The million dollar question. GApps is the abbreviation that forums and developers have given to Google Applications, translated into Spanish as “Google Apps”. Indeed, GApps are installation packages that have different Google applications and drivers, which we must install on our device to, for example, have Google Play or Google’s synchronization services.
In general, they usually come in a .zip format that we can flash – that is, install in the system – through the modified recovery of our phone. What does this mean? That to install a package of Google applications via recovery we need to have our device rooted, although I imagine that if you are reading this you already knew it.
Surely you see that people in the forums say they prefer to install a package or another and write as things like “I always install the nano” or “The best is the peak.” That’s because Google applications come in packages, and depending on the package come one or other applications. If you want to know which one interests you the most, here we leave you all the packages that exist and what each one includes.
Why do you need Nougat Gapps?
Since AOSP based ROMs don’t come with Google services pre-installed, you need to manually install them by flashing a compatible Gapps package from TWRP or any other custom recovery. Android Nougat Gapps will come in handy if you’re installing an Android 7.0 based AOSP ROM like CM14. We’ll release the first set of Android Nougat Gapps once factory images of Nougat update are available for supported Nexus devices. Android Nougat Gapps will be available in various sizes, from a small/minimal package of 80-90MB to full-blown 400MB size zips.
Installing Android 7.0 Nougat Gapps is similar to flashing any .zip file from a custom recovery. If you’re on TWRP, simply go to install menu and select the Nougat Gapps package you downloaded on the device. Check out the guide below for detailed instructions to flash Android 7.0 Gapps.
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Dynamic Gapps for Nougat (283 MB):
Dynamic Nougat Gapps is the best package if you’re not sure which version of ARM your device belongs to as the script does it all for you. Plus, it’s the least cluttered and minimal gapps package that works for all types of Android 7.0 ROMs. Dynamic Nougat Gapps package includes a combination of Google Apps which most users need or use on their Android devices.
Download Mini Dynamic Nougat Gapps (supports all ARM, ARM64 devices)
OpenGapps Android 7.1 Gapps
Stock Nougat Gapps (490 MB):
This is the most appropriate package for most devices, comes with all Google Apps that come pre-installed on the Nexus 6P and 5X.
Full Nougat Gapps (441 MB):
This is a slightly modified Stock Gapps package which doesn’t replace some of the AOSP apps like Browser, Camera, SMS app, etc.
Mini Nougat Gapps (228 MB):
This is the ideal package if you don’t want to go in with all the Apps Google offers on newer Android devices. It contains the popular Google apps, plus some more apps that aren’t up for download on the Play Store.
Micro Nougat Gapps (142 MB):
This is even tighter than the Mini package, contains only the most popular apps: Gmail, Calendar and Google Search (Now), plus some more apps that aren’t up for download on the Play Store.
Nano Nougat Gapps (91 MB):
This is another level down from the Micro package above, but it still includes extra apps that aren’t up for download on the Play Store.
Pico Nougat Gapps (49 MB):
This only gets you the Play Store app, plus framework files required to make Play Store work. Nothing else.
Pre-requisites for installing Nougat Gapps
To install Android Nougat Gapps to your Android device you must have the following installed on your device:
- An Android 7.0 Nougat based AOSP ROM like CM14, Paranoid Android, SlimROM, etc.
- A custom recovery — TWRP, CWM, PhilZtouch, etc.
- At least 20% battery on the device.
└ Although, installing Nougat Gapps won’t take more than 3-5 minutes. But make sure you’ve ample battery should things go wrong.
- At-least 150MB or 500MB of free space (depending on the Nougat Gapps package you chose) on your device.
How to Install Android 7.0 Nougat Gapps
- Download and transfer Nougat Gapps package to your device.
- Boot into custom recovery (TWRP preferably).
- Install/Flash the Nougat Gapps package .zip file you transferred in Step 1.
- Reboot phone.