I have recently installed a custom ROM and cannot find the Play Store. It seems like all apps that belong to Google are missing.
How can I install the Google Apps Package (Play Store, ...) on my Android device?
Only Android devices that are licensed by the Open Handset Alliance contain the so called Google Apps. Usually people associate apps like Google Maps, Google Play Store, etc. with Android, but because of the open-source nature of Android, manufactures can sell Android devices without Google Apps and therefore avoid to pay the license fee.
At first cyanogenmod shipped its ROM with pre-installed Google Apps. In September 2009 the founder of Cyanogen received a cease and desist letter from Google, demanding that the Google Apps not be included in the team's ROMs, since the ROM could be ported to devices which are not licensed to have the Google Apps. In turn, that would bypass the requirement for the devices to be licensed. For a few days, development on the ROM ceased, there were outcries from Android users all over the Internet, and many bloggers suspected Google had just shot itself in the foot.
Eventually, an alternate method was found, whereby Google Apps are not included in the ROM proper but the Google Apps which came with a device would be backed up by the device's custom recovery or another app, and then re-installed onto the device once the new ROM was flashed. This would therefore "Google-ify" one's ROM.
If you don't want to or cannot root your device: (Supported on less devices than the root method, but doesn't require root)
Confirm that your bootloader is unlocked.
Confirm that your device supports either Fastboot or Odin/Heimdall.
If not already installed, install a custom recovery for your device using Fastboot or Odin/Heimdall.
Install a Google Apps Package using the newly installed Custom Recovery.
If root is not a problem: (Supported on more devices)
See if you can root the device
If root then:
I brought my son the Binatone Kidzstar Ulitimate Tablet for xmas which runs on andoid. There is a way of getting content from the google play store (without the need to root) if you own another android device with google play already installed.
On the tablet download the "esfile explorer"(or similar)
On the other device in my case it was a samusng galaxy s3 download "app backup and restore"
Download all the games and apps you want to download on the other device.
Open app backup and restore and backup the apps/games you wish to put onto the tablet.
Remove the SD Card from the other device and put it into the the tablet.
connect the tablet upto a pc and copy the files from the sd card onto the tablet memory.
In the tablet open the ES file explorer and find the files you have just copied and touch each one and it will ask you to install them click yes and the files will be installed onto the android device.
My Samsung Galaxy S2(I-9100) was upgraded to 2.3.6 by the technician at a Samsung Service Station. This resulted in a wiped-off of all the apps that I had installed along with some other data(like contacts,sms etc).
I had to go through the entire procedure of registering your phone with my gmail account.
I cannot install some of the apps that I had previously installed (from the web store) because I cannot choose the device and I get the message "Your device already has this app installed".
Any help would be appreciated.
The issue here is that the uninstall process wasn't registered at Google Play Store.
Without the uninstall process registered, Google Play Store still reports the app as installed on the device that's associated with your Google account.
To overcome this, you need to manually trigger the uninstall from the Google Play Store, within the "MY ANDROID APPS" list:
I have a couple of apps that I've uninstalled from my device and the uninstall process wasn't registered at Google Play Store. I'll use one as a guide:
Access "MY ANDROID APPS" list, search for the desired app and click the recycle bin icon to trigger the uninstall:
After confirming, the app will get marked as "removed":
Now you can access the application at Google Play Store, and install it like you mentioned that you prefer to do:
Error message still appearing
If you've signed in to your device's Google Play Store app, downloaded an item, and your device doesn't appear on the Google Play website, you can try clearing your app's data by following these steps: