How to Install Gapps on Android 7.0 Nougat Custom ROMs
The new Android 7.0 Nougat Operating System is now available for multiple Nexus devices and also, new custom ROMs are being released on the same standard. However, inorder for AOSP custom ROMs to work you need the new Gapps, find out to how to install Android 7.0 Nougat Gapps through the following easy guide. Basically, once developers compile their ROM, they leave out essential Google Apps. What this allows is, smaller overall size for the ROM and easier for users to download. You can just download the Gapps package separately and install it after you install your ROM. Thankfully, Open Gapps have updated their repository and you can download the Gapps package straight from their site. As listed by the team at Open Gapps, the new Android 7.0 Nougat apps are still in beta testing phase and would require patched ROMs to accept the latest APK signatures. CM14 and other AOSP based custom ROMs which are based on the new code are expected to work with this guide. It is recommended you install them right after you have flashed the custom ROM. It is advised you do not try this guide on any other Android version ROM except Android 7.0 Nougat. 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 7.0 Nougat 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 7.0 Nougat, once configured, you would be able to update all of these apps to the latest version via the Google Play Store.
How to Install CM14 GApps on Android 7.0 Nougat custom ROM
Right here we have compiled an easy to follow step by step guide on installing Gapps. Your phone should already have Android 7.0 Nougat 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.
- You should have Android 7.0 Nougat 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.
- This tutorial uses the same instructions as: How to Install Gapps on Android 6.0 Marshmallow ROMs
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download latest Nougat Gapps from the links below:
- ARM Devices: open_gapps-arm-7.0-micro.zip – (Mirror #1)
This is the one you need to install. ARM is the most popular 32-bit platform for Android devices.
- ARM64 Devices: open_gapps-arm64-7.0-micro.zip – (Mirror #1)
This is the new 64-bit platform used on some new devices e.g. Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
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 ZIP FILE 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.