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Nikhil

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Hi Everyone,

Here I'd like to Introduce you with my custom Gapps package that I use on day to day basis when I flash a new Rom. As I've observed many people struggling with finding the correct version of gapps to flash, I decided to build a package of my own which lets you flash stable google apps with a lot of variants so you can decide for yourself which package suits you.

What is NikGapps?
  • NikGapps project started with the goal to provide custom gapps packages that suits everyone's needs. A package that a user needs but cannot find and ends up setting up the device installing more apps and removing unwanted apps manually.
  • NikGapps is a gapps package built from my own device. As my device is always updated with latest version of Google Apps, every time I build a new package, I am on latest and stable version of Google Apps
  • NikGapps also comes with Android Go package for low end devices.
  • NikGapps is a bit different than other Gapps packages (written from scratch, it isn't a port of OpenGapps). It focuses on providing apps that most of the people uses but can't find it in other Gapps packages and ends up installing the apps manually
  • NikGapps doesn't have stock YouTube, instead it has YouTube vanced (v14 with separate addons for v15). It doesn't have Pixel Launcher, instead it has Lawnchair launcher (Till Android Q, discontinued starting Android R)
  • NikGapps supports split-apks
  • NikGapps also comes with nikgapps.config and debloater.config which allows you to control your installation and debloat unnecessary stuff from your Rom respectively.
  • NikGapps is built on a different architecture, the installation method is completely different (Every Package comes with installer.sh that installs itself). Also, it installs the gapps to /product partition instead of /system partition
  • NikGapps also allows you to configure the installation, it can be installed to any partition (be it /system or /product or any other partition which may get added in future)
  • NikGapps also allows you to keep the aosp counterpart of google app if you want (just by using nikgapps.config you can choose whether to remove the aosp counterpart or remove it)
  • NikGapps allows you to dirty flash it anytime you want, it also supports installing on top of Roms with Gapps (except for the pixel flavored Roms)
  • NikGapps also comes with addon packages (useful ones) so that users don't have to flash the whole gapps package just to have the app installed.
  • NikGapps supports the Privileged Permission Whitelisting, providing the necessary permissions to the privileged apps.
  • It supports addon.d so you need not flash the package again and again after every nightly flash
  • NikGapps addon.d functionality is built from scratch which allows you to completely control which app you want to backup/restore on dirty flash.
  • It also allows optimizing Google Play Services (when you turn off Find My Device) so that you can sleep with peace without having to worry about Google play services eating your battery. (Requires support from Rom too in order to work)
Also, since these are custom build, I can include as many packages as I want (which I do, you can pm me if you want that package)

NikGapps comes with following packages
» Core
» Basic
» Omni
» Macro
» Stock
» Full
» Go (for low end devices)

Although these packages cover a large user base, there are few users who like things differently that is where NikGapps Addons Comes into picture. These Addon packages are separate and meant to flash over NikGapps original packages.

Everything about NikGapps

Flashing Instructions for A/B devices (Clean Flash is recommended)

  • Flash Rom in Slot A, Flash twrp, reboot to recovery
  • Flash Rom in Slot B, Flash twrp, reboot to recovery
  • Flash NikGapps
  • Flash Debloater (Optional)
  • Reboot

Flashing Instructions for A-only devices (Clean Flash is recommended)
  • Flash Rom
  • Flash NikGapps
  • Flash Debloater (Optional)
  • Reboot
How to clean flash NikGapps update without losing data?
  • Delete /system/addon.d/nikgapps folder
  • Delete /system/addon.d/nikgapps-addon.sh
  • Dirty flash Rom
  • Flash newer version of NikGapps
How to remove/uninstall an Addon or Package?

Method 1 (Faster and Recommended)
  • edit nikgapps.config and set <Addon>=-1 (e.g. YouTube=-1)
  • set mode=uninstall
  • Reflash the zip you flashed in first place to install the addon/package
Method 2
  • Uninstall any playstore updates you have for the addon
  • Delete the <addon>.sh file from /system/addon.d/nikgapps folder (e.g. YouTube.sh)
  • Reflash the rom
Enjoy the package! hope it helps you somewhat!

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Nikhil

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Credits
» osm0sis (for the shell scripting template)
» Arya (for logo and his suggestions and help)
» Vanced Team (for YouTube Vanced)
» maartenfonville, nezorflame for creating and maintaining opengapps
» Lawnchair Team (for Lawnchair)
» HootanParsa (for MixPlorer)
» xXx (for his NoLimits module - Amazing work!)

Frequently Asked Questions

ChangeLog
 
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shahabazas

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Hey can we have a package which will replace the default ROMs aosp apps like Google calendar, Google clock, Google dailer, Google contact, google message, google calculator, google gboard, youtube vanced, pixel launcher and wallpaper, Latest Gcam with all the goodies like playground ar sticker included if you cant provide it in a single zip then provide gcam all in one zip separately. Rest all other apps can be downloaded but these apps are needed as default apps in the ROM.

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therealMarcGeneson

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Hey can we have a package which will replace the default ROMs aosp apps like Google calendar, Google clock, Google dailer, Google contact, google message, google calculator, google gboard, youtube vanced, pixel launcher and wallpaper, Latest Gcam with all the goodies like playground ar sticker included if you cant provide it in a single zip then provide gcam all in one zip separately. Rest all other apps can be downloaded but these apps are needed as default apps in the ROM.

+1 to this but without the pixel launcher because I like the built launcher
 

Nikhil

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Sep 26, 2012
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Hey can we have a package which will replace the default ROMs aosp apps like Google calendar, Google clock, Google dailer, Google contact, google message, google calculator, google gboard, youtube vanced, pixel launcher and wallpaper, Latest Gcam with all the goodies like playground ar sticker included if you cant provide it in a single zip then provide gcam all in one zip separately. Rest all other apps can be downloaded but these apps are needed as default apps in the ROM.

+1 to this but without the pixel launcher because I like the built launcher
I'll create one tomorrow. I'll exclude pixel launcher as we can install it separately and there are ported versions available which are preferred over stock.
As for ar sticker in Google camera, I'll create a separate addon zip as the file size will increase tremendously and not everyone wants to install it.
 

shahabazas

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I'll create one tomorrow. I'll exclude pixel launcher as we can install it separately and there are ported versions available which are preferred over stock.
As for ar sticker in Google camera, I'll create a separate addon zip as the file size will increase tremendously and not everyone wants to install it.
Ok can you let me know how to install pixel launcher or any other launcher by replacing the default launcher

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eLaDiio

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i will report my feedback later on lineage OS

EDIT:

Well for me its more comfortable using your mod in comparison with opengapps just because acelerate the setup of the phone, it has all that i need too, the only problem that i see is that a person who need more apps isn't the best, in that way probaly its better opengapps, anyway, the thing that contain youtube vanced is the best for me, so i really appreaciate your mod of gapps, thanks ;)
 
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ytgbg

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Hey can we have a package which will replace the default ROMs aosp apps like Google calendar, Google clock, Google dailer, Google contact, google message, google calculator, google gboard, youtube vanced, pixel launcher and wallpaper, Latest Gcam with all the goodies like playground ar sticker included if you cant provide it in a single zip then provide gcam all in one zip separately. Rest all other apps can be downloaded but these apps are needed as default apps in the ROM.

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Great suggestion. +1

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pipyakas

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The idea for the project is great, but to satisfy the configuration of everyone is kinda imposible. With opengapps we can customize each part that we want and I think the ultimate goal for this one could be like that, creating a "master package" with a small config file to just install the components we need (or just delete them from the zip file, with instructions of course)
 
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Nikhil

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Ok can you let me know how to install pixel launcher or any other launcher by replacing the default launcher
Let me know the path of default launcher, I will create a flashable zip for you which will replace the default launcher with pixel launcher.

i will report my feedback later on lineage OS :eek:
Sure, hope it helps.

Also please see if we can have basic Google addons like Digital Wellbeing, Google TTS, ARCore, Backup and Restore libs. . ?
Yeah, actually I missed Digital Wellbeing in the package that I created, I will include in next build. Backup and restore libs are included I believe. No?
ArCore will be provided as an add on zip soon.

The idea for the project is great, but to satisfy the configuration of everyone is kinda imposible. With opengapps we can customize each part that we want and I think the ultimate goal for this one could be like that, creating a "master package" with a small config file to just install the components we need (or just delete them from the zip file, with instructions of course)
You're right, I used to create aroma gapps when I had Mido with me, unfortunately poco doesn't support aroma installer, that makes it difficult to serve everyone.

May be I will implement a way in which I will ask user to provide an input while installing a particular Google app through NikGapps (vol + button for 'yes' and vol - button for 'no'). Will have to check its feasibility. ;) till then, I will provide 2 packages, one which is shared in OP and the other one with all the Google apps replacing stock aosp apps.

This is a great idea, for starters can you post which all apps are included in the uploaded zip?
Certainly! Thanks for the tip! :)


I personally create a package which includes latest magisk, the kernel I prefer to flash, Google Sans fonts, some cool ringtones, notification tones, my favorite browser, mixplorer, SwiftKey, telegram, adaway, fk app, etc. In one zip. It pretty much covers all the basic apps. Let me know if anyone is interested in such kind of zip.
 

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May be I will implement a way in which I will ask user to provide an input while installing a particular Google app through NikGapps (vol + button for 'yes' and vol - button for 'no'). Will have to check its feasibility. ;) till then, I will provide 2 packages, one which is shared in OP and the other one with all the Google apps replacing stock aosp apps.
It doesnt have to be aroma, currently Im still using custom opengapps config by a gapps-config.txt file that got read before it tries to install gapps. Making a script that determine some on off value should not be that bad, not that I know about how to actually code it :D
 

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i will report my feedback later on lineage OS

EDIT:

Well for me its more comfortable using your mod in comparison with opengapps just because acelerate the setup of the phone, it has all that i need too, the only problem that i see is that a person who need more apps isn't the best, in that way probaly its better opengapps, anyway, the thing that contain youtube vanced is the best for me, so i really appreaciate your mod of gapps, thanks ;)

A person who need more apps? Like which apps?
Thanks for the feedback!

It doesnt have to be aroma, currently Im still using custom opengapps config by a gapps-config.txt file that got read before it tries to install gapps. Making a script that determine some on off value should not be that bad, not that I know about how to actually code it :D

Yeah, can you share your custom opengapps? I can code it but it will take some time.
 
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Nikhil

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like maps, google photos, gmail could be.
Is it possible change the gcam that it include by default for the sannity mod? i think it's better, anyway isn't a problem for me install the other apk
It's certainly possible. The package I use personally has all these apps in it. Not everyone uses all the Google apps hence I included the bare minimum ones and the essential ones specific to our device. :)


OH! I never paid this much attention to opengapps since I had been using my gapps for a long time :D
Thanks for sharing! I'll certainly work on something which allows users to have a choice. :)
 
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pipyakas

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OH! I never paid this much attention to opengapps since I had been using my gapps for a long time :D
Thanks for sharing! I'll certainly work on something which allows users to have a choice. :)
Yes, if choices is an option then it would be much cooler.
Also, do you have any experience with microg? Since if it's possible to to a package like this but with microg for people who wants to use the Google apps without the excessive battery & data hog nature of google play service, then it would be even better :)
 

Nikhil

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Yes, if choices is an option then it would be much cooler.
Also, do you have any experience with microg? Since if it's possible to to a package like this but with microg for people who wants to use the Google apps without the excessive battery & data hog nature of google play service, then it would be even better :)

I do have experience with microg but like I said earlier, I build the package from my device and I don't use microg as of now (last I used, it was unstable, couldn't use apps dependent on google libs like uber, not sure about it's current status) and building a package without having microg installed is not possible for me. However, I'm inclined to take requests/suggestions with regards to current package that I am providing.
 
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Nikhil

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Update!

Downloads
NikGapps Basic
NikGapps Stock

Changelog:
-Updated to latest version of Google Apps (30th March)
-Included Digital Wellbeing in basic version of NikGapps
-Introduced NikGapps Stock (Google Apps Package which replaces stock aosp apps with Google Apps. More details in OP)

Updated OP with the name of the apps included in corresponding gapps package. I'll provide an addon zip for ARCore later.
Enjoy! :)
 
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    hey guys, wonderful gapps! I especially like the "select text" option in recents overview.
    However, now with my new Rom, this doesn't work. I have the option to select text (compare screenshot, red box), but no text is highlighted. also attaching logs, maybe someone can find out whats wrong or whats missing for this to work.
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    You need to have DPS installed. Device Personalization Services.
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    When I set up my device, I flashed the Pixelise section with a Full Apps. Now Google account says I am using a Pixel 4a, while the says Poco X3.

    I think this caused my location history not to work. How can I get Google to recognize it as a Poco without factory reset?

    Attached is the config file.

    A G-Apps package wont change your devices ID, thats set by the ROM itself and its entries in the build.props file, usually under /system

    I suspect youre running a custom ROM, some developers of some ROM's will change the devices ID to a mainstream phone like a Google Pixel in order to get extra features available on a (more recent) Pixel. It happens even on some ROM's for my Pixel 2XL, some developers will try and force it to identify as a Pixel 5....i view this as a really really bad idea, im not a fan of it as it leads to other issues...like this...

    You can either check with the ROM's developer as to if and why they have changed the ID, there are ways to change it back on the same ROM, but thats another conversation
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    Thank you for your reply. I have checked the build.props file and it says Poco everywhere, so it must be something in there that is not so apparent. Oh bugger.

    So this is for a different thread.

    The only other thing i can think of is maybe a magisk module that may have edited the build.prop and changed the ID - things like MagiskHide Props Config may do this...and also incidentally can be used to correct the issue too
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    Hello everyone,

    Probably this was intended but I noticed that if I open "Find My Device" it says that Google Play Service is not installed, so it doesn't work.

    Is it correct? I flashed latest release on Android 11

    Thank you
    Fyi, I just realised that I flashed nikgapps for Android Q instead of R.Shame on me.

    Dirty flash worked.
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    Hi Everyone,

    Here I'd like to Introduce you with my custom Gapps package that I use on day to day basis when I flash a new Rom. As I've observed many people struggling with finding the correct version of gapps to flash, I decided to build a package of my own which lets you flash stable google apps with a lot of variants so you can decide for yourself which package suits you.

    What is NikGapps?
    • NikGapps project started with the goal to provide custom gapps packages that suits everyone's needs. A package that a user needs but cannot find and ends up setting up the device installing more apps and removing unwanted apps manually.
    • NikGapps is a gapps package built from my own device. As my device is always updated with latest version of Google Apps, every time I build a new package, I am on latest and stable version of Google Apps
    • NikGapps also comes with Android Go package for low end devices.
    • NikGapps is a bit different than other Gapps packages (written from scratch, it isn't a port of OpenGapps). It focuses on providing apps that most of the people uses but can't find it in other Gapps packages and ends up installing the apps manually
    • NikGapps doesn't have stock YouTube, instead it has YouTube vanced (v14 with separate addons for v15). It doesn't have Pixel Launcher, instead it has Lawnchair launcher (Till Android Q, discontinued starting Android R)
    • NikGapps supports split-apks
    • NikGapps also comes with nikgapps.config and debloater.config which allows you to control your installation and debloat unnecessary stuff from your Rom respectively.
    • NikGapps is built on a different architecture, the installation method is completely different (Every Package comes with installer.sh that installs itself). Also, it installs the gapps to /product partition instead of /system partition
    • NikGapps also allows you to configure the installation, it can be installed to any partition (be it /system or /product or any other partition which may get added in future)
    • NikGapps also allows you to keep the aosp counterpart of google app if you want (just by using nikgapps.config you can choose whether to remove the aosp counterpart or remove it)
    • NikGapps allows you to dirty flash it anytime you want, it also supports installing on top of Roms with Gapps (except for the pixel flavored Roms)
    • NikGapps also comes with addon packages (useful ones) so that users don't have to flash the whole gapps package just to have the app installed.
    • NikGapps supports the Privileged Permission Whitelisting, providing the necessary permissions to the privileged apps.
    • It supports addon.d so you need not flash the package again and again after every nightly flash
    • NikGapps addon.d functionality is built from scratch which allows you to completely control which app you want to backup/restore on dirty flash.
    • It also allows optimizing Google Play Services (when you turn off Find My Device) so that you can sleep with peace without having to worry about Google play services eating your battery. (Requires support from Rom too in order to work)
    Also, since these are custom build, I can include as many packages as I want (which I do, you can pm me if you want that package)

    NikGapps comes with following packages
    » Core
    » Basic
    » Omni
    » Macro
    » Stock
    » Full
    » Go (for low end devices)

    Although these packages cover a large user base, there are few users who like things differently that is where NikGapps Addons Comes into picture. These Addon packages are separate and meant to flash over NikGapps original packages.

    Everything about NikGapps

    Flashing Instructions for A/B devices (Clean Flash is recommended)

    • Flash Rom in Slot A, Flash twrp, reboot to recovery
    • Flash Rom in Slot B, Flash twrp, reboot to recovery
    • Flash NikGapps
    • Flash Debloater (Optional)
    • Reboot

    Flashing Instructions for A-only devices (Clean Flash is recommended)
    • Flash Rom
    • Flash NikGapps
    • Flash Debloater (Optional)
    • Reboot
    How to clean flash NikGapps update without losing data?
    • Delete /system/addon.d/nikgapps folder
    • Delete /system/addon.d/nikgapps-addon.sh
    • Dirty flash Rom
    • Flash newer version of NikGapps
    How to remove/uninstall an Addon or Package?

    Method 1 (Faster and Recommended)
    • edit nikgapps.config and set <Addon>=-1 (e.g. YouTube=-1)
    • set mode=uninstall
    • Reflash the zip you flashed in first place to install the addon/package
    Method 2
    • Uninstall any playstore updates you have for the addon
    • Delete the <addon>.sh file from /system/addon.d/nikgapps folder (e.g. YouTube.sh)
    • Reflash the rom
    Enjoy the package! hope it helps you somewhat!

    Downloads
    39
    Credits
    » osm0sis (for the shell scripting template)
    » Arya (for logo and his suggestions and help)
    » Vanced Team (for YouTube Vanced)
    » maartenfonville, nezorflame for creating and maintaining opengapps
    » Lawnchair Team (for Lawnchair)
    » HootanParsa (for MixPlorer)
    » xXx (for his NoLimits module - Amazing work!)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    ChangeLog
    10
    Downloads
    NikGapps Basic
    NikGapps Stock

    Changelog:

    -Fixed FC with Face Unlock
    -Added Google Sounds
    -Added Pixel Launcher
    -Updated YouTube Vanced to latest
    -Updated Google Camera to latest
    -Latest Google Apps (25th June)

    I've created Telegram Release channel for NikGapps. Those who find this useful can get the builds there faster.

    Enjoy! :)
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    Hey can we have a package which will replace the default ROMs aosp apps like Google calendar, Google clock, Google dailer, Google contact, google message, google calculator, google gboard, youtube vanced, pixel launcher and wallpaper, Latest Gcam with all the goodies like playground ar sticker included if you cant provide it in a single zip then provide gcam all in one zip separately. Rest all other apps can be downloaded but these apps are needed as default apps in the ROM.

    +1 to this but without the pixel launcher because I like the built launcher
    I'll create one tomorrow. I'll exclude pixel launcher as we can install it separately and there are ported versions available which are preferred over stock.
    As for ar sticker in Google camera, I'll create a separate addon zip as the file size will increase tremendously and not everyone wants to install it.
    9
    Time for another Q update! (12-Jan-2020)

    Changelog

    - Fixed NikGapps installation issues with config values not reflecting in installation
    - Added a nikgapps.config value "2" to retain aosp apps (set the value to 2 if you don't want the installer to delete the aosp counter part of Google app)
    - Aosp Dialer is now deleted by default starting omni package to maintain the uniformity.

    Note: set Dialer=2 in nikgapps.config before flashing if you want the gapps to skip removing aosp Dialer, the installer will remove the Dialer by default.

    Full Changelog and download links are in OP

    Thank you for choosing NikGapps!