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I have recently installed a custom ROM and cannot find the Play Store. It seems like all apps that belong to Google are missing.

How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, ...) on my Android device?

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The official site to download the Google apps is goo.im/gapps. –  t0mm13b Aug 18 '12 at 16:11
@tomm13b: Cyanogenmod are not "official", the only official distribution of Gapps is from manufacturers that shipped a device that passes the CTS and Google Play for updates. –  Lie Ryan Aug 20 '12 at 1:44

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Only Android devices that are licensed by the Open Handset Alliance contain the so called Google Apps. Usually people associate apps like Google Maps, Google Play Store, etc. with Android, but because of the open-source nature of Android, manufactures can sell Android devices without Google Apps and therefore avoid to pay the license fee.

Custom ROMs

At first cyanogenmod shipped its ROM with pre-installed Google Apps. In September 2009 the founder of Cyanogen received a cease and desist letter from Google, demanding that the Google Apps not be included in the team's ROMs, since the ROM could be ported to devices which are not licensed to have the Google Apps. In turn, that would bypass the requirement for the devices to be licensed. For a few days, development on the ROM ceased, there were outcries from Android users all over the Internet, and many bloggers suspected Google had just shot itself in the foot.

Eventually, an alternate method was found, whereby Google Apps are not included in the ROM proper but the Google Apps which came with a device would be backed up by the device's custom recovery or another app, and then re-installed onto the device once the new ROM was flashed. This would therefore "Google-ify" one's ROM.


How to install Google Apps?

Generally speaking:

  • If you don't want to or cannot root your device: (Supported on less devices than the root method, but doesn't require root)

    1. Confirm that your bootloader is unlocked.

    2. Confirm that your device supports either Fastboot or Odin/Heimdall.

    3. If not already installed, install a custom recovery for your device using Fastboot or Odin/Heimdall.

    4. Install a Google Apps Package using the newly installed Custom Recovery.

  • If root is not a problem: (Supported on more devices)

    1. See if you can root the device

    2. If root then:

      • If possible: Install the Google Apps package for your Android version
      • If not possible: Install ROM (if exists) with Google Framework.

Further References

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As detailed in the FAQ, download the appropriate gapp from this site

Then install it using recovery.

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