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How to sideload apps on stock AT&T Dell Streak without root, ADB, or Sideload Wonder Machine

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If your Dell Streak is still wearing its AT&T chastity belt, then it hasn't been rooted and it's still running the stock Android 1.6 ROM.

It's also prevented from installing apps not obtained from Android Market. Yes, non-Market apps can be installed using ADB or Sideload Wonder Machine, but both require you to be connected to your computer. Wouldn't it be easier/better to be able to sideload apps directly on the Streak like every other non-AT&T Android phone?

Not only is this possible, but it's also reversible thanks to the work of StreakSmart reader ronj1986, who discovered an easy way to enable sideloading while exploring various testing and info screens accessible in the device's engineering mode.

"I stumbled upon this 'security" label at the bottom," he told me via email, "and something in my head said that could mean releasing some of the constraints on my device: unlock it or non-market apps." He pressed the button and confirmed the latter suspicion: it lifted AT&T's sideloading restriction.

Here's how to loosen AT&T's stifling grip on your factory condition (build 6601) Dell Streak:

  1. Dial *#*#307#*#* on your Streak. Other than a quick flash on the screen, it will look like nothing has happened.
  2. Go to your app drawer/program menu and tap a new icon labeled EMList. If the icon is not there, turn off the Streak. It should be there when you turn it on again.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and tap app_security.
  4. Tap update unknown resource property to enable it.

That's it!

To confirm that it worked, press the Home button followed by Menu -> Settings -> Applications. You should now see the "Unknown sources" option. Now you can download and install any 1.6-compatible app you find with ease!

To uninstall EMList, dial *#*#308#*#* on your Streak.

Thanks, Ron!

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52 thoughts on “How to sideload apps on stock AT&T Dell Streak without root, ADB, or Sideload Wonder Machine

  • Avatar of Jonathan-Streaker

    Here’s to hoping there’s an unlock code in there somewhere too!

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  • Fascinating, but I guess I haven’t found a need to apply any app that I can’t find in the Market.

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  • nice found! Somehow mine required a restart to able to enable it.

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  • Very handy! Thanks for the tip!

    I noticed it also added a few other apps. Log Master… and Multitouch Photo Viewer.

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  • Doesn’t work for me…

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  • Avatar of micah lane

    I could not find the app-security

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  • Avatar of micah lane

    yes but the unknown sources don’t show up but the EMList shows up but no APP-security

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  • Avatar of commanderastig

    after you turn it on you have to hit the home button and then menu and then application. thats it

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  • scroll to bottom of list and you should see app_security. Did you move menu screen up? There are a lot of options there so you need to be sure you are @ the end of the list. Is your Streak 1.6?

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  • Avatar of commanderastig

    hello jenn, slightly off topic here, im having trouble setting up my yahoo mail on my dell streak. I tried all the instruction that comes on the phone. thanks for the help.

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  • Avatar of micah lane

    Yes I scrolled down and no APP-security. And I am running 1.6 help

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  • Avatar of yahoosucks

    Yahoo requires premium account to use pop3. Would upgrade and migrate all corespondance to gmail in the next year by piggybaging it into gmail via pop. That will also improve lousy spam filter yahoo has.

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  • Avatar of whatisthis

    Has anyone figured out how to tame that hyper-sensitive keyboard with the new settings? What ar these settings for Wil all those. Squares?
    Look this is how shitty my typing is: I don’t even have to touch the keys and get input. Its killing me.

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  • Avatar of commanderastig

    wasn’t there a yahoo mail app in the market? but for some freaking reason i can’t freaking find it! any tips?

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  • see my reply @commanderastig a few posts above. maybe useful.

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  • Avatar of whatisthis

    emlsettings, touchpad > control > sensitivity

    Has anyone found a way to make it less sensitive? I get text input without or barely touching the keys. I have already calibrated per Dell manual by booting into configuration mode (both up and down volume buttons pressed while rebooting) without luck.

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  • In EMList, there is a NetworkSetting where you can tick different band frequencies…
    Is it really possible to add frequencies?

    Could someone in the US with an European Streak check if they can get AT&T 3G? or TMobile????

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  • Avatar of izzykareem

    I also see (After doing this)
    Calibrator
    DevTools
    FileBrowser
    LogMaster
    MultiTouchPhotoViewer (which is really sweet)
    SpareParts
    (which has another cool battery usage summary)
    (cool usage statistics of your apps)
    (system font size changer, it doesn’t save though)
    (compatibility mode for older apps)
    (show compass in Maps)
    Testkits

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  • Wont this gives us access to our stock rom’s? With the file browser someone should be able to find it.

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  • worked great for me. Had to reboot.

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  • I spent almost five hours trying to load a swype beta from the side last saturday, couldn’t make it work. The trick of turning off the restriction has been awesome. I’m working with swype now and love it. I wanted to put it on my old HTC windows 3.5 before I moved to Streak last week. So great big thanks, this is revolutionary set us free from ATT!

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  • Avatar of Snakeyez

    Worked for me on my At&t streak… now to get NoLED to install….
    good find!!!

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  • Avatar of softgeek

    If you want to write your own app, then you need this!

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  • Avatar of scout19d3

    Yes, and additionally, I immediately noticed a few more additions such as File Browser, DevTools, Calibrator, Spare Parts, and Testkits. Time to explore!

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  • Avatar of Stuck to Atnt becasue they gave me a good deal

    This is super cool.. Thanks dude!

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  • Avatar of Dutch

    Worked like a champ for me! Now…anyone have any advice for non-market app sites?

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  • Avatar of Steven

    I’m unable to locate the app_security button you spoke of.

    I’m running stock 1.6 (built 6601)

    I dialed in the code

    rebooted

    went to settings > applications > manage applications > emlist

    There is no app_security button : /

    Help please?

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  • Avatar of Steven

    Problem solved – thanks anyway

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  • Avatar of Jerrett

    @ Steven, how did you solve the apps security problem?

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  • Avatar of Albert

    I don’t get it. I did as instructed and I have the same settings as Steven, but it won’t work. Do I have to hack it first or smething. Can a pro help this noob to make this work, because I want to get 2.1

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  • Avatar of Mendee

    Wow, Very nice. Thanks a lots of

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  • Amazing!
    Super Easy!
    Thank You

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  • Avatar of AkShiz

    NYYYYYCE! Makes waitin for the 2.2 a little easier.

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  • Avatar of Andrew

    Steven how did you resolve finding the app_security button?

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  • Avatar of Jerry Restrepo

    Hey all just tried this on my new streak, twice and still dont see app_security. Please someone help this noob.

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  • I also followed the instructions and also no apps security on the list. Any ideas?

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  • Avatar of Dave Sill

    Is there an equivalent of this for the official AT&T 2.2?

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  • I have The dell streak with the stock 2.2. I entered the codes, but nothing happened. I doubt this works on android 2.2

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  • It doesn’t work on my Inspire 4G either, running 2.2 as well. :-/
    I really hope to find a solution to getting TeamViewer installed on my phone.
    Thanks for sharing the tip anyway. :)
    I wished it would have worked for my phone.

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  • Avatar of Jave lopez

    The *#*#307#*#* didnt work for allowing 3rd party apps on my phone.y??

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  • Avatar of Jave lopez

    I have the dell streak 2.2

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