Getting Facebook Home On Unsupported Android Devices [Quicktip]
After releasing its redesign of their new News Feed the Facebook team released a new Android launcher called Facebook Home. So far, Facebook Home is only supported on a few phones: HTC One X, One X+, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.
But if you really, really love Facebook and cannot wait for deployment of a wider spread, then have we got just the post for you.
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If you already have Facebook app and Facebook Messenger installed, make sure you have them uninstalled first.
Once downloaded, extract the .rar file. We recommend B1 Free Archiver (which is free). With that installed, open the app and look for your downloaded rar file. Tap FB_HOME.rar once and choose Extract here.
The extracted files should contain com.facebook.home.apk and com.facebook katana.apk.
First, look for com.facebook.home.apk. Tap on it and choose Install.
Click Next and install.
Repeat the same steps for com.facebook katana.apk and com.facebook.orca.apk.
After installing all 3 files, open up Facebook app and login to your account.
Once you reach the home page, you will see a button saying ‘Finish Setup’. Tap it to launch the Facebook Home launcher.
Choose Home and is up to you whether you want to set it as the default android launcher or not.
And there you have it. Facebook Home on your android.
Enabling and disabling facebook home
If you want to opt out of seeing Facebook Home all the time, go to your Facebook app home page and head to ‘Settings’.
Scroll to the bottom and you will see ‘Enable Facebook Home’. Untick it to disable and you’re done.
Author: Nels Dzyre
Nels Dzyre is a tech enthusiast from the age of dial-ups, an Android follower since we had Cupcake, and a gamer.