Wanting to Play!

All of us are, except for Fan-a-Tech Eric who is officially Playing! Now Eric is tasked with coming up with an installation methodology for us laymen.  While we wait, there are still a number of good alternative markets that can be used including the nabi App Zone, the Amazon Appstore1Mobile MarketAppBrainAppoliciousAndroidPitAndroidZoom, and GetJar .

If you have apps on your original nabi Tablet or other Android device that you've purchased from Google Play, you can easily back them up and enjoy them now.  Fan-a-Tech Aleasha created a YouTube video that takes you through the basic steps in doing this.  As some parents have struggled through this, I thought I'd provide some step-by-step instructions.  

NOTE: If you purchased and/or installed apps through the nabi App Zone or Amazon Appstore, reinstall them on the nabi 2 Tablet through these markets.  This will ensure that if the developer releases an update with fixes or enhancements, that you can take advantage and quickly update your existing apps.

App Backup:
nabi Tablet Prerequisites: Android Market and Micro SD Card
1. Insert your Micro SD Card into the nabi Tablet, prior to powering it on.
2. Power on the tablet.
3. Log into Mommy Mode.
4. Click the Menu button.

5. Click the Settings option.
6. Scroll down and select SD Card & Device Storage.
7. Click on the External storage choice option.
8. Ensure that Use SD Card is selected.
9. Back out of Settings, using the Back key, until you've returned to the Home Screen
10. Launch the Android Market app.
11. Click the Menu button.
12. Select the My Apps option.
13. Update any apps that are located under the Update section.
14. Click to activate the Search bar, once all apps are updated.
15. Type in "Backup".
16. Select App Backup & Restore by InfoLife LLC.
17. Click the Install button.
18. Click the Accept & Download button.
19. Click the Open button.
20. Click the Menu button in the right corner.
21. Select the Settings option.
22. Ensure that it reads /mnt/sdcard/App_Backup_Restore.
23. Back out of the Setting menu by hitting the Back key.
24. Go through and check the apps that you want to backup.
25. Click the Backup Selected Apps button.  This will take some time, depending on the number of apps that have been checked.
26. Click on the Archived tab at the top to ensure that everything that you wanted has been backed up.
27. Back out of App Backup & Restore.

28. Power down the tablet.
29. Remove the Micro SD Card.

App Restore:
nabi 2 Tablet Prerequisites: Amazon Appstore, ES File Explorer and Micro SD Card
30. Insert the Micro SD Card.
31. Power on the nabi 2 Tablet.
32. Log into Mommy/Daddy Mode.
33. Visit the Installing & Configuring Amazon Appstore blog post, if you still require this prerequisite.
34. Search for and install ES File Explorer from the Amazon Appstore, if not already installed.

35. Launch ES File Explorer.
36. Click on the Favorites option in the top left corner.
37. Click on the /mnt/sdcard2/ to access the contents on the Micro SD Card.
38. Click on the App_Backup _Restore folder.
39. Click on the first app that you'd like to install.
40. Click on the Install button.
41. Click on the Done button.
42. Repeat this process until all of the apps are installed.
43. When done hit the Back soft key until you exit ES File Manager.

NOTE: Some of the apks that you've backed up may not install on the nabi 2 Tablet, as they are not compatible with the Android 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS.  Others will install but may not actually allow you to play them.

Fan-a-Tech Aleasha's YouTube Video
Adding Apps to nabi Mode:
To make the newly installed apps available for your child in nabi Mode, perform the following steps.

44. Click on the Add Apps app in Parent Mode.
45. Check the apps that you'd like to make available in nabi Mode.
46. Uncheck the apps that you'd like to remove from nabi Mode.
47. Back out of Add Apps by hitting the Back soft key.
48. Click the nabi Mode app, to launch nabi Mode.
49. Click the All Apps icon, the six squares in the top right corner, to access the full list of available apps in nabi Mode.
50. Click and hold on the app that you'd like to put on the Home Screen and position it in an open space.