How to Install Gapps on Android 6.0 Marshmallow Custom ROMs

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For all AOSP based custom ROMs i.e. CyanogenMod 13, you need to separately flash all the Google apps. These Google apps include some critical apps which are required for Android like the Play Store. The reason why the ROMs don’t come with it is due to large size of these apps which make the whole custom ROM package heavier to download. Therefore, there is a singular package which you can use over all of the custom ROMs called Gapps. Gapps contain all of the absent Google apps including Play Store. It is recommended you install them right after you have flashed the custom ROM. Also, our guide will work for the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow custom ROMs only, please don’t try these on any Android version below this. If you are looking for Gapps, this means you already have a custom recovery installed and have installed or are planning to install a custom ROM. Read further and you will find the exact details in installing latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow Gapps.

Once installed, these apps will behave like normal system apps found on any Android smartphone. We don’t recommend removing these apps but if you want, factory reset your device and freshly install the custom ROM you were running. Also, these apps have been compiled for Android 6.0 Marshmallow, once configured, you would be able to update all of these apps to the latest version via the Google Play Store.

UPDATE: How to Install CyanogenMod 14 (CM14) Gapps with Android 7.0 Nougat

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How to Install CM13 GApps on Android 6.0 Marshmallow custom ROM

Right here we have compiled an easy to follow step by step guide on installing Gapps. Your phone should already have Android 6.0 Marshmallow running. You can also use this process right after you flash the custom ROM and complete all of it’s installation. Both require custom recovery so don’t reboot and follow the steps.

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

To Remember:

  • You should have Android 6.0 Marshmallow custom ROM flashed already.
  • You need to have a custom recovery installed.
  • You can skip installation of Gapps and use your custom ROM but there wont be any Google apps especially the Play Store.

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download latest Gapps from here: Android 6.0 Marshmallow Gapps

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 gapps-600-base-20151112-1-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.

These are crucial system apps and the normal user doesn’t have permission to uninstall them. Like we mentioned previously, to remove these apps you would need to factory reset and install the custom ROM again.

  • Sid

    ITs not working i have YU Yureka and it is not working in twrp while flashing it shows error code 64
    maybe its because of 32 bit or 64 bit
    i have tried flashing around 10 gapps file for marshmallow and none of em r working
    i m running cm 13(unofficial) Android 6.0.2
    help plz

    • lbphond / Remy

      Same.. I searched the internet.. Found no resolution…

    • Ismael Diaz

      Because the architecture is ARM64 and not ARM

  • sdsfs

    worked fine for me

  • Thanks it worked!

  • Martin

    Hello,
    my S2 was updated by nightly update from 5.1.1 to 6.0.1.
    Now GAPPS doesn’t wor anymore.
    Now I try to install the zip file for GAPPS 6.x but the cyanognmod recovery doesn’t offer an option like “Install…”. Does anybody have an idea how to install GAPPS else?
    Thanks

    • Spit_

      looks like Gapps is too big for the S2, but even with the Pico one .. idk what to do

    • srini

      You can install gapps from recovery mode and it is same as how you installed nightly. Mostly u may face with insufficient storage error code 70 for that please follow this link but be careful while proceeding with these steps.
      http://android.stackexchange.com/questions/79112/resize-system-partition-of-galaxy-s-2

      Use twrp recovery it will be useful and easy.

  • srini

    I have gt i9100 flashed with cm13 but when I tried to install gapps it’s showing error code 70 I tried with gapps pico also but showing as insufficient storage. But my mobile has 13 gb free space in sdcard0 and 1.2 gb internal storage.
    Please help me in finding a solution guys……….:)

    • Shyuan

      that’s because /system partition has insufficient storage, this is what happened to me right now. not too sure how to resize it even though trwp has that option.

  • Heertheewaran V

    I am having Yu Yunique…I have flashed cm13 and gapps…Gapps flashed but when i restart i dont get any google apps…..No paly store and account sync….Plzzzz any solution for this…………….

  • Latexi

    Unfortunately, Google Services has stopped?

    Whats wrong? I tried several versions of gapps but still it just crashes as soon as i open my phone.

  • Not work flash installation of gapps. I used to use ressurection remix, in Redmi 2 Xiaomi. Installed CyanogenMod 13. Without gapps. Now, no gapps installs, all display error message on installation. Why?

  • Frederick Kurniawan

    trouble:
    no google play services.
    google play services is the heart of google apps, without this app how these gapps life!?