Android 13 is the latest version of the world’s most popular smartphone operating system, and as is the case with most new software releases, a few random scams are always passed around. Over the past few months, “Adrod 13”, pitched as an Android 13 installer, has been making the rounds on TikTok.
What is the ‘Adrod 13’ installer?
Going back to some popular TikTok videos from July and August of this year, “Adrod 13” is an APK that is positioned as a poorly made Android 13 installer. Opening the app shows an “install” button and the Android 13 Easter Egg icon.Read:Obsidian’s Pentiment Arrives This November
Pressing that “install” button takes the screen over with a message that says “system destroyed” and a toast message that says “bro ur phone is bricked”.
Videos played from this app have racked up millions of views, but is this actually doing any harm?
This is the somewhat good news.
People who make these videos don’t actually “destroy” their phones. Our own Dylan Roussel dove into one of the APKs and found that it’s a very simple build that only shows this warning image and a toast message. There’s nothing particularly worrying, at least in the version we found. Looking at the app under the hood really shows how simple it is, with the source obviously based on Google’s App Inventor tool.
It’s pretty obvious that this was made solely “for the memes”, and nothing more.Read:Grand Theft Auto V Mod For PC Looks Like Grand Theft Auto VI
Butthis does not mean that you need to install the app.
While the version we dived into seems safe, you never know what you’ll get if you download an unknown APK like this, and there are certainly multiple versions out there. The files generally seem to be hosted on random file sharing websites and there is no apparent single source. This version was created by “pocoguy.exe” on TikTok, but we’re not sure if it’s the original (it’s definitely an early version though).
Please don’t download random APKs you see on social media. It’s not worth the risk.
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article.Read:Flashback: 15 years of Gorilla Glass on phones
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