How to Install Google Play/Google Apps on Xiaomi Phones

If you’ve recently purchased a Xiaomi smartphone, you’ll have noticed that Google Apps and services are not installed. Instead, Xiaomi includes their own marketplace, where users can download apps. Although this is useful, many of the apps’ names are dubbed in Chinese and not all apps are available. To install Google Play and other Google apps such as Gmail, Google Drive, Google Translate, Google Maps and others, follow the tutorial below.

This works will all Xiaomi devices including the Xiaomi M2s, Xiaomi M2a, Xiaomi Mi-1/Mi-2 and any phones running the MIUI ROM.

Procedure: 

  1. Download the APK file from HERE
  2. Copy it to the ‘Downloads’ folder on your Xiaomi phone (If you do not know how to do that, click HERE)
  3. Make sure Installation from Unknown Sources is checked (Go to Settings>Security> Unknown Sources and tick the box)
  4. Open File Explorer, and go to ‘Downloads’ folder where you placed the file in Step 2.
  5. Click it and install.
  6. Launch the app you just installed (Google Installer) and make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi
  7. Download any apps you need and you’re finished!

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11 thoughts on “How to Install Google Play/Google Apps on Xiaomi Phones

  1. Does it work with MiPad? I preordered the 64GB, but so scaried.. T_T
    I want the tablet to support Arabic and English lanaguage written/read/system and also to have Play Store..

    Thanks lot guys. ^.^

    • It should definitely work on the MiPad. Just remember that this is an old post, so the link to the .apk file is also outdated.
      A simple google search will get you the latest .apk file, once you download that, follow the rest of the steps in the post.
      Good Luck :)

      • Can you PLEASE give me the new apk? You don’t know how stupid I am with these things… :(

        Thanks in advance.

  2. I followed all the tutorial when I finished, I entered the story and even play with the internet I keep saying, no connection.

  3. Tried this on Mi3
    Worked but there is a problem that causes many apps to quit all of sudden. Restarting the app restores to point where you were.
    In typing this it happened once!

    • Download the latest version of Google Play Store (i.e v4.4.21) and then download the latest version of Google Play Services. Install both the apk’s on your phone and then try.

      Alternatively, you can root your Xiaomi M2A and flash a .zip Google Apps file which can be found on our homepage. :)

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