Snapchat users upload a whopping 150 million pictures a day—which are deleted as just quick as they're sent. However, none of these images are coming from Android tablet users. If you try downloading Snapchat from Google Play on your Nexus 7 or other Android tablet, you'll get the "Your device isn't compatible with this version" message.
Even those with the new Nexus 7 tablets that have the front and rear cameras are out of luck. Unless you're a softModder.
We've run into this problem before with another popular messaging app, WhatsApp, and we found a way around that. Only, getting around Snapchat's tablet restrictions isn't as difficult as that solution—and you do not need to be rooted.
So, just follow along below to bypass Google Play's restrictions and get Snapchat installed on your Nexus 7, or any other Android tablet.
Many users may not know this, but you're not only limited to installing apps from the Google Play Store. Just because it's blocked from installing, doesn't mean you can't just manually install the app yourself. This is called sideloading in the world of softModding.
To do this, we'll need to first enable Unknown Sources. This just means we'll be allowing app installs from outside of Google Play on our tablets. Go to Settings -> Security -> Device Administration and check Unknown Sources.
Since the Google Play link won't work from us, we'll need to grab it elsewhere. So, go ahead and download the Snapchat (v4.1.07) APK file directly onto your tablet, and press Ok when the warning prompt comes up.
After it's downloaded, tap on the APK file in your Notification tray. Or, you can tap on it later from Downloads in your app drawer or from a file manager like OI File Manager.
Then just follow the on-screen prompts to install it.
Now that Snapchat is installed on your Nexus 7 or other Android tablet, either make a new account if you don't have one, or log-in with the one you already have. The front cam is also supported, so those with older Nexus 7s will still be able to Snapchat.
That's it! Now you can use Snapchat on tablets. Tell us if it worked for you below, and if you happen to run into any issues.
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