How to get Google applications like Gmail, Play and YouTube back on a rooted Android phone with custom ROM?

kreiley

When I rooted and flashed a new ROM on a Galaxy S2, everything went smoothly, but all of the “Google parts” aren’t on there. That means no Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Voice, etc. How do you go about getting all of those GAPS back on after flashing a new ROM?

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wstark
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Yeah, those are proprietary apps and not open source like the Android OS. It’s not too bad though, Google makes the GAPS available. Here is a little explanation about it from CyanogenMod forum that explains it more and also has a link to a source for GAPS. It’s just one of those things that goes along with flashing a new ROM. http://forum.cyanogenmod.com/topic/74512-where-is-my-google-account-stuff/

jimlynch
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Is it really worth the headaches to root an Android device? I'd never bother, unless you bought one that you really didn't like. Seems like more of a pain than it's worth, though your mileage may vary.

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