Commonly but not necessarily, Google Play Store app will not be found each time you’ve flashed, updated or reinstalled MIUI ROM on your phone. Especially when you’ve flashed MIUI China Stable or Developer edition on any Xiaomi phones such as Redmi 2, Redmi 3, Redmi Note 2, Redmi Note 3 or even Mi 4 and Mi 5. Whatever your Xiaomi phone is, as long as it runs MIUI 6 or 7 and it seems you see no Play Store app in it, so here’s how you can install it.
Basically there are two ways or methods to install Play Store app on your MIUI device: First, by flashing third-party Gapps package using TWRP recovery. I couldn’t say it is easiest one because you’ll need to firstly replace MI Recovery with TWRP. Second, you can also install Play Store app via Mi App Store. Well I’m going to show you the second method which I think it would be easiest for many users.
Also read : Easily install GApps and Play Store using Google Installer v2.
Follow These Steps
Step 1 – Grab your phone and open up the Settings icon. Go to Additional settings >> Privacy >> tick or activate Unknown Sources.
Step 2 – This step is optional. Do this only if your phone connects to the Internet using cellular data network and not wifi. Go to Tools >> Downloads >> Options (the three dots in corner) >> Settings >> Download Size Limit >> then choose Unlimited. See pic below:
Step 3 – Now you will firstly need to install Google Installer. Launch up Mi App Store. Type Google as the keyword in the search field. Look for the Google Installer icon then click on Install.
Wait till the app has been fully installed.
Step 4 – Now open up Google Installer you’ve just installed. You’ll then see a list of available Google Apps (Gapps) to install. Simply look for Google Play then tap on the Install button.
Most probably you’ll be asked to firstly install Google Service Framework. Simply tap on the OK button to continue the process. Once the process has finished, you’ll notice four new Gapps are installed including: Google Service Framework, Google Account Manager, Google Play service and the Google Play Store app itself.
Step 5 – Now go back to Mi App Store and search for Google again. Make sure all Gapps you’ve just installed are up to date. Otherwise you need to update it to avoid “app force close” when you open it.
Step 6 – 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 and login using your Google credentials (or, gmail account). Once logged in, you can simply then install any other apps you think it’s necessary for you. Enjoy..
This trick was found at TeknikIt, so all credits including images go to and belong to that blog.