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How to Install Gapps on Android 9.0 Pie Custom ROMs

Google launched its newest Android revision, Android 9.0 Pie and with this guide, you can download and install Gapps (Google apps) for custom ROMs compatible with this version. With any new Android release, there are always older devices which get dropped from support. Further, there are also quite a few devices which are set to receive the update but haven’t gotten it yet. For these, there are Android 9.0 Pie custom ROMs available which users can immediately try out. As most of custom ROMs rely on Android Open Source Project (AOSP), users are also required to manually install stock Google apps. This is where this Gapps package comes in handy. Right ahead, we have Android 9.0 Pie Gapps available for ARM64 (64 Bit) and ARM devices that can be easily installed via a custom recovery.

For easier use, Gapps are built from the ground up in multiple variants. Main difference in each one is the number of stock Google apps they come equipped with. Our guide sets you up with the basic few utilities which you would need such as Google Play Store, Gmail and others. Fast download links for Gapps compatible with Android 9.0 Pie right ahead.

RELATED: Do you want to know when is your Android device getting the Android 9.0 Pie update? Check out daily updated list: Android Pie Release Date for Android Phones.

Install Gapps on Android 9.0 Pie ROMs

How to Install GApps (Google Apps) on Android 9.0 Pie Custom ROMs

Below are the complete instructions on how you can install Gapps on your phone running Android 9.0 Pie. It is essential that you have Android 9.0 Pie running as these apps are targeted towards that specific version. Further, the installation is just like installing a custom ROM and requires a custom recovery installed on your device. Once you complete the installation of your custom ROM, follow the steps below.

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 9.0 Pie 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 or Google account support, especially the Google Play Store.
  • This tutorial uses the same instructions as: How to Install Gapps on Android 8.0 Oreo ROMs

Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:

Step 1 – Download latest Pie Gapps from the links below:

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.

If you happen to use an Android device that is a Chinese variant and it doesn’t have Google Play Store or other Google apps, we can help you: How to Install Google Play Store on Android Phones.

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