There are a few different tools out there that you can use to convert.apk files to.bar files on a Computer. Check out this great thread in the forums for some great pointers of where to get these tools from. Some work better than others.
Next is the process by which you'll be uploading the.BAR file to your PlayBook or to service provider for you. You'll also need to have the PlayBook connected to your Wi-Fi network since the first time you do this it will ask if you want to send the packages.
With everything loaded and ready, the first step is to load the BlackBerry APK Packager tool. You can launch it via the Start->All Programs->CrackBerry->BPK Packager or via typing in the address of the website: http://help.crackberry.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=12711 . Once loaded, you'll need to choose the Destination where you want to save the packager. Simply click Upload > Package (in the top menu bar), and you can see all of the.apk files you have on your computer as there to upload.
Then it's simply a matter of uploading the.BAR file to your PlayBook or to your service provider for you. This is as straightforward as it gets. Simply click the Browse button (referring to your PlayBook), you'll see the options to browse to the folder location for the.BAR file or the service provider. From there you simply click Upload > Package, and the package, to your devices, is complete.
Lastly, before you can turn on your new BlackBerry PlayBook you need to be connected to the internet at least so that it will be able to download updates to your device. However, once the PlayBook is fully updated, you will be able to download the latest apps for your PlayBook.
The second thing you should know is that this guide won't cover how to convert the.APK file you already have on your device, but rather, it will cover how to convert a new.APK file pulled off of your Android device. Each screen shot shows the last screen shot, which is the original app's.APK and the first screenshot is the converted.BAR file. There are a few things that you'll notice along the way, and we will break those down as we get to them. d2c66b5586