Video: Facebook Home On The Nexus 7 + How To Install On Unsupported Devices

Do you want to try out Facebook Home, but have an unsupported device? Luckily, it isn’t too hard to get Facebook Home to work! Of course, you’ll need root, and this involves modifying system files. So do this at your own risk, as it could end up messing up your device. But it’s a fairly simple process, and all you have to do is follow instructions.

The video explains the basics and shows the results, but here are more detailed instructions for you if you’re planning to do it. Start without Facebook installed, and use your favorite root enabled file explorer!

  • Navigate to the root of your device, then to /system
  • Back up the file build.prop
  • Open build.prop in the text editor your file explorer comes with
  • Modify these lines:

ro.product.model
ro.product.brand
ro.product.name
ro.product.device
ro.product.manufacturer
ro.com.google.clientidbase

  • To this:

ro.product.model=GT-N7100
ro.product.brand=samsung
ro.product.name=t03gxx
ro.product.device=t03g
ro.product.manufacturer=samsung
ro.com.google.clientidbase=android-samsung

  • Reboot
  • Install the standard Facebook app from the Play Store
  • Log in, hit menu, go into Settings. If it says “Enable Facebook Home” at the bottom, it’s working so far
  • Install Facebook Home (from the Play Store if in the US, from the first post here if not)

You should be set! From here, you can change your build.prop back to what it was, so your device is properly recognized. You have working Facebook Home! And that’s what the Android community says when a company says no. We do it anyway. Tell us if it worked!

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