China is one of the few countries in the world with strong internet censorship. It extends from the websites and services and blocks Google apps on Android phones altogether. Lets be clear here. Android does not need Google’s apps to work. It is an open-source OS. However, the Google apps like Play Store, Maps, Play Movies, Play Music etc add lot of value to it. Since Chinese Android phones do not ship with it, learn how to install Google apps like Play Store on Chines Android phones.
This article goes through this process with help of a third-party package installer. It is known as Google Installer 3.0 (formerly 2.0). In order to activate some backend Google services, users are required to install GMSanzhuangqi first. All of these files with installation steps are mentioned below.
What is Google Installer?
The main applications by Google do not work properly if you just install their regular APKs. All Google Apps require some backend services to be installed beforehand. This includes Google Play services and few other. Therefore, in order to save an average user from the hassle of finding all necessary apps and installing one by one, Google Installer provides all-in-one solution. It installs following apps:
- Google Services Framework
- Google Account Management
- Calendar Synchronization Service
- Google Play Service
- Google Contact Synchronization Service
These are the most basic apps that set up Google Play Store on Chinese Huawei Android phones. Moreover, this works for brands like ZTE, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Coolpad, Chuwi, Lenovo, Cube, Teclast, Onda, PiPo, Ployer and OnePlus. There are certainly number of other brands that do not come with Google services pre-installed. This guide caters to all of these devices.
How does Google Installer work?
The basic motivation behind Google Installer is to make it easy setting up Play Store and basic services on Chinese Android phones and tablets. When anyone installs Google Installer APK on their device, it prompts with basic message and introduction of the app. Lets take a deeper look at it and how it works.
It is no secret that China is always taking steps to make sure that entire internet traffic in this country is censored. The most prominent policy in this regard is the “China’s Great Firewall”. This protocol keeps working to ensure that major services like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype and others stay blocked. The main reason is that Govt wants to intercept entire traffic in and out of country. And these companies do not comply with their policies.
Over past few years, people have started believing that Android requires Google. However, this is not entirely true. Android is an open-source OS which was acquired by Google. Actually, it is still an open-source project but Google has integrated lot of its core apps and services with it. Therefore, when using Android without these apps, it feels quite useless. I mean, come on, Play Store has over 30 Million Apps. Android seems lifeless without it.
Play Store in China
Now, one may assume that they can just go on and install Play Store APK. However, it is not possible. These apps require specific backend framework to work. Since it is quite hectic to find all the right apps and install in correct order, Google Installer does that for you. It packages all the required apps to run Play Store on Chinese phones and installs them in specific order. At the end of process, it is ready to use.
Note that, even if someone installs Play Store in China, they cannot use it without VPN. Check out the guide below and learn how to use it inside China without restrictions.
Now that we have this discussion out of the way, lets move on to the installation process.
Download & Install Google Installer APK Chinese Android Phones
- Google Installer APK – v2.0 – Download Here (Phone older than 2018)
- Google Installer APK – v3.0 – Download Here (Phone released in 2018 and onwards)
- GMSanzhuangqi APK (GMS APK) – Download Here
- Go ahead and download the required files on to your phone.
- Open File Manager, navigate to the folder with GMS APK in it.
- Tap on its icon and click on Install.
- Phone may ask you to give permission to Install Anyway. Allow it.
- Once it is installed, go to the folder with Google Installer APK in it.
- Tap on its icon and then on Install.
- It may also require you to install it anyway.
- Next up, open the Google Installer and follow on-screen instructions to install aforementioned Google Apps including Play Store.
That’s pretty much it! Make sure to follow all the steps mentioned here carefully. Note that these steps are for installing Google Apps (Play Store etc) on Chinese Android Phones only. Whether the device came from China or it is just from one of these manufacturers.
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