I finally decided to install CyanogenMod on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon). The installation process went pretty smoothly (I only had to pull the battery twice ;)), but I am having no joy reinstalling all of my Google Play apps. I'm beginning to think I've made terrible a mistake. Does CyanogenMod not integrate with Google the same way that stock Android does? Can I not just enter my Google username and password and redownload all of my apps and settings?

I mean, I knew that the Play Store isn't bundled with CyanogenMod due to licensing issues. But I thought that installing the Play Store was as simple as downloading the APK. So far I've downloaded two versions of the the APK and both crash on launch. I've tried all of the usual things like clearing the app cache and rebooting the phone. I also downloaded a 150 MB "Gapps" package from cyanogenmod.org that I have no idea what to do with. The download page has absolutely no instructions, nor does the package contain a readme. I've read that I need to "flash the apps through recovery", which I can sort of parse, but all of the documentation and explanations I've found this afternoon assume the reader knows more than I do.

Any guidance would be very much appreciated. By all accounts, CyanogenMod is awesome.

Technical details:

  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon)
  • CyanogenMod 11.0-InstallerXNPQ02R (Android 4.4.2)
  • The Google Play app needs to be a system app in order to work; so no, you cannot simply "install an apk". Please see: How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, …) on my Android device? – Izzy Feb 22 '14 at 20:51
  • Sorry, I didn't see that question suggested in the sidebar when I was working on mine. I'll check it out. – Metaphile Feb 22 '14 at 21:58
  • Don't worry. I found it because I knew it's there. One of our "frequent questions". Even I sometimes miss things on search :) – Izzy Feb 22 '14 at 22:00

You simply download the relevant Gapps package (it's a zip file, not an apk) for your version of Cyanogenmod, copy to your SD card like you did with cyanogenmod, and then go into recovery and install (flash) it, again just like you did with Cyanogenmod.

  • I'll try and follow your instructions, but I never copied CyanogenMod to an SD card. The Galaxy Nexus doesn't even have an SD card. I used the CM installer app in conjunction with the Windows installer. – Metaphile Feb 22 '14 at 21:39

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