Flappy Bird has been taken down officially today at 1 am (Philippine Time) from the Apple AppStore, as well as from the Google Play Store, following its Vietnamese developer Dong Nguyen’s meltdown of not being able to “take it anymore”. Users who already have downloaded the app should not worry, as they will forever have the game on their phones and tablets.
But for those who don’t have it on their handsets — at least those using Android devices — worry no more. There’s an easy workaround to install the sensational game on your Android device, even if it has been already pulled out from the Google Play Store without the need for rooting. Follow the instructions below.
First off, you’ll need to make sure that your Android device is configured to install apps downloaded from the internet. I’m using an old Google Nexus S running on Android JellyBean 4.1.2. Just head to Settings > Security > and tick the small check box beside Unknown Sources under Device Administration.
Next is fire up your phone’s browser, and download the Flappy Bird v1.3 APK file here.
Once the download has finished, click the file and a prompt will verify if you’d want to proceed with the installation. Click Install.
Wait for the installation to complete in a couple of seconds, hit done when your device tells you that the app has successfully been installed.
Navigate through your apps, and viola, you can now enjoy the simple and fun yet annoying Flappy Bird game.