How to Install Carrier-Blocked Apps Such as Wireless Tether, Google Wallet and Car Home

February 4, 2012
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From time to time, Google complies with carrier demands that, unfortunately; censor applications that would circumvent certain restrictions that are being imposed by the carriers – even if such restrictions have already been made on some of Google’s own apps, like the Google Wallet application.

But sometimes, a few smart developers are able to find other ways to install these apps from the market (you can do it anyway if you’re rooted). It might not last too long, so use it while you still can.

Apparently, someone did it again and found a loophole for downloading any type of carrier-blocked applications from the Android Market– such as Wireless Tether, Google Wallet and Car Home.

Here’s how you do it:

*Tip:  You may want to clear data and default 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.

Also a video on how to do it:

Comments

  • Paulistain

    It works perfectly. I’m in France, SFR network, on Nexus S 4.0.2. Thanks

  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Took a couple tries, but I got it to work finally.

  • http://profiles.google.com/charliegallie Charlie Gallie

    I tried this on the new Google Play and it wouldn’t allow me to download Google Wallet.

    When will these companies learn that in the long run you make more money by delivering the best possible customer service. When will they learn that doing what is best for the customer and not what is best for the company in the short term will pay off in the long run.

    In the case of Verizon no one, given a choice, would do banking transactions with Verizon. They are not interested in this business. They aren’t even interested in financing their own phones. How can they see themselves in the electronic cash business? Why won’t they get out of the way?