You can now download the official GApps Android 10 package for AOSP based custom ROMs. Open Gapps, a popular entity that provides Google apps that can be installed on custom ROMs has just released much awaited Android 10 Google apps package. Available just like older flash-able ZIPs, new Android 10 Gapps can be easily installed on top of custom ROMs via a custom recovery like TWRP. This time round, Open Gapps has been a little late in releasing new Google apps partly because Android’s source code was heavily reworked for version 10. Nonetheless, the apps are available now and you can download them for your Android phone.
To make custom ROMs lighter and for better security, AOSP based ROMs don’t come with Google apps. This means, once you flash the custom ROM and boot it right after, you wont have Google Play Store and other essential Google apps. To get these necessary services and stock Google apps, you need to separately flash the Gapps Android 10 package. This ZIP package consists of a number of Google apps like the Play Store, Google Play Services, Google Search, Chrome etc. We highly doubt you’d want to use your Android 10 custom ROM without this Gapps package.
Android 10 Google Apps (Open Gapps):
Similar to how older releases were offered in various sizes, new Android 10 Gapps are available in Nano as well as Pico. Other variations will be added later on, hopefully. If you want the bare minimum Google Play Store installation capability, you can go with Pico and save up on data, otherwise Nano is a better albeit larger option that comes with added Google Play Services and Google app functionality that isn’t available through Play Store.
If you want more details on the differences between ‘pico’ and ‘nano’ type packages, visit our main Download Gapps section.
For now, developers have stated that there are few issues in the apps. If you do not use the following apps, you should be good to go.
- Photos app force closes
- Using Pixel Launcher with Q gesture system will result in Force Close
You are safe if you do not use these two apps. There are plenty of alternatives you can try out.
List of Google Apps in GApps Android 10 Package:
As mentioned, a number of Google apps are included in this package. Most Google apps included are the ones we commonly use, like Gmail or Google Keep. So if you want to know what’s included, here is a list:
- Google App
- Google Framework
- Google Core Apps
- Google Play Services
- Google Phone
- Google Contacts
- Google Calculator
- Google Play Music
- Google Play Games
- Google Drive
- Google Calendar
- Google Chrome
- Google Duo
- Google Maps
- Google TTS
- Google Photos
- Google Messages
- Google Assistant
- Google Lens
- Google Clock
- Google Play Store
Download GApps Android 10 ZIP:
As mentioned, this Gapps (Google Apps) package is available in various sizes for different types of architectures. However, only two of them are available as of right now – for ARM and ARM64. You can download the latest ones from the links below.
For ARM Architecture:
ARM devices are based on 32-bit architecture, you can check if your device is based on ARM by looking at its processor model and finding which architecture it utilizes.
For ARM64 Architecture:
These packages are for ARM devices based on 64-bit architecture. This is the most common type of architecture on phones these days – launched in the year 2019 and later.
For x86 Architecture:
These ZIP files are for phones running Intel x86 processors and 32-bit Android.
For x86_64 Architecture:
These Google Apps work on Intel based x86 processors that support 64-bit Android.
For installation instructions, we have a tutorial below that you can follow to install GApps Android 10 package on any custom ROM.
NOTE: Read our Gapps guide for detailed information on the differences between each package as well as get older Gapps version: Download Google Apps for Android (All Versions).
One thing to note here is, the same Gapps package may not be suitable for every custom ROM out there. Google Apps packages are mostly valid for AOSP based ROMs that do not have Google Play services built-in.
How to Install Android 10 GApps ZIP on Custom ROMs
This tutorial will help you install Android 10 Gapps on your device. You can flash this Gapps package on your device if just installed an AOSP based custom ROM or you have a phone without Google services on it. You need to keep these Android 10 Gapps in handy when playing with AOSP ROMs because they do not have Google Play services built into them. It’s not like you cannot use the ROM without this package, it’s just that you will not able to download apps from the Google Play Store. You will need alternative app stores then.
Unlike custom ROMs that are device-specific, Gapps are more general / universal. You only have to make sure of what architecture your device utilizes (64-bit for most modern phones / 32-bit for older, budget devices). After you have that figured out, you can simply download and flash the complete correct package right after installing your ROM.
There is a new version of Google Apps released for every new version of Android. Similarly, Android 10 brought a new set of Gapps for newer phones that will be using this new version of Android OS.
Here are the complete instructions on how you can install Android 10 Gapps on your phone with AOSP based custom ROM. It is essential that you have Android 10 running as these Google Apps are targeted towards that specific version. Check our Custom ROMs section for the latest Android 10 ROMs. Further, the installation is just like installing a custom ROM and requires a custom recovery already installed on your device. If you do not have a custom recovery installed, please check our TWRP section for tutorials.
Once you complete the installation of your custom ROM, follow the steps below. Please read every line carefully and make sure you read the tutorial once before actually performing it on your Android device.
- You should have Android 10 custom ROM flashed already, based on AOSP code.
- You need to have a custom recovery installed, like TWRP.
- You can skip installation of Gapps and use your custom ROM but there wont be any Google apps or Google account support, especially the Google Play Store.
Complete Step-By-Step Instructions:
Step 1 – Download Android 10 Gapps. You can also download for ARM32 and ARM64 types from the links below:
- ARM64 Devices: gapps-arm64-10.0-nano.zip
- ARM Devices: gapps-arm-10.0-nano.zip
Step 2 – Place the downloaded zip file to the root of your device. (At the very top folder (root) of your SD card or internal storage)
Step 3 – Power OFF your device and boot into Recovery Mode [Read: How to Enter Recovery Mode on Any Android Phone].
Step 4 – In custom recovery, scroll down to “flash zip from SD card” and press the POWER button to select it.
Step 5 – Press the POWER button again and select “choose zip from sdcard”.
Step 6 – Now using your VOLUME keys, navigate to ZIP FILE and select it using the POWER button. Confirm the installation on the next screen and the installation procedure should start now.
Step 7 – After the installation completes, go to “Go Back” and reboot the device by selecting the Reboot option from the recovery menu. The device will boot now.
You will now have all the Google apps installed. You can view them in the app drawer and use them like normal apps.
These are crucial system apps and the normal user doesn’t have permission to uninstall them. Like we mentioned previously, to remove these apps you would need to factory reset and install the custom ROM again.
If you happen to use an Android device that is a Chinese variant and it doesn’t have Google Play Store or other Google apps, we can help you: How to Install Google Play Store on Android Phones.