16 November 2015 Update: Sorry, we will no longer be uploading installation files for v1.10 onwards.
Instead (we highly recommend this), you can now install an easy-to-update version of Vainglory for Android through the Amazon Appstore. Check out the guide here: How to install Vainglory for Android via Amazon Appstore (Underground App)
What is Vainglory?
Vainglory is probably the best mobile MOBA game right now. While it’s yet to be officially released for the Android platform (it started on iOS), the Beta is slowly rolling support for some Android devices.
After joining the Google+ community Vainglory Beta for Asus PadFone & ZenFone, I’ve been reading some posts/comments from other members that the game can be played on an Asus Zenfone 5, a phone I also use.
Holy shift! I’ve been waiting for this game.
You’re probably thinking the same too.
A number of Vainglory android download sources were mentioned, but I really couldn’t find a good guide on how to properly set up the game on my phone and not mess up.
Having figured it out myself eventually, I hope this guide will also help you install Vainglory Android Beta on your Android device (Zenfone 5 for my case) and get pawning ASAP.
Let’s get you gaming!
Installation Guide of Vainglory for Android
1. Setting up your phone
First off, here’s the relevant specs of my Zenfone 5 when I installed the game:
- It runs on Android Lollipop (after Kitkat/v4.4). If you’re using a non-Zenfone device, just having Kitkat 4.4 should be OK.
- While it’s known to only support quad-core devices, it works on Zenfone models (perhaps because of its 64-bit architecture even though it’s a dual-core).
- USB debugging is enabled. This also requires the Developer options to be enabled. If you haven’t yet, here’s how to activate Developer options then enable USB debugging. If you are downloading the installation files through your phone, and provided you have a way of extracting zipped/archived files (e.g. RAR for Android), then this is not necessary.
- Have at least 3 GB of free INTERNAL storage. For this, you might need to uninstall some unused apps or move them to the external storage (SD Card) until you meet the required space.
- Set default installation location to internal storage. You can set this by going to “Settings > ASUS customized settings > App installation settings” then select “Prefer internal storage” (see below).
- Have at least 25% battery. You don’t want installation to get interrupted.
- Connected to the internet. The first time you run the game, it will download additional asset files which will require an internet connection.
If your phone is not on the Lollipop version and it’s not a Zenfone unit, you are still free to try this and see if it works. Doing so shouldn’t affect your system files and your phone’s overall functionality as long as you properly follow the instructions here. If it works, please let us know so we can inform the others. Thanks!
2. [Optional] Uninstall old version of Vainglory
If you have NOT installed any version of Vainglory on your Android phone yet, skip to step 3.
If you have, and are getting a similar prompt below when you try to play the game, then follow the instructions below (specific to Zenfone 5) on how to uninstall the old version first.
- Go to your app drawer and search for the game (Vainglory).
- Tap and hold the Vainglory icon and drag it to the “Uninstall” section in the top-left corner.
Once you’re done, you may reboot your phone to make sure it runs with the default startup settings during installation and avoid conflicts with any other apps running in the background.
3. Downloading the game files
The installation setup requires two files: the Vainglory Android APK and its corresponding game data/cache (folder that goes in the OBB directory). You can download these files through the links below via Google Drive (click the download icon at the top section beside “Open with”):
- Vainglory for Android v1.9 Build 23368 APK [~13.1 MB]
- Vainglory for Android v1.9 Build 23368 Game Data [~623 MB] zipped
Note: If you get any error e.g. “link temporarily disabled” or similar messages when attempting to download, please check again in a few hours, and/or contact us by leaving a comment on any post at our Google+ page.
Place both files in the same directory on your PC (or put them on the desktop) so it’s easier to find them later. Again, if you are downloading the installation files through your phone, and provided you have a way of extracting zipped/archived files (e.g. RAR for Android), then this is not necessary.
Now extract the game data folder from the zipped file so you’ll have a folder named “com.superevilmegacorp.game” alongside the APK file. These are the two that you will need.
Important: Before proceeding, if you already have an older version of the game installed, please uninstall that first.
4. Copying files to internal storage
Using a PC to move the files (instructions for files downloaded via phone are further down below): After preparing the installation files, connect your phone to your PC via USB cable and if prompted with USB options, select to connect your phone as a media device. You should now be able to navigate through your phone storage from your computer.
Double-click on your device (by default it could show up as “ASUS_T00J” if you’re using the same model as mine) and inside double-click on “Internal storage”.
Now do exactly as follows:
- Copy the APK file inside the internal storage root folder. For example, I copied it in “ASUS_T00J > Internal storage”. If you downloaded the files using your phone, simply navigate to where the APK file is, tap-then-hold on it, tap on the copy icon, and then navigate to the internal storage root folder and tap the paste icon to move the file there.
- Next, copy the game data folder inside the “obb” folder of the same storage location. For example, I copied the folder “com.superevilmegacorp.game” to “ASUS_T00J > Internal storage > Android > obb”. If you downloaded the files using your phone, just navigate to “Internal storage > Android > obb”.
Note: If there is already a “com.superevilmegacorp.game” folder in the “obb” directory, delete that one first before copying over the new game data folder.
After all copying finishes, eject/unmount your phone from your computer and then remove the USB cable from the phone. Now you’re ready to install the game.
5. Game installation
On your phone, use File Manager and navigate to where you copied the APK file earlier. Tap on it, and if you properly followed all steps above, you should be able to proceed with the installation by following the onscreen instructions.
That’s it — you can now play Vainglory on your Android device! Awesome, eh?! 🙂
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
If you encountered problems while installing or playing the game, please check out the answers to frequently asked questions below and/or drop by the comments section.
Before anything else and for any kind of problem, ALWAYS try rebooting your device first and see if the installation is fixed and that the game runs. You must be connected to the internet for additional data installation to proceed properly too.
How do I update the game? I cannot update it on my phone.
If your Android device is not officially supported (it likely is if you’re referring to this guide), you won’t be able to update the game over-the-air (via Google Play). You will need to uninstall the current version on your device and install the latest version from the download links provided on this guide.
The game force closes (e.g. “Unfortunately, Vainglory has stopped.”) as soon as I open it after the installation (before getting to the “Installing Data” / downloading asset files screen).
If you’re installing the game on external memory, there’s a good chance that you’ll encounter issues due to possible hardware or software incompatibilities. Some devices may not support installing apps on the external memory.
If you really need to use external memory (e.g. your internal/phone memory is full), try using FolderMount (rooted devices only) or any other similar internal-to-external memory mapping app and then proceed with installing the game in the internal memory.
The game closes/freezes at the “Installing Data” / downloading asset files screen.
Make sure your internet connection (required) is stable and that you have enough phone memory allocated for the game.
The game randomly restarts and/or closes.
This is likely a RAM issue. You might need to close/end background processes and other running apps to allocate more RAM for the game. Worst, it might be time to get a new device with higher RAM.
I tried everything above. What do I do?
Again, try rebooting your device first. If the issue persists, you can try uninstalling the game then do a cache/files cleanup (you can use Clean Master‘s Junk Files cleanup feature for this), then follow the guide carefully when installing again. Make sure you have about 2.5-3 GB of free INTERNAL storage, and your default installation location is set to internal storage.
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Until next time!