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How to Get HQ Trivia for Android Now
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How to Get HQ Trivia for Android Now

Jacob Kleinman, Gawker Media

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After months as an iOS exclusive, HQ Trivia is finally coming to Android on January 1. But you don't have to wait that long to start playing on your Android device.

As part of the lead up to its Android release, HQ is offering a limited beta in the U.S. (meaning only a few lucky people can try it here) and an open beta in Canada . If you can't go another day without playing HQ Trivia, there's a way to trick your phone into thinking you're in Canada so you can download the beta now.

IGN outlined a couple of methods earlier this year for another app with a location-specific beta, but the basic details still apply. The method we'll be using requires a virtual private network to spoof your location and takes a decent amount of work, but it's the only option for now.

The first think you'll need to do is install a VPN on your computer and set it to a Canadian IP address ( here's our guide to VPNs if you need some help getting started). Once that's done, go to the Google Create Account webpage and create a new account with your location as Canada. Then grab the Android device you want to use, log into the new Google Play account you just set up, and navigate to HQ's Play Store page .

If it worked you should see an "Install" button, and you're good to go. If you still see the "Pre-register" button, you may need to activate the VPN on your Android device as well. To do that, go into Settings and then Apps. Select "Google Play Store" and hit "Force Stop" to close the app. Next, go into "Storage" on your device and tap on "Clear Data" and "Clear Cache." Finally, launch the VPN app and set the location to Canada. Now you should be able to download the HQ beta.

If that sounds like a headache, there is an easier way, but it requires an Android application package (APK) and we don't have that yet for HQ Trivia. Once the APK does leak you should be able to sideload it pretty easily, though there's a bit of a risk with this method since you'll have to loosen your phone's security settings.

Of course, if you'd rather just wait for the official release you can pre-register now in Google Play so you know as soon as the app arrives.

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