Install Google apps/ Gapps without flashing via custom recovery or ADB 

Read the whole guide before proceeding. 

Also DO AT YOUR OWN RISK. 

Remember you are messing with your ROM files.

You are probably here because you don’t have a Custom Recovery or means push Gapps via ADB.

Don’t worry, I have the solution for you

❇ Method One: The easy way

Flash Gapps with Flash Gordon (XDA guide)

I tried this app but it didn’t work for me. That’s how I discovered the second method. 

 Method Two: The hard way

What you will be doing: 

When you flash the Zip file, shell commants are used to install and place files in their respective directories, here you will be doing it manually.

Tools needed:

 Gapps (not mine, found from this link) Make sure you have the correct file for your Android version. 

✴ Xplore File Manager (Root browser or any other root browser will work but I recommend Xplore)

    • Step One: 

    Change Super User access to  

    Superuser+Mount writable

    from preference

    • Step Two: 

    Depending on the Gapps.zip you downloaded there will be files with your processor (arm, x84 etc and a Common folder too).

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    Extract the selected folders to a common place, (it’s OK to extract what you need as you go along too.)

     -Make sure you extract files from the folder with your CPU architecture-

    Irrespective of the file that you’ve downloaded those are the files that we need.

    • Step Three:

    Insall the .apk files from Gapps/system/apps and Gapps/system/priv-app folders 

    (you can skip apps like YouTube or Chrome if you want)

    • Step Four

    The apps you installed will be installed as as User Apps. 

    Now we have to make them System App

    Go to Root➡ data➡ app

     The apps will be installed in the folder like this:

    • Rename those folders to the corresponding name found in the Gapps.zip file

    eg.: com.android.vending-1 to Phonesky 

    Now to make them system files. 

    1. Move folders originally from “apps”  folder to  Root➡System➡app 
    2. Move folders originally from “privapps” to Root➡System➡Priv-app

    Now these apps are “System apps” (after reboot – don’t reboot now)

    • Step Five:

    Open Gapps/System/etc/permissons

    Select all of the files inside /permissions and move them to Root➡System➡etc➡permissons

    Replace if any files with the same name exists

    Make sure you dont replace the “permissons” folder itselfOnly the files inside /permissions.

    • Step Five:

    Move files inside Gapps/system/framework to RootSystemframework

    Step Six: 

    Move files from Gapps/system/lib to Rootsystemlib

    Replace any files, if needed. 

    Step Seven: 

    Reboot and enjoy Google’s services!

    • Reboot will take a bit than normal, don’t worry. Unless of course something went wrong and your phone is bricked
    • M

      y play store was crashing once in a while, I rebooted my phone again its fine ever since

    • Step Eight:

    This step is optional; 

    After successful installing Gapps I found my play store was an old version. I updated play services via Store and couldn’t update play store. 

    If you want to update the app click here. (8.0.23)

    Please comment, if you need help. I’ll do what I can.

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