In the customized Android system, all pre-installed google apps are missing and it's not allowed to add google account. I downloaded the Gapps from http://goo.im/gapps, but I cannot install the apps due to signature issue

Is there other possible way to retrieve the "add google account" option back?



I wasn't aware that I need to push the Gapps into /system/app to avoid signature problem. When I did, it works!

2 Answers 2


That's pretty normal for (almost) all Custom ROMs: They are not permitted to include Google Apps. GApps are proprietary, and to ship them bundled with anything requires an explicit license from Google.

However, Custom ROMs come rooted usually. and also usually, you (at least in most cases) have a custom recovery when installing them. So if you feel you need a way, you've got two choices primarily:

  • pick the GApps package corresponding to your Android version from Goo.im, and flash them via your custom recovery, or
  • head over to XDA and check for the NOGAPPS packages if you prefer an open-source replacement

Google Apps (Gapps) is the only way to sync with Google. Whatcustom ROM have you downloaded, and which device do you own? Try to find Gapps installation somewhere else.

  • I built my own ROM from the source code. And I am using Nexus 4. I wonder if I need to add something into the source code before re-compile
    – Jin
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 20:20
  • If this question is about programming, try to ask at StackOverflow (I know that SO don't specialize in Android Dev, but they have the "android" tag.) Alternatively, you can try to ask in XDA-Developers, great forum.
    – matan129
    Commented Feb 21, 2014 at 20:25

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