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.
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.
- 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.