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Facebook Home Now Available on Android for Select Devices

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After updating the standard Facebook and Messenger apps this morning to prepare for the arrival of Facebook Home, Facebook has released the final piece to the puzzle. That’s right, Facebook Home is now available for select devices. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2, HTC One, One X, or One X+, feel free to grab the app from Google Play for free.Β 

For those not familiar, Facebook Home is similar in a way to apps like Nova Launcher because it’s nothing more than a 3rd party launcher that can replace your current home experience. But it differs drastically when it comes to features and user experience in that Facebook is pushed to the front of your phone. Your app drawer is accessed differently, there are no widgets, your timeline is streamed as pages on your home screens, and navigation is something that may take some getting used to.

Additional support for devices not mentioned above is on the way, but no specific timeframe has been given.

*Note – At this time, it’s semi-live. We are only able to see it on our Nexus 4s. I can’t get it to show up on my HTC One or Galaxy S3, two devices that are supposed to be compatible. Give it a few minutes.

Update: Β It appears to be live for my Galaxy S3 and HTC One, as long as I click on the direct link. Searching, I still come up empty.

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  • yo

    I have S3 mini and isn’t compatible?? and a S1 Vibrant is compatible!!!! please I need and explication =S

  • Marta

    I can’t download in play google for HTC One X, say don’t supported!!!

  • I have downloaded my phone and I have installed. I see it as a good software. I would love to use them.

  • Epic fail you can’t make a phone call on a phone without going through several steps. This thing is a dog of an app. Facebook is paying reviewers because this sucks. I use facebook every day don’t hate them at all but I hate this app they released this on a Friday so the stock market would not react to all the hate this is going to get as it is junk.

  • flosserelli

    I predict facebook home will be a hit for people that:
    1. Can’t go 10 minutes without checking facebook
    2. Are too lazy or afraid to install a more customizable launcher like Apex or Nova
    3. Never change anything on their phone (shortcuts, widgets) after taking it out the box

    The rest of us will uninstall it within 5 minutes… or avoid it altogether like the plague.

  • Galaxy S2 rooted with AOKP Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and FB Home is not compatible. Any work around.

  • Harsh Karn

    Installed on my kindle fire. It looks better on larger screen. Surprisingly on Google Play kindle Fire shows as supported even with no build.prop change. After install though I need to change build.prop to enable.

  • soccerburn55

    On the play store it says its compatible with the OG Droid.

  • John Furster III

    Works fine on my Verizon Gnex. Chat Head is the only thing worthy out of it which you can just update your FB Messager app.

  • evltwn

    Just tried side loading the apk that Android Police posted. Won’t work on my Droid RAZR MAXX HD, BUT the new floating head feature in the messaging app works just fine.

  • jcorf

    Why no Galaxy Nexus compatibility? I mean, I don’t plan on using it, but I do want to try it out.

  • I like this as a Facebook app extension. Its kind of interesting but way to limited as a home screen. People who like simplicity and Facebook will love it. I do like the design though.

  • dannyWHITE

    Does this not work on a rooted Nexus 4?

  • JT

    chat heads also works as your normal sms/mms app as well. go into settings and enable it. works good so far for me. pretty cool

  • Zac St. Louis

    Compatible with my TF101 but not my GNex? That’s odd

  • If you want chat heads just get the messanger chat heads come with that so you don’t have to get facebook home for the best feat

  • Twofourturbo

    Since this is all nostalgic with Facebook trying to come back.. Can I sign in with my MySpace account?

  • Marc Cohen
  • This Facebook home is bombing. Just read the reviews in the play store. 80% are 1 star ratings

  • I wouldn’t mind this if it was just the lock screen… But I don’t like the lack of everything else once I want to do something on my phone. Nice live wallpaper though

    I do like the chatheads, that will be staying.

  • This Facebook home is bombing. Just read the reviews in the play store. 80% are 1 star ratings

  • Kyle Miller

    Works on my DNA with the sideload apk.

  • Adamania

    I’ll try it out. Why not? If nothing else, I’ll just uninstall it.

  • Chagrin

    Not working for my international Sgs3 – GT-I9300.

  • JazzoRenee

    I’m not downloading this. #theend

  • If you’re on a Nexus 4 device just edit your build.prop manufacturer to “samsung”, worked for me!

  • wm snyder

    dwn loaded on my note 2, strange i select another launcher and my lock screen was gone but fblauncher was in it’s place. had to go into fblauncher setting’s and turn off facebook launcher then lock screen came back so all is good untill i activate fblauncher again problem reoccurs just a fyi .

    • will bartlett

      you can set it up to not show home when the screen turns on. it brought me to the lockscreen after i did that.

  • troy studnicka

    It appears you have to be on a non rooted phone cause it say my phone isn’t compatible and I have an S3

  • Joseph Barrientos

    if i was more into facebook this app would be perfect, i like the app, but i just dont care for FB anymore.

  • chris

    Will it work with my note 2 which has a custom rom?

    • RichFromBX

      if you’ve gone to the point of running a custom rom it’s definitely not worth installing Home – you’ll lose all the goodness that comes with the rom and replace it with an underdeveloped product that may be good after another 3 or 4 updates

      • ian

        It didnt seem to work on mine rooted with pacman rom sghi317 says its not supported yet

  • RichFromBX

    agree with everyone that said they installed and then uninstalled 5min later – Home felt clunky and a pain in the ass to get to your other apps.

    However, I do enjoy Chat Heads (well, any head I can get for that matter)…

  • Curious… I feel like a noob, but how do you uninstall this? I installed it on my S3 but when I go into Manage Apps, the Uninstall button is greyed out? My phone is rooted and running AOKP.

  • tu3218

    installed it on my sgs3, 2 minutes later uninstalled. Maybe I didn’t give it enough time but my first impression: unbelievably stupid. Just launch the facebook app.

  • ItchyEyeball

    Installed Home on my Note 2, tried it for 5 min, missed Nova launcher, uninstalled Home

  • The. Great. Cornholio!

    Tried it on my Note II just to say I experienced it.
    Even for Facebook diehards it seems limited. IMO, I could get more done through the Facebook app. Facebook home just looks/feels like live wallpaper that I can interact with. You can make it so that you can see your notification bar which is good but overall it feels like a widget or wallpaper gone wild. It’s funny that it gives you options for how much data it uses (High Medium Low). In the end, I wouldn’t even call it a home for Facebook diehards. What they should have made was a screensaver that pulled in your updates or displayed your uploaded photos.

  • Mason Lammers

    Downloaded. Tried. Saw. Hated. Uninstalled.

    • How did you uninstall? If I go into manage apps, the Uninstall option is greyed out.

      • The. Great. Cornholio!

        Have you tried uninstalling while you’re in the Play Store?

        • Thanks – it works that way, just not through the Settings > Apps in Android.

      • Mason Lammers

        I seen you figured this out already but I was able to uninstall in the settings menu. Not sure why that would have been grayed out for you.

    • PhoenixPath

      It’s got a whopping 2 1/2 stars! Damn, lots of people out there treating this thing with kid-gloves apparently. I half expected all 1’s and a clamoring for the addition of negative scoring. πŸ˜›

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    • Yeah, I just checked it out. It’s totally awful. It was on my phone for all of 5 minutes, and that’s likely an exaggeration.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Yep, exactly. I tried it on a SGS3 and was impressed for about 2.5 seconds, and then I went on with my day.

      Guess it’s Nova Launcher Prime here to stay! And honestly, truth be told, that new Everything.Me home launcher offers WAY more than Facebook Home Launcher. Guess I just thought it would be the “Next Big Thing”, but apparently it isn’t. Damn. I was excited all week. Facebook Home did not live up to the hype. At all.

      I know everyone expected the new home launcher to majorly flop, but considering the amount of time I spend on blasted Facebook(at home, at work, at the movie theater, in the rest room, at the gas station, at the art show, at Comic-Con, at the zoo, you get the point), I was really expecting something “MORE” from Facebook Home. A new and different kind of home launcher experience. Of course Facebook Home would only appeal to those that actually use the social media site. Ah well. Nothing to lose but my hope and patience. And time spent getting all excited over nothing this past week.

      And with all of that said, maybe in a few months when they can work out all the kinks and make it “better”, I may give it another go. But until then, it’s all about Nova Launcher Prime!

  • jnt

    Nice, Chat Heads integrates with SMS… Hopefully Google can take a hint with Babel!

  • the way to do it is go into Facebook>Settings>Enable Home> Install through play store when prompted

    Edit: Works on my AT&T Note 2

  • Tyler Casilio

    Kellex, do that cricket thing you did yesterday for this

  • CaliToad

    If you love Myspace, you’re really going to love Myspace Mobile for Android. Download the free application to stay connected with your friends… anytime, anyplace!

  • Billzilla2005

    this is dumb, its just a live wallpaper with all your friends who annoy you most looking at you constantly

  • Shane Redman

    So much for DL and their crickets from yesterday…..

    • It’s still news for quite a few people. But we still needed to take our shot at it yesterday. πŸ˜›

      • Shane Redman

        Haha, i understand and respect it. Doesn’t mean I have to like it.

  • Boo. VZW Galaxy Nexus


    • I dont know why….but this actually makes me mad. not that i would use it for longer than a day…but seriously. “we want to get facebook home on to as many devices as we can” ….but we wont support all devices from the get go. seems logical Zuck

    • derek connolly

      what rom are you running? I like that status bar.

      • AOKP with alloy blue theme.

  • Drew Chapman

    I think this was facebooks idea to keep its users from saying goodbye and not using the app or visiting the site as often.

  • Just showed in the online play store for me. Galaxy Note 2.

  • In a word “hideous”. Facebook overload.

  • Travis Roy

    I got the apk, but on the Galaxy Nexus it says my device is not supported..

  • rosssimpson

    the apk πŸ™‚ http://cl.ly/1C1P0I193W2L works in the UK

    • rosssimpson

      It only works on supported devices though

    • highly doubt the official facebook home is only 256kb…..

      • gbenj

        On the play store listing its only 258kb…its just a launcher.

      • rosssimpson

        It’s the actually APK trust me πŸ™‚

  • Tried facebook home for approx. 30 seconds, hated it, uninstalled. Success! As a side note, the new messenger with chat heads is phenomenal

  • Donnie M.

    When installed, says not compatible with my note 2. I’m rommed running pacman ROM.

  • It works on Gnote 2

  • justin

    Now works on note 2!

  • Hunter Stephenson

    The best way to get it to work is to open the link in your browser of choice and use the play store website. Couldn’t use the play store using a note 2

  • Doesnt work with my note II yet

  • Shane Redman

    KILL IT WITH FI…..no…..FB deserves worse. Kill it with water *evil laugh*

  • ChristianJohnson

    Surprising, a week ago nobody on here wanted to touch the app…now we are all asking for the file. (including myself)

  • jerflash

    Wow thats amazing…the link says i can down load it for me OG Droid that i still play with every once in a while…guess i will give it a try lol

  • Says it is compatible with my Nook Tablet. Interesting.

    • as well as my wife’s Kindle Fire and son’s Nabi 2 – but my GNex, no go. o_O

    • Jacob

      My TF101 is compatible but not my gnex. O_O

  • Jacob Svonavec

    Gay, doesnt even support nexus 7…wtf

    • will bartlett
      • JoshGroff

        I love that movie+meme. Have an upvote good sir.

    • if you read ANYTHING about FB home, you would have seen that it is not available to tablets yet. and stop using that word that way….i have gay friends/family. it is offensive to me and them.

      • UndergroundWire

        If I can like your comment more than once, I would have.

        • JoshGroff

          I will like both of your comments, that way it’s kind of like liking his twice.

          • UndergroundWire

            LOL Ponzi scheme of likes.

          • JoshGroff

            Heck yeah!

          • haha….thanks for the support guys

          • JoshGroff

            No problem.

    • Tablet support is coming but not today.

  • Thomas Moneyhon

    Need the apk

  • Play Link is working for GSIII!

  • link works now.

  • Thomas

    Ok Kellen, you promised on last nights DL Show this would be your last Facebook related post. Please comply πŸ™‚

    • Fattie McDoogles

      lol well played

    • John

      $$$$$ vs keeping a promise on a podcast. He chose…wisely .

      • Thomas

        Site traffic is wayyyy down when there are alot of Facebook articles, what else you got Sherlock πŸ˜‰

        • John

          Elementary my dear Watson. He could either not get any clicks for no article posted -or- some clicks for 1 post.

        • PhoenixPath

          “Site traffic is wayyyy down when there are alot of Facebook articles”

          I’d love to see your statistics on that. Where might you be presenting them?

          • Thomas

            Watch the Droid Life Show my friend, Kellen said it himself.

          • PhoenixPath

            Ah. I would but….nah.

            There’s just too much other stuff to watch… πŸ˜‰

          • Thomas

            I too have a porn addiction

          • PhoenixPath


            Not quite what I meant, but funny as hell. Kudos.

        • Daniel Maginnis

          Seems to be a lot of comments on this thread. even if you don’t count the flamers

      • michael arazan

        Kellen, please keep taking FaceBook’s money, just don’t write about them

    • Adam Neighbors

      Well, that wasn’t the case at all. lol

  • Derek Lockovich

    The app isn’t on Play Store at the moment apparently. I just checked the Play Store, and it only gave me Facebook, Messenger and Pages.

  • T

    Link does not work, can’t find it anywhere in the play store, boo you suck facebook

  • Likewise and a search finds nothing.

  • He puts way to much emphasis on knowing what your friends are doing. Just the way he stresses the point of facebook home, makes me uncomfortable.

  • EvanTheGamer

    So when we’ll the Facebook Home .APK file be available to ALL devices(or most devices, like my Galaxy Nexus?)?

    • silver_arrow

      Give it a few minutes

      • EvanTheGamer

        Okay, I will. But will ONLY just give it a few minutes.

        • silver_arrow

          Well i know with the new playstore I saw it was being released when i went into class and when my class ended i checked and downloaded it sop maybe more then a few minutes like an hour or two at the max

  • Broken Play Link

  • will bartlett

    im a moron.

    • KleenDroid

      You have a lot of friends

      • Austin Warren

        I have 90 friends on facebook, 12 are pending, but I have 90 friends.

        • Due Date, good movie.

          • Austin Warren


  • Will

    No DNA? What is this madness

    • Will

      on second thought, i don’t think i would use it anyways.

    • I know right, it should be on the list its verizon’s best HTC phone!

      • DNA is Not Good Bro