How To Download and Install Google Apps

If you want to access the glory that is Google apps and services on your Android phone, you need Google Apps, or GApps. Each GApps package will include Play, Camera, Keyboard, Gmail and much more. Of course, if you have the Play store, along with obligatory Play Services, you’ll have access to the entire catalogue of Google content whether it’s apps, music, movies, books and more. It’s the holy grail, baby. Here we will show you how to get the most recent GApps package and install it on your device.
In this article we will assume you have Root Access and a Custom Recovery. If not, we have guides on how to root your Android device and how to install a custom recovery.

When installing GApps, you’ll want to make sure that you install the version that matches your Android ROM. For example, if you are running Android 4.4 Kit Kat, download and install GApps for KitKat. You can find your Android version number by going to Settings and About device. It’s as easy as cheesy.

Step 1: Download

There are several places where you can download GApps. Use the link below, and choose the right version for your phone.

  Download GApps Here

Once the file is downloaded, save it to your SD Card. If you don’t have an SD Card, do not fret my pet, just save it to a folder on your device that you will remember like Downloads.

Step 2: Boot into Recovery

Now that you have your GApps file, boot into recovery using your recovery combo buttons. If you don’t know which buttons to press, to access recovery, take a look at our handy guide on just that topic. If you want to get right to it, Hold Vol Down + Power for 5 seconds, which should work on most phones.

Once you are in recovery, you should see something like this (within this article we’ll show how things look on TWRP on the left, and ClockworkMod on the right)…

image08TWRP Recovery Screen
clockworkClockworkMod Recovery Screen

Step 3: Find the file and flash it

Now go ahead and select “Install”Step 3: Flash GApps…

image04Installing on TWRP
Installing on ClockworkMod
image01Select ZIP in TWRP
Choose ZIP in ClockworkMod

Step 4: Flash that shiz

Once you have selected your GApps file, it’s time to flash the file!

image05Flash dat file in TWRP!
flashcwmFlash dat file in ClockworkMod!

Step 5: Clear yo’ cache!

After the install is complete, back out and clear your cache…

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After you have cleared the cache, reboot your phone. You should now have successfully installed GApps. You did a great job and I’m very proud of you.

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.

Darth Maul (A New Hope)