Missing Play Store, GMail, and Other Google Apps after Installing Custom ICS/Jelly Bean ROM! [GAPPS]

If you are missing Play Store, GMail, and other Google Apps after installing a custom ICS/Jelly Bean ROM such as CM9, CM10, and AOKP, it’s because these ROMs require you to install Google Apps separately.

Why?

When CyanogenMod ROM first came out with Nexus One, Google asked CyanogenMod team to not include Google Apps in their ROMs and sent a “cease and desist” letter.

Because of this, since September 2009, many CM9/CM10/AOKP custom ROMs have the

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How Do you Change Boot Animation on Android?

How Do you Change Boot Animation on Android?

If you have an Android device with a custom ROM or kernel that supports boot animations, you can simply download any boot animations from AndroidBootAnimation.com, then place the bootanimation.zip file in /system/media folder using ES File Explorer app (free on Play Store) and enable “Root Explorer” and “System Mount” in settings.

Video tutorial:

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I have no Flash Player! [Download Flash Player]

I have no Flash Player! [Download Flash Player]

If you don’t have flash player on your Android device, it’s because Adobe discontinued it. But you can download it here, download this APK file and use ES File Explorer app(available on Play Store) to install it.

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After Installing Custom ROM on HTC One X, Phone Does Not Boot! [Bootloop]

After Installing Custom ROM on HTC One X, Phone Does Not Boot! [Bootloop]

Some ROMs on the HTC One X may require you to install boot.img(kernel) separately, you will have to manually install it using fastboot command line.

For instructions, please see: http://onexroot.com/one-x-roms/how-to-install-rom-and-boot-image-on-htc-one-x/

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How Do I Backup and Restore Contacts When Flashing New Custom ROMs?

How Do I Backup and Restore Contacts When Flashing New Custom ROMs?

If you are going to be flashing new custom ROMs or want to be free from worrying about your contacts, simply use a GMail account for all your contacts.

When you sign into GMail, your contacts are automatically backed and and also restored from GMail contacts list.

Even if you don’t use GMail, I highly suggest you make a dummy account just for your contacts.

I own around 20 Android smartphones and whenever I get a new phone, I just sign into my GMail and instantly my contacts are instantly restor

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Phone Rebooting While Installing ROM in TWRP!

Phone Rebooting While Installing ROM in TWRP!

This can happen if your microSD card or internal storage goes bad, try doing a factory reset in stock recovery and/or format your microSD/internal storage in fat32 using your computer.

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How to Fix MD5 mismatch in ClockworkMod Recovery Backup/Restore!

How to Fix MD5 mismatch in ClockworkMod Recovery Backup/Restore!

If you get MD5 mismatch while trying to restoring a ROM in ClockworkMod Recovery, that’s most likely due to the fact that you probably re-named your backup folders. When you re-name backup folders, make sure you don’t add SPACES or other weird characters.

How to fix this? Simply re-name the backup folders so they don’t contain spaces and weird characters. Then try restoring, it should work.

However, if you didn’t re-name them, you probably just have a bad backup.

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What is GB, ICS, and JB Acronyms on Android?

GB, ICS, and JB acronyms on Android stand for:

GB= Gingerbread, Android 2.3.X (2.3.4, 2.3.5, 2.3.6) ICS = Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0.X (4.0.3,4.0.4) JB = Jelly Bean, Android 4.1.X (4.1, 4.1.1)

These acronyms are for Android operating system version names. You can check your current Android operating system in “About Phone” under “Settings” on any Android device.

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When I Install Custom ROM, does it Install/Overwrite Kernel?

When I Install Custom ROM, does it Install/Overwrite Kernel?

Yes, when you install a new custom ROM, in 99% of cases, it will overwrite/install a new kernel that comes with the ROM.

Why is this?

This is because ROMs come with kernels. Kernels are part of the ROM in essence. However if you want to run another kernel, it’s simple as flashing your desired kernel over the ROM in ClockworkMod Recovery after installing ROM.

Also, kernels must be compatible with the ROM you are installing.

In most cases, Gingerbread kernels are only compatible with Gingerbread RO

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Can you Unlock SIM on my Android Smartphone by Rooting?

Can you Unlock SIM on my Android Smartphone by Rooting?

A lot of people get “unlocking” confused with “rooting”.

First of all, “rooting” an Android smartphone device means you get full control (admin access) over your phone’s operating system.

However, “unlocking” is different, that is for unlocking SIM locks, which many carriers such as AT&T or T-Mobile put on their phones so customers need a special unlock code if they want to use it on another carrier.

You can usually get unlock code to unlock the SIM on your

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I cannot Install Any Apps From Play Store After Installing ROM!!! [ERROR MESSAGES]

I cannot Install Any Apps From Play Store After Installing ROM!!! [ERROR MESSAGES]

Sometimes this may happen to you where you cannot install any apps from the Play Store or get error messages while trying to download apps after installing a new custom ROM on your Android smartphone.

Usually, this problem can be fixed by wiping cache and dalvik cache in CWM (ClockworkMod) Recovery and rebooting.

Why does this happen?

Cache and Dalvik cache are “temporary files” that reside in your Android operating system. Sometimes, they can still contain old data from you

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