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Flashing custom ROMs just got easier again with Gapps Manager

A new app in the Google Play Store is making the flashing of custom ROMs easier than ever. Gapps Manager will download all the required Gapps for the ROM version that you are about to flash, removing the possibility of getting it wrong and finding yourself with unusable Google apps on your new ROM.

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Flashing the right Gapps package for a new custom ROM just got a whole lot simpler./ © AndroidPIT

All you have to do is install the app, and tap the entry for the Android version of the ROM you'll be flashing, and voila, you'll have a flashable zip package containing the appropriate Gapps. This wasn't exactly a complicated process in the first place, but now it's so easy there's really now reason not to try a custom ROM on your Android. Between ROM Manager, CyanogenMod Installer, Helium and Titanium Backup, ClockworkMod and TWRP, there's really nothing much you can get wrong.

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It's as simple as selecting the Android version your new custom ROM is based on. / © AndroidPIT

Gapps Manager currently supports Gapps packages for ROMs running on Gingerbread (2.3.x(, Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x), Jelly Bean (4.1-4.3.x) and Android 4.4.x KitKat (with or without ART runtime support). It's a free install from the Play Store and is already receiving good ratings from those that have used it. If you want to try flashing custom ROMs with minimal risk, this is an app you can't live without. Enjoy.

Have you installed Gapps manager? Have you successfully flashed your first custom ROM?


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  • It obviously needs to be rooted because you cannot flash custom roms on a non rooted phone.

    • That's not entirely true @Saem. An unlocked bootloader is essential for flashing custom ROMs, but a rooted phone only in some cases. Of course, once you've flashed a custom ROM you'll have root anyway.

  • Once again the article leaves out critical information. For instance, does the device need to be rooted before you can use the app? I assume it does, but it would be nice to make that clear to newbies like myself.

  • I agree with you. There's no learning if at all some problem arises if everything is spoon fed.

  • Nice app, if you like roms this way. I am oldschool, and still like to search the xda forum in order to read reviews and other users comments before flashing anything.