Installing Gapps – Google Services Framework, Play Store, Gmail, etc. – on stock MIUI can be super easy using Google Installer app. This article is will cover an alternative method of what I’ve posted previously (installing Play Store via Mi App Store). Some users still reported about the “force close error” when using Play Store installed via Mi App Store while this method suppose to have no such kind of error.
As you may or may not know that Xiaomi has omitted Google Apps (Gapps) from the stock MIUI ROM because of China’s relevant policies. But that doesn’t mean Xiaomi devices are incompatible with Gapps at all. Users can still download, install and use Gapps freely and easily on their devices.
Meet Google Installer app, a very amazing Android app allows you to have many Google apps installed in a snap. This article shows you how to use it on your MIUI based device.
Anyway, the app has been available in several versions but in this article I use version 2 of the app which is compatible with many latest Xiaomi devices including Mi 5, Mi 4s, Redmi 3 and Redmi Note 3. Read on!
Install Play Store on MIUI Device
Step 1 – Play Store is downloadable and install-able via Google Installer so you have to firstly grab the app. Download the installer app here. As usual, you’ll get a .zip file containing several .apk files. Now extract the .zip file then copy those .apk files into your phone’s storage.
Step 2 – Grab your phone and open up the Settings icon. Go to Additional settings >> Privacy >> tick or activate Unknown Sources. This will allow you to install any .apk file other than the ones downloaded from official App Store.
Step 3 – Now on your phone, go to Tools >> File Explorer >> APKs >> then tap on Google_Installer_2.0.apk. This will install the Google Installer app on your phone. Just follow through the direction / process. Just tap OK then Install but never tap on Launch at anytime during / after the installation.
Step 4 – Go back to the front page of your phone. Look for and tap on the Google Installer v2 icon (as shown below) to launch it.
Step 5 – Once launched, tap on the blue Install button then wait till the process reached 100%. The process will install Google Services Framework, Account Manager, Play service, Calendar synchronization, and Contact synchronization service. Just tap in Install then OK when asked.
Step 6 – At some point you’ll need to login using your Google credentials (or gmail account) and the app will be busy syncing contacts. Just follow the whole process till it finished.
Step 7 – Done? Now open up File Explorer again the tap on APKs. Now install the rest .apk files: Google Play Services and Google Play Store.
Step 8 – The system will then ask for a confirmation of replacing existing app. Simply tap OK then Install. Replacing existing Google Play Services and Store app is necessary to avoid any compatibility issue, system error and performance sluggishness.
Step 9 – Finally, restart your phone to make sure all Google Services will load completely. One your phone has restarted, try launching up Google Play for the very first time by tapping on its icon.