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android – How to install Google Play Services in a Genymotion VM (with no drag and drop support)?

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How can I install Google Play Services in a Genymotion emulator with no drag and drop support?

I can’t install it as mentioned in Stack Overflow post How do you install Google frameworks (Play, Accounts, etc.) on a Genymotion virtual device? due to the lack of support for drag and drop installation.

Genymotion supports Google Apps for a few emulators, but it doesn’t support tablet emulators.

How to&Answers:

As of Genymotion 2.10.0 and onwards, GApps can be installed from the emulator toolbar.
Please refer to answer by @MichaelStoddart.

Next follows former answer kept here for historic reason:

Genymotion doesn’t provide Google Apps. To install Google Apps:

  1. Upgrade Genymotion and VirtualBox to the latest version.

  2. Download two zip files:

    – ARM Translation Installer v1.1

    Google Apps for your Android version: 2.3.7 – 4.4.4 or 4.4 – 6.0 (with platform and variant) You can also find the GApps list in the wbroek user GitHubGist page.

  3. Open Genymotion emulator and go to home screen then drag and drop the first file Genymotion-ARM-Translation_v1.1.zip over the emulator. A dialog will appear and show as file transfer in progress, then another dialog will appear and ask that do you want to flash it on the emulator. Click OK and reboot the device by running adb reboot from your terminal or command prompt.

  4. Drag and drop the second file gapps-*-signed.zip and repeat the same steps as above. Run adb reboot again and, once rebooted, Google Apps will be in the emulator.

  5. At this point ‘Google Apps Services’ will crash frequently with the following message google play services has stopped working. Open Google Play. After providing your account details, open Google Play and update your installed Google Apps. This seems to make Google Play realize you have an old Google Play Services and will ask you to update (in my case, updating Google Hangouts required a new version of Google Play Services). I’ve also heard that simply waiting will also prompt you to update. The ‘Google Play Services’ app doesn’t seem to appear otherwise – you can’t search for it. You should then see an offer to update Google Play Services. Once the new Google Play Services is installed you will now have stable, working access to Google Play


The latest version of Genymotion (2.10.0 onwards) now allows you to install GApps from the emulator toolbar:

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Click the GApps button the toolbar

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Accept the Terms and Conditions

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Your download of google apps will then begin

Once the download is complete simply restart the virtual device!


You could do this simply by:

  1. Download the ARM Translation Installer v1.1(ARMTI)
  2. Download the Google Apps for your Android version 4.4, 4.3, 4.2, or
    4.1 for instance
  3. Drag and drop the ARMTI to the HomeScreen of your emulator, and
    confirm all
  4. Reboot your emulator
  5. Drag & Drop the correct Google App version to your HomeScreen
  6. Reboot your emulator
  7. JOB DONE.

NOTE: you can find the right GApp version here:



I tried almost all of the above options, but was not able to install google play services, however just found from the faq section of genymotion that the only way to access google play services is to use the packages provided by OpenGapps.

I tried and this worked:

  1. Visit opengapps.org
  2. Select x86 as platform
  3. Choose the Android version corresponding to your virtual device
  4. Select nano as variant
  5. Download the zip file
  6. Drag & Drop the zip installer in new Genymotion virtual device (2.7.2 and above only)
  7. Follow the pop-up instructions


For Android 6.0 at least, the ARM Translation thing is apparently unnecessary.

Just grab an x86 + Android 6.0 package (nano is fine) from OpenGApps and install by dragging-and-dropping and telling it to flash.

It seems the ARM translation thing was previously required, before the x86 package was available. You might still need the ARM translation if you want to install ARM-only apps though.


For Genymotion “Lollipop Preview – Nexus 5” virtual device

More GApps here

Note that Google+ shows lot of errors before updated.


Now Gapps provide way to install gapps package thorough apk.

Download APK and installation instruction from below link:


You can download current APK from below link:

Play store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.opengapps.app

Current version Website Link (7/22/2017):

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With adb, you can install GApps and ARM Support zips without a drag & drop.
emuking from XDA Developers has instructions for it:

I used 4.2.2, which is acceptable for my testing purposes. I then extracted both zip’s “/system/…” folders to a folder on my desktop.
In cmd prompt I used the following commands (step 1 is optional and for verification that adb is working):

  1. adb devices
  2. adb remount
  3. adb push “C:\Users\John\Desktop\GenyF_cked\system” /system

You’ll have to change the folder name in “adb push” line to where you actually extracted both zip files. After doing it, I recommend you to “adb reboot” the device.


  1. Download ARM Translation v1.1 and flash it by dragging and dropping over the emulator. Then reboot the emulator.
  2. Go to Open GApps, select x86 architecture, Android version of your emulator and variant (nano is enough, other applications can be installed from Play Store) and download zip archive. Drag and drop this archive to the emulator and flash it. Reboot the emulator.


Drag and Drop did not work on my system…

I found a blogpost which describes how you install it with adb:

adb push Genymotion-ARM-Translation_v1.1.zip /sdcard/Download/Genymotion-ARM-Translation_v1.1.zip

adb push gapps-jb-yyyymmdd-signed.zip /sdcard/Download/gapps.zip

adb shell flash-archive.sh /sdcard/Download/Genymotion-ARM-Translation_v1.1.zip

adb reboot

adb shell flash-archive.sh /sdcard/Download/gapps.zip

adb reboot


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As of verison 2.10, Genymotion can be installed using the toolbar in your emulator. Simply look for the Open GAPPS button.


For Genymotion 2.12.2 you can find GApps added in all their virtual devices. Run any virtual device by Genymotion and then you can find on the top right corner which says Open GApps. Press it and it will automatically install GApps.



There is an Open GAPPS button in the top right corner of the genymotion. Click on it you can directly install Gapps from genymotion.


Following the steps in the accepted answer didn’t work for me. I followed the steps in this guide with an image running 5.0.0, and it got the job done. It’s a step-wise process just like the accepted answer for adding Google Play support to genymotion images.

The most important differences are that in the guide I linked to, they mention that installing Google Play Services on images running higher than 5.0.0 may not work, and they say to change the ADB tool connection settings in the Genymotion desktop application’s settings window to: Use custom Android SDK tools. Also, the gapps zips seem to be different.

The guide also uses GIFs to illustrate the steps in the process, so it leaves much less room for doubt.

Link to gapps zip for Android 5.0 used in the guide — requires Genymotion 2.4.0+

Link to ARM Translation Installer v1.1 used in the guide — this is provided for convenience. it doesn’t seem any different than the one provided in the accepted answer at first glance


Download the latest version of genymotion and after creating a device click on Open GAPP in device right side.

That work for me


Tried to download Gapps app and install it on Genymotion, but realized that its already included within the emulator itself