Star Wars Droids App by Sphero Missing From Google Play
Why Isn't the Star Wars Droids App by Sphero Available on Google Play?
In early 2020 the Star Wars Droids App by Sphero was pulled from the Google Play store due to changes in the Google Play store policies. This was done by Google as part of their efforts to enforce new guidelines.
When Will the Star Wars Droids App by Sphero Be Available on Google Play?
The Sphero software team is working diligently to optimize and update the Star Wars Droids app as quickly as possible. However, we don't have a precise date available yet. We are currently estimating an early Q2 release, depending on the amount of effort it takes to get the app and its software libraries to be compliant with Google's new 64-bit requirements.
Where Can I Get the App Right Now?
It will be a while before the app is available on Google Play again. In the meantime, there are a few options when it comes to the available software offerings that are compatible with your Droids:
- If you own an iOS device, you can download the Star Wars Droids app from the app store here. This version was not removed by Apple.
- All Droids work with the Sphero Edu app located here. You can both program and drive them.
- If you only have a Sphero BB-8 Droid, you can use the BB-8™ Droid App by Sphero located here.
- We have a 32-bit version* of the Star Wars Droids app for Android available to download here. Do note that you will need to follow the required steps to manually install the APK on your Android device. This process can vary a little bit based on the Android device you have, but general rules are as follows:
- Set your Android device to enable installing from "unknown sources" or for "unknown apps". This is required to install an APK from other sources than Google Play. This process will vary per device. You can learn more here.
- Download the app APK from this link here. You must have the APK on your android device to install it, so make sure to either download the APK on your phone, or transfer the APK to your phone with your computer and a USB cable. If you downloaded the APK on a mac and wish to transfer it to your Android device, then use Android File Transfer.
- Make sure your Android device has a file manager or file viewer app. Many Android devices have one pre-installed, but on some devices you may need to install one from Google Play.
- Using your file manager app, locate the downloaded APK, and run through the installation process.
*The 32-bit version of the Star Wars Droids app does not have the Watch With Me feature. This feature is still available with the iOS version of the app.