How to Root and Install Google Play Store On Nokia X

Last month at the Mobile World Congress 2014, Nokia announced the first Nokia smartphone that runs on Google’s Android operating system.

However, Android on Nokia is different than Android on smartphones made by other manufacturers because the Nokia X runs the Android Open Source Project which does not have support for Google’s API and apps, however it comes with the Nokia API and Microsoft services.

This means that if you buy a brand new Nokia X you won’t be able to access the Google Play Store. If you want to install apps you can only do it from Nokia’s applications store.


In case you already own a Nokia X smartphone or you are planning to buy one and you want to be able to access the Google Play Store and install Google Apps, you should know that you can do it, however you need to root your device first.

As the Nokia X bootloader is partially blocked and the device is not yet available to the public, there isn’t a custom recovery version for it, so the rooting method is different than the conventional one.

So, in order to root the Nokia X smartphone you need the Framaroot application.

In order to install Framaroot on Nokia X, you transfer the app on the SD card or on the smartphone’s memory and go to Settings > Security and check Unknown Sources under Device Administration. Then tap on the APK file of the app to install it.

After Framaroot was installed, use the Gandalf exploit included in the app to root your Nokia X smartphone.

Once this is done you have to use a root-level explorer app, such as the ES File Explorer or Root Explorer ( you can download them from the Google Play Store ) and download NokiaX Gapps and NokiaX SomeGoogleApps ( just Google and you will find them ).

Extract the contents of the NokiaX_GApps and with the help of the root explorer copy the apps to /system/app/ folder.

Now you have to set permissions for each app just like in the screenshot below and restart your Nokia X device.

After you restarted your device, extract the apps from the second pack ( NokiaX SomeGoogleApps ) and install them just like you would install a normal application.

That’s it. If you followed the instructions below correctly you have rooted your Nokia X smartphone and now you have access to the Google Play Store.

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