Installing apps on a gabb phone Z2?

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Nikο

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Obviously, yes, the gabb phone is meant for little kids and such for their first phone. However, it definitely is running android, and probably could be tampered with. If you're wondering what I really need, I mostly talk to people using discord.



Here's what I've tried so far. There is no way (from the file manager) to install .apk files. All it does is tell me that there's no app to open the file with. I have also tried to head over to the bootloader, by holding down the power button and volume down button. I'm fine with no social media, but there is wifi on it, so I was assuming if I could find a way to just get an apk on there, then it would work fine. Also, with the new update, you can see more folders of the phone instead of the standard, PTP thing.
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I can't enable developer settings or anything like that. Looks like they've done a good job locking it down.



If anyone has ANY idea at all of how to install apps of any kind on this, please reply.
 
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Caden.exe

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YOO NIKKO IDK HOW I FOUND U BUT I DID LMAO. I WAS GOOGLING HOW TO INSTALL LIKE APPS ON THAT PHONE JUST IN CASE I GET IT FOR MY FIRST PHONE AND THIS POPPED UP LMAOOOOO
 

Iqlessmemes

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Well if you are reading this, look up how to watch youtube on gabb phone tutorial to learn how to transfer files. If you download an apk on computer, go to computer, press show in folder after downloading apk, copy the file, plug in the charging cord to the gabb and a pc usb, and press this pc in your files, gabb phone, downloads, and paste it. If you go into my files on your gabb, you can go to it but there is no package installer, and if you could download a software or something similar to a package installer, than you could download any app.
 

Iqlessmemes

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Obviously, yes, the gabb phone is meant for little kids and such for their first phone. However, it definitely is running android, and probably could be tampered with. If you're wondering what I really need, I mostly talk to people using discord.



Here's what I've tried so far. There is no way (from the file manager) to install .apk files. All it does is tell me that there's no app to open the file with. I have also tried to head over to the bootloader, by holding down the power button and volume down button. I'm fine with no social media, but there is wifi on it, so I was assuming if I could find a way to just get an apk on there, then it would work fine. Also, with the new update, you can see more folders of the phone instead of the standard, PTP thing.View attachment 5158557I can't enable developer settings or anything like that. Looks like they've done a good job locking it down.



If anyone has ANY idea at all of how to install apps of any kind on this, please reply.
Maybe if you could run an emulator or jailbreak the gabb phone. Maybe if you could transfer a apk installer file from your computer. Maybe through downloading some app or game on an sd card on a different phone and then putting the sd card in the gabb phone. Maybe you could download android software and transfer it to the phone. If you could run an android emulator that would be the best option.
 

sarssosx

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Maybe if you could run an emulator or jailbreak the gabb phone. Maybe if you could transfer a apk installer file from your computer. Maybe through downloading some app or game on an sd card on a different phone and then putting the sd card in the gabb phone. Maybe you could download android software and transfer it to the phone. If you could run an android emulator that would be the best option.
how do you do that?
 

bookreader164

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So, I have figured out how to access recovery mode. But you are not able to access the bootloader from there, although you can update from an sd card or adb debugging if u know-how.
 

bookreader164

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You may be right, because The use of naming a file NOMEDIA is to keep the device from scanning that particular folder. Apps sometimes hide ads in that folder so they don't get deleted. So gabb may be hiding crucial files in that folder, although you will need an external app to manage NOMEDIA utilities. such as studiokuma.
 

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I have noticed that when you hard reset your gabb phone it will show make you agree to the terms of service. if you click read terms of service it will take you to a the ZTE page, but upon closer inspection it is in a web browser, where you can acces youtube, instagram, etc.. BUTTTT you cannot login to your google play account because the keyboard is disabled.
 

herosilas12

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Just wondering if anyone has made progress on this? I have tried almost everything at this point

Tried unlocking bootloader from fastboot (I get `Unlock failed` errors on the device side. Something about it be not allowed?)

Right now my goal is to get USB debugging enabled and go from there
I have basically tapped every setting at least 100 times and still no debug mode
 

bartd990

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You all are going to laugh at me but I contacted Gabb claiming my son (me) has figured out how to download apps onto the Gabb phone and the assistant lady was all supprised and was like can you send me a picture and so I was like my son is not letting me. Anyways she said she was going to escalate it with her supervisor so like that I know how to do it. Once I know how you all will be the second peoples to know!
 

bartd990

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You all are going to laugh at me but I contacted Gabb claiming my son (me) has figured out how to download apps onto the Gabb phone and the assistant lady was all supprised and was like can you send me a picture and so I was like my son is not letting me. Anyways she said she was going to escalate it with her supervisor so like that I know how to do it. Once I know how you all will be the second peoples to know!
Can someone create a phone edited image of it so I can get an answer?
 

kilijan853

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So, I have figured out how to access recovery mode. But you are not able to access the bootloader from there, although you can update from an sd card or adb debugging if u know-how.
I am currently stuck around this part as well. I was able to reboot into recovery mode by holding the power and volume up button till the screen starts up. I attempted using adb debugging's install command (can be found here), but I ran into a "server client error", notifying me that the server client versions don't match up. I have no idea what that means. I will need to do some further research, but this is what I have so far to contribute to our "noble" cause.

P.S. I forgot to take screenshots of the errors (my bad), but I'll do some research on adb then try again and share the errors (hopefully no errors).
 
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herosilas12

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I am currently stuck around this part as well. I was able to reboot into recovery mode by holding the power and volume up button till the screen starts up. I attempted using adb debugging's install command (can be found here), but I ran into a "server client error", notifying me that the server client versions don't match up. I have no idea what that means. I will need to do some further research, but this is what I have so far to contribute to our "noble" cause.

P.S. I forgot to take screenshots of the errors (my bad), but I'll do some research on adb then try again and share the errors (hopefully no errors).
Did you get it into proper ADB mode or just ADB sideload mode?
I have a stock FW image that I could maybe patch to have USB debugging enabled
Only issue is I can't flash it because the bootloader is locked
 
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Just wondering if anyone has made progress on this? I have tried almost everything at this point

Tried unlocking bootloader from fastboot (I get `Unlock failed` errors on the device side. Something about it be not allowed?)

Right now my goal is to get USB debugging enabled and go from there
I have basically tapped every setting at least 100 times and still no debug mode
How did you get the "Unlock failed" error?

The only options are:

1. Reboot System Now
2. Enter Recovery
3. Reboot to bootloader
4. Power off
 

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    Obviously, yes, the gabb phone is meant for little kids and such for their first phone. However, it definitely is running android, and probably could be tampered with. If you're wondering what I really need, I mostly talk to people using discord.



    Here's what I've tried so far. There is no way (from the file manager) to install .apk files. All it does is tell me that there's no app to open the file with. I have also tried to head over to the bootloader, by holding down the power button and volume down button. I'm fine with no social media, but there is wifi on it, so I was assuming if I could find a way to just get an apk on there, then it would work fine. Also, with the new update, you can see more folders of the phone instead of the standard, PTP thing.
    Capture.PNG
    I can't enable developer settings or anything like that. Looks like they've done a good job locking it down.



    If anyone has ANY idea at all of how to install apps of any kind on this, please reply.
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    So, I have figured out how to access recovery mode. But you are not able to access the bootloader from there, although you can update from an sd card or adb debugging if u know-how.
    I am currently stuck around this part as well. I was able to reboot into recovery mode by holding the power and volume up button till the screen starts up. I attempted using adb debugging's install command (can be found here), but I ran into a "server client error", notifying me that the server client versions don't match up. I have no idea what that means. I will need to do some further research, but this is what I have so far to contribute to our "noble" cause.

    P.S. I forgot to take screenshots of the errors (my bad), but I'll do some research on adb then try again and share the errors (hopefully no errors).
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