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I wanted to have an app as a system app without rooting it. I was wondering if it's possible to flash/install an app through custom recovery as we do with Gapps and other stuff.

So, I came up with an idea to flash it via recovery, but I don't know whether it will work or not. If not, is there any other way to make an app a system app without rooting?

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Yes, it is definitely possible and has been done many times. The method to do so is explained in this article.

Briefly, the main steps from the provided link are following:

  1. Download any similar zip template
  2. Extract it; there will be 2 folders - META-INF & system
  3. Make a folder with the name app inside the system folder
  4. Paste your APK files in the app folder
  5. Zip META-INF & system into a file
  6. Flash it
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