Sunday, June 30, 2013

Play Magic 2014 on Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet is the greatest most portable tablet made by man, in my opinion. However, it has one major software flaw. It still thinks it is the Galaxy Note 2. Whoever ported the software to the note 8 forgot to tell it that its no longer a phone.

For example, most websites will switch to the mobile version when you visit them using the Note 8. Some tablet-only apps won't show up on the Google Play store, including Magic 2014.

Here I'll explain how to easily and officially run Magic 2014 duels of the planeswalkers on Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or any relatively new Android phone or tablet. It requires a temporary root. This means that after installing the game you can unroot your device to regain the warranty. Make sure you have checked "unknown sources" and "USB debugging" in the settings.

This method does not wipe your memory. All your apps, files, and settings will be safe and remain untouched. However, backup your important files just in case.

-Download and install the app Framaroot directly on the Note 8.
-Open Framaroot and root the device using the Aragon method.
-Download and install Busybox from Google Play store.
-Download and install Market Helper directly on the Note 8.
-Open market helper and choose tablet, Asus Trandformer,  United States and AT&T. Then, click on Activate. (don't worry, this will reset when you reboot)
-Now search for magic 2014 on Google Play and install it.

If you still can't find the game on Google Play, visit, log in with your Google account, and search for the game there. Then, install it on your device from the website. It will start downloading on your device immediately.

Now that the game is installed and runs fine, its time to unroot:
-Uninstall Busybox
-Uninstall Market Helper.
-Open Framaroot and choose Unroot. Then uninstall Framaroot.

That's it!

Magic 2014 runs smoothly on the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The in-app purchases work fine. Rooting doesn't mess  with your device. And unrooting doesn't break the game. The world is a better place now.


  1. Hi,

    Since this post seems to be the first hit everytime I googled the same problem I figured I would share my solution here.

    The Amazon appstore apparently doesnt check for compability so you can download it through there. You need to have an Amazon account and 1-click purchasing enabled to do the in-app unlock but I suspect most people who have devices like this have it anyways so shouldnt be a problem.

    1. This true. But the Amazon App Store only works for residents of the United States (and maybe few other countries) so residents of other countries (like Kuwait where I live) can't download it this way.

    2. Works in Finland. It apparently uses the us servers since i had to set up my 1-click settings on .com when I normally use took a few minutes to figure that out...


  2. Thank you very much. It worked like a charm.

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  4. Hi! I've tried this tip but Play Store continues to say that my device is not compatible.
    I've a Samsung Galaxy Note II GT-N7100.
    Choose tablet, Asus Trandformer, United States and AT&T : OK
    Check in dashboard : OK
    Install from site to Aio Asus Transformer : OK
    But my phone send me an error, and the play store say that app is not compatible.
    Any ideas ?
    thanks !
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, it's not my native language.