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What are Gapps and How to Download them

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On various forums and thematic sites, instructions and articles, it is advised to install Gapps (gaps or gaps) What is it? What does it mean? What are they for? Learn from this article.

   What are Gapps (GAPS)?

The Google Apps, – the services and applications provided by Google for using their own Internet services. For example, video hosting YouTube, Gmail, Books, Maps, Google Drive, Photo, Google Play, Search and many others.

If you use native, official firmware, then for sure these services and applications are already installed on your gadget, however, Chinese Android smartphones and tablets may be an exception.
If one of the unofficial firmware is installed, such as LineageOS or AOKP, then you will not find these Google services and applications. That’s why you need to download and install Gapps from custom Recovery. Then you can use all Google services on custom firmware in full!

Where to find and download Gapps?

You can download them as official pages of custom firmware developers, or from alternative resources. Below are the best options from all available:

You can also use an easier and more convenient way to install the latest versions of Gapps using the OpenGapps application.

Install Gapps in one click

To do this, you will need the Open Gapps Manager application, which works on the principle of:

  1. Download the Open Gapps Manager application (APK file) and install it on your Android device. Do not forget to activate the installation from unknown sources!
  2. Go to the installed application, after determining the architecture of the device, then download the new version of the gaps.
  3. If you have Root rights and installed Recovery, you can quickly install the Google application package directly from Open Gapps Manager. Or reboot into Recovery and install manually you need to download the Gapps archive from Recovery.

You can download the new version of the Open Gapps Manager application on the official project page.

What does GAPPS nano, pico, micro, full and others mean?

Gaps, as a rule, are divided by the volume and number of installed Google applications:

  • Pico (the smallest package). Contains files – Google Package Installer, Google Play Services.
  • Nano. Contains files – Google Package Installer, Google Play Services, Device Health Services, Google Markup, Google App (Search).
  • Micro. Contains files – Device Health Services, Gmail, Google App (Search), Google Calendar, Google Pixel Launcher, Google Package Installer, Google Play services, Google Text-to-Speech, Google Wallpapers, Pixel Icons, Pixel Launcher.
  • The Mini. Contains files – Device Health Services, Gmail, Google App (Search), Google Calculator, Google Calendar, Google Clock, Google Maps, Google Messages, Google Pixel Launcher, Google Package Installer, Google Photos, Google Play services, Google Tags, Google Text-to-Speech, YouTube.
  • Of Full. Contains files – Cloud Print, Device Health Services, Gmail, Google Accessibility Suite, Google App (Search), Google Calculator, Google Calendar, Google Chrome, Google Clock, Google Drive, Google Keep Notes, Google Maps, Google Messages, Google News, Google Pixel Launcher, Google Package Installer, Google Photos, Google Play Books, Google Play Games, Google Play Movies & TV, Google Play Music, Google Play services, Google Tags, Google Text-to-Speech, YouTube.

 

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