How to Bypass Restrictions to Install Hearthstone on Any Android Device
Blizzard Entertainment, the wildly successful video game developer that brought us World of Warcraft and StarCraft, has finally released their popular trading card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft to the Android platform.
If you've never heard of it, Hearthstone is an offshoot of World of Warcraft, where you can choose your level of class (warrior, shaman, rogue, mage, etc.) and collect cards with different attacks. Collect cards through purchases (real money or gold), build up your deck, then battle online opponents in the arena.
If you're unfamiliar with the game, there's a hell of a lot more to it, so check out this newbie tutorial from boogie2988 for a quick rundown. Millions have been playing the game online, but it has finally made its way to Android. Great news, right? Well, not exactly.
Unfortunately, the game is only available for tablet users. Any device that doesn't have at least a 6-inch display is pretty much shit out of luck. While Blizzard has promised a mobile version for smartphones, a timetable has yet to be set. And you don't really want to wait, do you?
UPDATE (4/14/15): The day has finally come—Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft is now available for download on most Android devices, including phones!
For this to work, you'll need the following:
- Device running Android 4.0+
- SD Card (optional)
Also be aware that Android devices with older CPUs (single/dual cores) might not be able to run this game, so check online to see if your device is compatible.
Update: Just download the new updated Heartstone APK and patch files linked below and you're done. You don't need to follow any of the steps after.
Download the following three files directly on your device.
Move both the Patch OBB and the Main OBB files to /storage/emulated/0/Android/obb/com.blizzard.wtch.hearthstone and you're good to go. Install the APK and Heathstone will open. YOU DON'T NEED TO FOLLOW ANY OF THE STEPS BELOW.
Through My Files or any other file explorer, unzip the Hearthstone Update ZIP and find the Hearthstone Update folder.
Inside that folder, you'll find the Hearthstone APK and two OBB files you need for this to work. Make sure that you have installation from "Unknown sources" enabled on your device.
Install com.blizzard...stone.apk, but make sure that you don't open the application just yet—only install it.
Now go back to the Hearthstone Update folder in My Files and copy both of the OBB files. Go to storage/emulated/0/Android/obb and paste the two files there.
Note: If you have an SD memory card or the game doesn't work when copying the OBB files there, instead place the two OBB files in storage/extSdCard/Android/obb/.
Finally, open the Hearthstone app and let it load—it should take a few minutes since it's a pretty large file.
Log in or create an account and you're ready to play! You'll receive a free pack of cards to start with, and you'll also be given a short tutorial on how to play the game.