Flappy Bird is dead - long live Flappy Bird! Here's how to lớn install the deleted/banned/quietly retired ứng dụng on your iPhone or apk phone. Plus: Flappy Bird 2 is launching in August 2014!


Flappy Bird’s dead, but you can still download and install the game to an iPhone or apk smartphone. There are several methods, some of them difficult, some expensive, but we cover all the ways you can tải về and install Flappy Bird – even though it’s been deleted from the tiện ích stores – in this tutorial. Updated 16 May năm trước with reports that Flappy Bird 2 is on its way in August

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You’ll then be able lớn judge for yourself as khổng lồ whether you wish to bởi vì any of the following.

How khổng lồ install Flappy Bird on iPhone (or android smartphone): Wait for Flappy Bird 2

Your first option is to lớn wait. That might sound lượt thích a cop-out, but it could save you a lot of money and/or effort, as you’ll see in the other solutions below. & it’s perfectly possible that Flappy Bird will return to the tiện ích Store (and Google Play) in the near future.

Interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine, Flappy Bird creatorDong Nguyen admitted that a new version of the trò chơi was a possibility.

“Will Flappy Bird ever fly again? ‘I’m considering it,’ Nguyen says. He’s not working on a new version, but if he ever releases one it will come with a warning, he says: ‘Please take a break."”

When Flappy Bird was pulled from the stores, cynics (which included me, I’m afraid) thought the whole thing could be a truyền bá stunt lớn get more column inches and clamour for the game, before bringing it back “due lớn popular demand” – it just seemed bizarre for a trò chơi that was making good money khổng lồ be taken down for ethical reasons alone. But the wait for a comeback (even if one is now a possibility) suggests that Nguyen was sincere.

Since that interview, Nguyen has told CNBCthat Flappy Bird 2 (or whatever he chooses to lớn name the resurrected game) is indeed on the way – & that we should expect it khổng lồ launch in August 2014.

Flappy Bird 2 “will include multi-player capabilities & be less addictive”, according lớn Nguyen in the interview. But his attitude lớn his creation remains oddly ambivalent: he said he “would rather people spend their time doing more productive things rather than attempt lớn guide a cartoon bird through pipes to lớn rack up a high score”.

How to install Flappy Bird on iPhone (or android smartphone): Buy an iPhone or apk phone with it installed already

Let’s get this one out of the way next. It’s expensive, but if you’ve got money lớn spare and are that desperate to lớn play a deeply flawed, formerly không tính tiền iPhone game, head over to eBay & browse the ‘bargains’. Lots of people are selling off second-hand iPhones và Android smartphones with Flappy Bird installed.

Flappy Bird was installed on a huge number of phones, so if more users cốt tông on to lớn this potential money spinner and showroom their devices to lớn the offering, prices may fall – so it may be worth waiting. But actually there are far better – and cheaper – ways to lớn get hold of Flappy Bird.


Prices for iPhones and iPods with Flappy Bird installed, on earlier

Update: in fact the prices are already falling, & there are plenty of devices on there around the £400 lớn £600 mark. However, the trend seems to be for canny sellers to lớn put up devices that are either old or damaged. There’s an iPhone 4 with Flappy Birds for £400, and several smartphones with visibly cracked screens. Nice way lớn fund a replacement, right?

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How lớn install Flappy Bird on iPhone (or apk smartphone): Re-install the trò chơi from iTunes

Does that seem expensive? Well, if you’ve previously downloaded Flappy Bird to lớn iTunes và synced it to your iPhone or máy tính bảng ipad – and then deleted it from the tiện ích ios device – you can re-install without any problems, và for free.


But you can’t repurchase Flappy Bird on your Mac if you’ve removed it from iTunes.


How to lớn install Flappy Bird on iPhone (or android smartphone): Install it using someone else’s táo bị cắn dở ID

A better way lớn ‘borrow’ Flappy Bird from someone who installed the game before the ban is to lớn find a trusted friend or relative who is willing to lớn let you log into the app Store using their login details.

Apple allows a purchased app to be installed on multiple devices. Indeed, many families and couples share an táo bị cắn ID between their various devices, saving money by buying apps and other digital content only once. It’s legal to cốt truyện an táo bị cắn dở ID, và purchased content, between up lớn 10 devices in a single household.

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If you’re sharing an táo ID with someone who bought Flappy Bird already, open the ứng dụng Store app, click the Updates tab at the bottom, then Purchased và Not On This iPhone. (If you’re on an máy tính bảng ipad you can go directly to the Purchased tab, which gets its own entry on the larger screen.) Either scroll down or use the search function to find Flappy Bird, then tap the iCloud symbol to download it. It’s still available for tải về even though it’s been ‘removed’ from the store – in fact it’s only been made unpurchasable.

If you’re logged in with your own ID, but want to tải về Flappy Bird using someone else’s ID (remember that for this to lớn comply with Apple’s rules that person should be a member of your household), open the phầm mềm Store & select the Featured tab, then scroll down to lớn the bottom of the page & find the field where it says ‘Apple ID:’ và then the táo khuyết ID you’re logged in with. Tap this và select Sign Out, then log in again using the friend’s ID. Find Flappy Bird in the Purchased section as above, & tap the cloud icon to download it.


But now, remember to go back into the Featured section of the app Store và sign out again (and sign in with your ID).

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Ordinarily, having apps on your game ios device that have been purchased from more than one ID can be a pain when updates come along – tiện ích ios will have lớn ask you khổng lồ log in again with the alternative ID in order to get new updates for the rogue apps. But Flappy Bird won’t be getting any more updates (assuming this isn’t all a clever kinh doanh strategy, & that it won’t reappear ‘due to popular demand’ in a few days), so this isn’t a problem. The downside may occur when syncing with computers – if you lượt thích to vì a full sync of all the apps in iTunes, it will try lớn delete apps that it doesn’t recognise.

You can vày something similar with Google Play. Simply log in using the account details of a friend or relative who has previously installed Flappy Bird, download the app, and then log out.

How khổng lồ install Flappy Bird: Find the file online, and install it lớn a jailbroken iPhone (or game android phone)

Okay, so you don’t know anyone who has Flappy Bird in their Purchased list. You can still tải về Flappy Birds, but it gets more difficult at this point for the iPhone (and iPad) users. (It’s also legally dodgy, so bear that in mind.)

If you’re on Android, you simply need to find and download the game android file (APK stands for game android Package Kit) for the trò chơi online – a quick search for ‘flappy bird apk’, via the browser on your device, should vì chưng the trick. You’ll need to make sure your smartphone or tablet is mix up lớn accept files from unknown sources (you should find the tickbox for this under Settings, Security) but once you’ve fixed that you’ll be able to lớn install the trò chơi from your Downloads folder.

iPhone & iPad users will need khổng lồ have a jailbroken device khổng lồ be able khổng lồ install the tệp tin for the trò chơi from online – non-jailbroken devices only accept apps và games from the official phầm mềm Store. The file we’ll be looking for online is an IPA or .ipa instead of an APK. This is the equivalent for quả táo devices.

Here’s how to lớn jailbreak an iPhone or iPad. (Carefully consider the consequences regarding your warranty & future support, which we discuss in that article.)You’ll then need khổng lồ install a specific tweak that allows you lớn sync IPA files.

Now search for the .ipa tệp tin – as before, a simple tìm kiếm for ‘flappy bird ipa’ should get you plenty of tải về sources. (Make sure you’re downloading an .ipa, mind you, & not an .exe or other dodgy tệp tin by an unscrupulous malware creator.) Drag-and-drop the .ipa tệp tin to the Apps section in iTunes, và syncyour iPhone. If all has gone according lớn plan Flappy Bird should appear.

How khổng lồ install Flappy Bird on iPhone (or android smartphone): Install one of the rival/clone apps

Instead of stressing about downloading a game that wasn’t groundbreakingly original in the first place, you could simply go for one of the clones that sprang up like mushrooms as soon as Flappy Bird started getting traction. We don’t endorse this sort of plagiaristic bandwagon jumping, but Flappy Bird was itself deeply derivative, so it’s hard khổng lồ get too worked up about it.

At time of writing the alternatives includeFlappy Plane,Flappy Bee, Splashy Fish và Fly Birdie – Flappy Bird Flyer. They’re mostly free, so it wouldn’t hurt lớn give them a try to lớn see how egregious the gameplay really is. Our advice would be lớn drop anything with in-app purchases.

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How to install Flappy Bird on iPhone (or game android smartphone): Don’t bother, because it’s not very good

Last of all, can we just make a plea for good games? Flappy Bird was hard & weirdly addictive but there are many better games out there. If you’re keen on one-button flyers, the obvious alternative is Tiny Wings; if you want something addictive và insanely hard, give Super Hexagon a go. There are lots of brilliant, simple side-scrolling games for iPhone, such as Canabalt & Jetpack Joyride.