How To: Install Snapchat on a Nexus 7 or Any Other Android Tablet

Install Snapchat on a Nexus 7 or Any Other Android Tablet

How to Install Snapchat on a Nexus 7 or Any Other Android Tablet

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.

Step 1: Enable Unknown Sources

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.

Step 2: Download & Install Snapchat

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.

Step 3: Set Up & Use Snapchat

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.

16 Comments

The apk doesn't work on the Nexus 10. It allows you to log in but after that, the whole screen turns black. I tried reopening the app and reinstalling the app but it continues to not work.

doesn't work for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
tried it on two different tablets, but didn't work on any of them.

It kept saying it has ufortonly stopped what does that mean

About to download it on a galaxy tab 3 lets hope it workd

I added contacts to my new samsung galaxy tab 3. Then I downloaded the app and lets me send a snap chat if someone sends it to me first t but wont sync with my contacts so I can start the snap chat

It won't let me log on. It is telling me that my password is wrong and I know for sure that it is correct

it's working on my kindle, but the images are all warped until i take the picture and then it fixes them but it's really annoying, is there any way to fix this?

This worked perfectly for me, except that I can't make an account unless it's an updated version. Except it doesn't give me the option to update the app or tell me how to do it, it just says I need to update it. Is there a way to update the app that I'm missing?

I downloaded it but it says that I need to update the version to be able to make an account. Anyway to fix that or how to "update"? It is kind of a let down to do all that on my BRAND NEW tablet to get that message. HELP!

Hi Amanda, I've updated the link in the article to the latest version of Snapchat. Same link here.

OMGGG thank you this helped me sooo muchhhh

No observe ninguna diferencia, tengo una tablet e instale esta versión y se sigue se viendo los videos al revés AYUDA!

I had no problem installing Snapchat on my tablet, but it won't let me access the faces at all or I can't figure out how to do it.

Hi there. I downloaded snapchat but it says that I am "using a version of snapchat or operating system thats no longer supported" and that i would need to "upgrade to the newest version to use snapchat" but my tablet (Samsung galaxy tab E) is brand new so i don't know what's wrong

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