How to Install C-Apps in CyanogenMod 12.1 / CM13 Android Phones

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CyanogenOS and CyanogenMod are two different ROMs. CyanogenOS is offered as a pre-installed, official OS on phones like the Yureka and OnePlus while CyanogenMod is a community project for a variety of devices. In order to close the gap between these two, Cyanogen is now offering optional C-Apps that can be installed on any device running CM12.1 or CM13 custom ROM compiled after Nov 10, 2015. C-Apps are basically a number of apps which come pre-installed only on a CyanogenOS device. Thankfully, to the C-Apps zip package, you can now install them on any Android device running CyanogenMod custom ROM.

C-Apps flashable package is only meant to be installed on the latest CM12.1 custom ROMs, it wont be a surprise if they don’t work as mentioned on other custom ROMs. In order to install C-Apps on your device, follow the detailed steps given below. If you have flashed Gapps before, this wouldn’t be much different. The only requirements are you have CM12.1 or CM13 running along with a custom recovery.

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Apps included in C-Apps Package

  • Theme Chooser with per-app theming
  • Theme Store
  • AudioFX
  • Cyanogen Accounts
  • Gallery
  • Dialer with TrueCaller integration
  • Email powered by Boxer

How to Install Cyanogen Apps in CyanogenMod

We have put together a detailed step-by-step instructions guide on how to install Cyanogen Apps Package (C-Apps) on an Android phone running CyanogenMod ROM. If you are used to installing system mods on your phone, then this should not be any different for you.

Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.

To Remember:

  • For full support, you need to be on CM12.1 or CM13 which was compiled on or later than 10th November 2015.
  • You need to have a custom recovery installed in order to flash C-Apps zip package.
  • This is an optional download and doesn’t come pre-installed in any official CyanogenMod custom ROM.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download C-Apps from here: CyanogenMod C-Apps

Step 2 – Place the downloaded zip file to the root of your device.

Step 3 – Power OFF your device and boot into Recovery Mode [Read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone].

Step 4 – In custom recovery, scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the POWER button to select it.

Step 5 – Press the POWER button again and select “choose zip from sdcard”.

Step 6 – Now using your VOLUME keys, navigate to capps-release.zip (or capps-13.0-20160707-signed.zip) and select it using the POWER button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.

Step 7 – After the installation completes, go to “Go Back” and reboot the device by selecting the Reboot option from the recovery menu. The device will boot now.

You will now have all the apps installed. You can view them in the app drawer and use them like normal apps.

As these are installed by the recovery and are designed for system purposes, you would not be able to uninstall them via the normal procedure. If you wish to install, you would need to factory reset your device and flash CM12.1 / CM13 again.

  • Mohamad Wahba

    i know it says I have to be on a CM12.1 higher to install it but I wonder if there is anyway to bring it to OPX ?

    • May be when CM12.1 / CM13 comes out for the OPX?

  • subin

    im getting an error “error executing updater binary in zip”…please help me fix this

    • If someone else is having this problem, I solved it by mounting system in TWRP, just go to “Mount” menu and check “System”.

  • Suhail Umar

    I’m trying with Lenovo Zuk Z1.
    There’s no option to select Flash Zip from SD Card. What to do?

    I’m not able to call anyone or anything because of the error in creating a Cynogen OS profile. Any solutions?