Facebook for iPad Hidden Within iPhone App, Here’s How to Get it Right Now

By , Jul 25, 2011

TechCrunch has reported that the rumored Facebook for iPad app is hidden within the iPhone app. How so?

A Twitter user by the name of Marvin Bernal found that changing the “UIDeviceFamily” from 1 to 2 in the info.plist of the iPhone app will display a hidden Facebook iPad app. This also hints that hidden app will become a universal application, meaning that the same app can be downloaded on both an iPhone and an iPad.

Here’s how to get the secret Facebook for iPad app on your own iPad right now…

“Hidden in the code of Facebook’s iPhone app is the code for something else. Something everyone has been waiting over a year for. The iPad app. Yes, it’s real, and it’s spectacular (well, very good, at the very least). And yes, it really is right there within the code. Even better, it’s executable.

TechCrunch’s MG. Siegler confirmed that this is the real, upcoming iPad app for Facebook that we’ve all been waiting for,

“Update: We’ve just talked to a source who had previous seen the app and says that this is in fact the app Facebook was intending to launch shortly. We’ll see if that gets sped up now.”

How to get the hidden Facebook app on a jailbroken iPad:

The Easy Way

Step 1: Download the latest version of Facebook for iPhone to your iPad.

Step 2: Find and install the “FullForce” tweak for free from developer Ryan Petrich in Cydia. Version 1.3.3 will enable the new Facebook for iPad app.

Step 3: Respring your iPad.

Step 4: Go to your iPad’s Settings and find the FullForce settings tab.

Step 5: Switch the toggle for the Facebook iPhone app to On.

Step 6: Exit Settings and enter the Facebook app on your iPad. The hidden app will now be enabled.

Update: this method doesn’t work anymore. Instead of downloading FullForce from Cydia, download FaceForward, a jailbreak app developed specifically to get the Facebook app on iPad.

The Hard Way

Step 1: Download the latest version of Facebook for iPhone to your iPad.

Step 2: Download and install iFile from Cydia.

Step 3: In iFile, navigate to Applications > Facebook

Step 4: Enter the “Facebook.app” folder.

Step 5: Select the “info.plist” file.

Step 6: Navigate to Display Properties > UIDeviceFamily

Step 7: Change the number “1” in the upper right corner to “2

Step 8: Respring your iPad!

On a non-jailbroken iPad:

Step 1: Download iPhone Explorer and Xcode on your Mac.

Step 2: Open the info.plist file in the Facebook for iPhone app in Xcode.

Step 3: Change the UIDeviceFamily property from “1″ to “2.”

Step 4: Respring your iPad!

After using the app for awhile, I found that it’s definitely 100% usable, but it still has a few minor bugs. For instance, when posting a status update, it says “via iPhone” instead of “via iPad.” The UI is also very nice. Also, the app is developed in mostly HTML 5, meaning the app is pretty snappy.

This hidden iPad app happened to appear after the recent Facebook for iPhone 3.4.4 update. By secretly releasing an official iPad app, Facebook has hammered the nails in the coffin for 3rd party Facebook apps on the iPad.

What are your thoughts on this? Are you going to try installing the app? Let us know how it works for you in the comments!

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  • http://Www.chinch.com iJack

    It’s awesome btw, I got it the hard way… I found that way easy though. But still the app is very intuitive and amazing

    • Dane

      Yea the hard way seems alot simpler. Also it doesn’t require another package since most people already have iFile

  • david

    i have easier way to install it , download my ipa and what u need is a jailbreak and appsync
    http://singst.blogspot.com/2011/07/how-to-get-official-facebook-app-for.html

  • http://twitter.com/MFCH MFCH

    snap. trying this now

  • http://blogideias.com Pedro Sá

    I’ve made it the “hard” way too. The app is very nice, but, like you said, it has a few bugs, of course.

  • Funked

    Lol, I wouldn’t say editing a value in the .plist is a “hard way” of doing it. It took me a whole 10 seconds. Anyway, been using the iPad app for a few hours now on my iPad2, and on first impressions it’s very nice. As expected, it is still full of bugs (crashes on certain pages etc, chat is tempermental), but I’m sure it’ll be perfect once released. I would of liked more chat options, like group conversation support (not like the newly released group chat on the website, I mean actual group pages so members can talk to each other).

    One thing I found: if you have RetinaPad installed and have used the iPhone fb app on your iPad in “retina mode”; after tweaking it to the iPad compatible version you’ll notice the fonts / writing are terrible quality – almost barely readable. I had to uninstall RetinaPad, and then the app looked perfect, all text looks normal now. Just a heads up.

    • Chris

      It is if you’re an iPhone noob lol which most iPhone users are, personally the so called “Hard” way is by far the best way, who wants to install more shit when you can edit a file.

    • kokhean

      You can just disable Facebook switch in RetinaPad.

  • GT

    pretty epic, works for me, make sure u have the latest version of full force

  • Érico

    the ipad version is way better than the pc/mac version.

  • ic0edx

    Facebook is going to be pissed at apple now. Lol.

  • JAK

    AWESOME…. Just Awesome…..

  • Mamouton

    How do you add items to favorites?

  • Vampyre

    it’s pretty slick.. really going to give Friendly a run for there money I think.. sure wish you could turn the chat side window off though.. that’s annoying…

  • juan

    yay, lamebook on my iPad. my life is completely complete now.

  • north

    I still show version 1.3.1 of Full Force in Cydia.
    whats the repo for 1.3.3

  • KAN

    Anyone else notice that the timeline doesn’t seem to “fit” in it’s cell? It seems to be about 5px too wide. Either the “+” icon is cut off or half of the friend’s icon.

  • http://DEMOxWORLD.com Deemo

    Anyone else haveing a problem with the log in? When it’s the unmodified version I can log in but once I modify the app it won’t let me log in. Any ideas, or similar problem with anybody?

    • Brad

      Yeah, exact same problem. I wonder why it works fine for other but not for us. I just assumed it was my shite luck lol. Suggestions anyone?

  • qqquang

    Cannot login after modifying the Facebook app :((

  • SpideyRules

    @Deemo I am also unable to login, getting “Unable to connect to Facebook” :/

    • Damn

      Getting the same error message. Is it possible facebook blocked it?

  • Drakar

    Well, the app is working, but facebook says I can’t login…
    Maybe they blocked it?

  • Jacob Nørgaard

    Same here. Works on my iPad 2 though?

  • SpideyRules

    I’m on iPad 2, and not able to login. App seems to work fine though

  • Sean

    Mine keeps on crashing :/. I have no clue what I’m doing wrong, but I’m following all the steps right.

  • andrutto

    They must have blocked it, doesn’t login

  • Amine

    Nô login hère too

  • Pulkit

    yaah facebook has blocked access

  • b-wings

    cannot log-in anymore :(

  • b-wings

    try it 100 time with no luck, can’t log in.. :(
    can i edit the “info.plist” back to the default ?

  • b-wings

    finally, edit back to the default, and… it just work! :)
    facebook has blocked it.

  • Matt

    Redmond pie made an article about way back when the ipad 1 was realesed by editing some files.

  • ANDRE

    does this work on the iphone?

    • Ryan

      lol of course. it’s called the regular Facebook app. why would you want an iPad app running on your iPhone?

  • david

    its blocked by facebook self

  • david

    3 hours bfore it works for me now its blocked i think

  • http://www.facebook.com/askeric Eric

    A perfect “publicity stunt” by Facebook’s GENIUS Marketing Dept.

    Think about it… (if you still don’t recognize the genius of this marketing stunt)…. If FB just said “hey guys we’ll be releasing an iPad compatible app soon, people would be “great, now pass me the cheese”.

    But, with this publicity stunt, Facebook is going to get $Millions in FREE advertising and BUZZ that will peak the interest of “Joe Public” in to saying… “hold the cheese, you said WHAT???!!!!”

    ———

    Stay Thirsty My Friend!

    - Eric

  • http://lolipod.net/ LOLiPOD

    Awesome =D

  • Marcus

    Anyone done this the none jailbreak way with iPhone explorer and xCode? I tried but the crashes when I start it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yudiztira.M Yudhistira Maulana

    I can’t log out because menu on the left this aplication facebook disappear(blank),,WHY??
    please help me :’(