Android Nougat OS has been around for quite a while now, and over the past few months, it has been growing faster than most other Android versions. The OS marks the arrival of many new feature and upgrades for the users. With the Nougat OS, Google also released the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) source code for the users who prefer building custom ROMs. One of the most popular of them is the Lineage OS.With Android Nougat based ROM, also comes the need of Android Nougat Gapps.
- 1 What are Android Nougat Gapps?
- 2 How to Download Android Nougat Gapps?
- 3 Basic Requirements For Installing Android Nougat Gapps:
What are Android Nougat Gapps?
Gapps stands for Google Apps. Those ROMs which are based on AOSP do not release with the Google services pre-installed on to them like the stock android or the skins made by OEMs do. Users need to manually install these Gapps on to the phones by flashing their device with the help of TWRP Recovery or other similar custom recoveries.
The Android Nougat Gapps are pretty useful when it comes to installing the custom ROMs that run on the latest version of the Android OS, similar to CyanogenMod 14/14.1 or LineageOS.
These Gapps are available in various packages ranging from a measly 80-90MB and going all the way to nearly 400MB in size. This depends on what all apps and services a user wants on his phone. The more the apps and services, the more the size of the file.
How to Download Android Nougat Gapps?
1. baNkS’s Dynamic Gapps
There are various kinds of Gapps packages based on what version of ARM your phone uses. However, for those unsure about it, we recommend downloading baNkSs’s Dynamic Gapps for Nougat. These apps come with a script which determines the ARM version and installs the appropriate package. It weighs in at 283MB, and offers all the ‘essential’ apps.
2. OpenGapps 7.1 Packages
The aforementioned baNkS’s dynamic packages are working well for nearly all users on Android 7.0 Nougat OS, but those on Android 7.1 based ROMs like CM 14.1 and LineageOS might face problems with them. However, OpenGapps 7.1 packages offer quite a solution to this problem. Let us take a look all the Android Nougat Gapps packages that OpenGapps 7.1 Packages have to offer:
Stock Nougat Gapps
This is a 490 MB package of Android Nougat Gapps which provide a user with ALL the Gapps that come pre-installed with the Google Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, as well as the Google Pixel smartphone. This is the ‘ultimate collection’ of Android Nougat Gapps.
Full Nougat Gapps
A 440 MB package, which comes with nearly all the Google apps other than basics like SMS, Camera and Browser, etc.
Mini Nougat Gapps
This Android Nougat Gapps package offers the users with some popular Google Apps, and a select few other apps which do not appear on the Play Store for download. This weighs in at just 228MB
Micro Nougat Gapps
Weighing in at 142MB, the Micro Nougat Gapps offer the users with just the popular apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Search/Google Now, and a few other apps that are not available on the Play Store.
Nano Nougat Gapps
Nano Nougat Gapps are an even more stripped down version of the Micro Nougat apps above. However, they still offer the extra apps that cannot be downloaded from the Play Store. The Nano Gapps weigh in at 91MB.
Pico Nougat Gapps
The smallest sized package of the Android Nougat Gapps, the Pico Nougat Gapps offer the users with just the Google Play Store and supporting files that help the play store work!
Basic Requirements For Installing Android Nougat Gapps:
There are four basic things a user needs to make sure of before he begins the process of installing these Gapps on to the smartphone –
- An Android Nougat based ROM – latest versions of the LineageOS, CyanogenMod 14, CyanogenMod 14.1, Paranoid Android all work well.
- Users would also need a custom recovery to flash the Gapps and the ROM on to the phone. TWRP, CWM, PhilZtouch, all work well.
- Users need to ensure they have maximum possible battery life. While it usually takes around 5 minutes to install, the phone needs to have a minimum of 20% battery (We recommend over 80%).
- 150 – 500 MB of free space depending on the package chosen.
For instructions on how to install these Android Nougat Gapps on to their phone, users need to take a look at our step by step guide on how to install lineageOS, which also explains on how to install Gapps.