How to Play Facebook Games on an Android

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How to Play Facebook Games on an Android
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Facebook games are increasingly popular and Zynga is the most popular maker for the social networking site, with CityVille, FarmVille, and Zynga Poker reporting 271 million users a month. CityVille alone posted 69 million user in one month, as reported by the Los Angeles Times in December 2010. Facebook games use the Adobe Flash platform, which is available on all computer-based Web browsers, however it has taken time to port Flash technology over to mobile phones. Only Android phones running version 2.2 or later have access to the Flash plug-in, which allows users to play any of the Facebook games on a Droid.

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Things you need

  • Mobile data connection or Wi-Fi

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    Android 2.2

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    Open the application launcher and scroll down to the "Market" app and tap it. Tap the search button (the magnifying glass icon) and type "Adobe Flash," then press "Search." Tap the "Adobe Flash" app, tap "Install" and then "OK" to accept the permissions. Wait for the app to install.

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    Press the home button (shaped like a house) on your phone. Tap the browser icon. Browse to Facebook (type "facebook" into the address bar, then press "Go") and log in to your account. Type "farmville" (or any other Facebook game) in the Facebook search box. Tap the Farmville icon from the list of search results. Tap the "Go to Application" button on the Farmville page.

  3. 3

    Long-press (hold down your finger) on the loading Farmville screen. Select "Play in Full Screen" from the pop-up window. Play Farmville.

    Android 2.1 and Earlier

  1. 1

    Open the Application Launcher on your Android phone. Scroll to the "Market" app and press it. Tap the magnifying glass icon to search, then type in "Zynga" and press "Search."

  2. 2

    Scroll through the list of apps to find the app you want. As of 2010, Zynga has only published a poker app that will interface with the Facebook version of the same game. Tap the game you wish to install then tap the "Install" button, then the "OK" button to accept the permissions. Wait for the app to download and install.

  3. 3

    Open the application launcher and tap on the icon for the game you just installed. Log in when prompted to connect your Android app to your Facebook profile.

Tips and warnings

  • The Adobe Flash app is free to download and is published by Adobe. As of 2010, Zynga is not charging for any apps on Facebook or Android.

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