home was blocked by the carrier…
    C’Mon K, google says it isnt compatible with the GNex, quite a different story than with wallet.

    Now if we can sideload and it runs fine (I take it the gnex has no magnet dock activation aka moto, correct?) Then i’m all for it!

    Anyone test car home on the gnex now?

    Lastly K, can you reach out to your google contacts and find out if they are planning on an ICS version of car home?

  • Much much easier to just grab the apk and dropbox it to your device then install directly. I found the apk over here: 

  • Jamessalamone

    this dose not work …at all PERIOD.    case in point : Play augmented reality games on your Taco Bell box
    Download, play the reality fighters dojo with your phones camera pointed at this picture, profit.      upon going to MARKET like the steps state I get a message across the top of my screen ( YOUR DEVICE ISN’T COMPATIBLE WITH THIS ITEM )  …. The point of blocking apps in the market has VERY LITTLE to do with carriers and lots to do with the fact they do not show you apps your phone can’t use

  • Blocked on Tmobile, gdammit what a pain in the ass
    “This item isn’t available by your carrier”

  • Umiwonder

    you have to log in and out for each app download.  I got Google Wallet and the tether for all root users but the tether app says “kernel not supported” so I guess I will root.

    Is there a time frame set for 4.0.3, but I guess not with “the CDMA versions not being supported”

    Also FYI “WIFI hotspot & USB tether PRO” works great for $10 on unrooted Gnex.

  • 2Ceedz

    Whats the best tethering app (wired?)  Just saw the clockwork mod one, no root needed…. is that a good one (as i use rom manager)

  • 2Ceedz

    Now… other then wireless teather and google wallet… what else is Big Red blocking us from getting?  😛

    • 2Ceedz

      ..and car home (not too worried w/that one tho)

  • Wcbarlow

    still works…5:03 ET  Oh, yeah!!

    • Wcbarlow

      strike that…

      • 2Ceedz

        strike what?  LOL

  • Can’t install Car Home or Google Wallet on a stock Droid X. 

    I think it’s time to Root!!! 

  • Kwickcuts

    just because you can install it does not mean that the apps will work i just did the spell around for Google Wallet and it id not supported on the Droid bionic. so yes i have it but out don’t work i truly wish i did not buy the bionic there is really nothing out there for it.

    • 2Ceedz

      Bionic doesnt have NFC