If you were paying attention to the internet at all last week, undoubtedly you heard about the iOS and Android game Flappy Bird. The game became an overnight success, racking up over $50,000 a day. Sadly, the game’s developer pulled the game from both Apple and Google’s app stores, leaving addicted players around the world without their fix. While getting the game on an iOS device now is next to impossible, Android users can still enjoy the game by downloading and installing it manually.
Don’t have Flappy Bird installed on your device but want to try it out, or need to re-install? No problem! Just follow our guide below and you’ll be flapping in no time!
Basically, what we are going to do is download the game and install it on our Android device. Android apps and games carry the filename .APK, and can be installed without the help of the Google Play Store.
Step 1: Download the Flappy Bird .APK
Download the .APK from one of the links below. Put the file in a safe place on your PC, as we will be transferring it to your Android. Needless to say, the game is being downloaded like hotcakes so I’ve included a few links to the .APK just in case one of the links isn’t working.
Make sure your Android device is connected to your PC and transfer the .APK to your device’s internal memory or external SD storage.
Step 3: Android Settings
If you’ve manually installed apps or games on your Android device before, you can safely skip this step.
By default, the option to manually install apps on Android devices is disabled. In order to manually install apps, we need to enable the installation of unknown apps or .APKs on your device.
Android 2.3 (and below) – Go to Settings » Application » check ‘Unknown Sources’ box.
Android 4.0 (and above) - Go to Settings » Security and check ‘Unknown Sources’ box.
Step 4: Install Flappy Birds .APK
For this step you’ll need a file explorer app which will install the .APK. If you don’t have one yet, download File Manager here. There are a number of file manager apps for Android, and all do pretty much the same thing. Open up your file manager app and locate the Flappy Bird .APK.
Next, click on the file and the File Manager will ask you if you want to install the program. Click yes, and Flappy Birds will begin installation. Follow all on screen instructions.
That’s it! Flappy Birds is now installed on your Android device. Now get to Flappin!