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How to Install Google Play Store on Any Chinese Android Phone

by Henry Emmanuel


When it comes to buying a smartphone, our choices differs. Some choose to go for the chinese branded smartphones, while others prefer the mainstream brands. If you have recently purchased a good chinese branded Android phone, you’ll notice instantly that there’s no Google apps pre-installed. We all know that chinese companies offers great specs at a low price, and thus a lot of people will definitely choose to stick with a chinese phone without minding the hassles. For the folks living in China, they’ll certainly blend in with their chinese Android phone even without having the Google apps and Play Store. But when you relocate outside of the chinese territory, then you will discover that the aforementioned apps are essential.

The Gionee GN5001S for instance is a top-notch chinese branded Android phone that offers plethora features. The device brings a whopping 3GB RAM and 16GB ROM which can be expanded with 128GB memory card coupled with a 4000mAh li-on battery. If you have recently purchased this device (or any other chinese branded smartphone) and you got faced with the issue of installing Google Play Store, then there is no need to ditch it aside for a mainstream brand. For there is always a workaround to everything in life especially when it comes to Android category. Hence in this article, we’re going to unveil and also guide you on the perfect procedure to install Google apps and Play Store on any Chinese Android phone.

Note: This guide will only work on Gionee GN5001S. Don’t try it on any other Chinese phone or you might encounter a soft brick. Update: We are deeply sorry for the inconveniences we may have caused following the Chplay link that went offline. Truth is, we lost the file but we have managed to get it back. The link should be working fine now, so go ahead and Install Playstore on your Gionee GN5001S.


  • Rooted Chinese Android Device
  • Install Root Explorer
  • Install ZArchiver

Root Your Phone

To begin with, you will need to install root access on your Chinese Android phone. This procedure sadly is compulsory and it must be carried out in other to modify and sideload necessary files to the “system memory” on your Android device. Fortunately, we have previously discussed the perfect method to root any Android phone and with this guide, the geeks over at techviola where able to install root access on Gionee GN5001S. All thanks to KingRoot.

Download CHPLAY_5X.7z File & Install Root Explorer

Once you’ve successfully rooted your phone, the next step is to download the required  files that will give your Chinese Android phone the permissions to allow all the Google apps and Play Store to run on your device. This files once sideloaded into the appropriate “system folder” will automatically install Google Play Services and Play Store on your chinese device. So to get this one going, download the CHPLAY_5X.7z file from above link, followed by root explorer which will come in handy since it auto enables read/write and hence allows you to easily move the files to there specific folder in the system directory.

Install ZArchiver & Copy Files to System Memory

When you’re done downloading the file with the name “CHPLAY_5X.7z”, install ZArchver and using it to extract the downloaded file to your SD card. Now open root explorer and navigate to the system directory. From here, switch between tabs and locate the file you extracted earlier in your SD card. Open it and you’ll be greeted with 5 folders (app, etc, framework, lib, priv_app).

Under “app”, copy only the folder named GoogleContactsSyncAdapter and paste it in /system/app. Under “priv_app”, copy the folders inside it and paste it in /system/priv_app. For the remaining folders (etc, framework, lib), copy only the files found in there and paste them in their rightful or respective location in the system directory.

  • /System/app/
  • /System/etc/
  • /System/framework/
  • /System/lib/
  • /System/priv_app/

If you are​ prompted to merge, overwrite or replace already existing file, simply tap Yes. Note, apart from the “app” and “priv_app” folder, Do not copy the whole folder found inside (etc, framework, and lib). Simply open each of the sub folders and at the end, copy and paste only the “files” to their respective locations. When you are done, reboot your phone.

Enjoy Google Play Store

Once your device is back on, you will notice that Google Play Store has been installed successfully. Simply open it and sign up. From here, download all the Google apps including Gmail, YouTube, Google map, Google+, Google drive and even Google photo. You can go further to update the Google Play Services to its latest version which will enable apps such as Snapchat and Google Play Games to work perfectly.

Wrapping Up

With this procedure, you can install Google Play Store and other Google apps on your Chinese Android phone without any hassle. I have tested this method on a friend’s Gionee GN5001S and it worked perfectly. Hence it’ll work on other Chinese Android phone provided you follow the instructions correctly. If you encounter any difficulty or if it worked for you, kindly use the comment box below to share your experience.


Henry Emmanuel December 1, 2017 - 10:35 pm

To root your gionee gn5001s, simply install KingRoot.

From here, ensure you've a Stable and strong internet connection. Then open KingRoot.

Now allow all checks to be completed via KingRoot and tap the center button.

Wait for the rooting process to complete, and you should see a green bar.

Anonymous November 30, 2017 - 6:16 am

Hi, I need help. I have bought gionee m6splus. I have rooted through kingroot. However it says root will be lost on reboot may be because of locked bootloader. I am trying to put files under system app but it keeps saying I don't have permission ? Please help. It says copy failed. I somehow want to install gapps. Tried with root explorer and es file explorer but no success. Please help me.Thanks

Anonymous November 14, 2017 - 6:48 am

Pls I need help…I've tried all I could to root my gionee GN5001s 3gb ram with no avail. I gathered I can't install play store unless I root it. Pls I need tutorial on how to root it if there's one.my WhatsApp contact (08094017764) one luv.

Henry Emmanuel November 11, 2017 - 5:14 pm

Hi, this issue usually occurs when your system memory is full.

Here's how to fix it.

First try backing up important data on your phone, and perform a factory reset. Once your phone reboots, repeat the steps to install play store on your China phone. Then restore your backup apps.

Secondly​: you can delete some of the apps you moved to system memory to free up some space.

Anonymous November 11, 2017 - 5:05 pm

im stuck because i cant copy thephonesky
It popped out
Copy failed
Phonesky.apk to /system/priv-app

Leo JoJo October 23, 2017 - 6:08 pm


Essential Henry October 18, 2017 - 12:32 am

First I'd like to apologize for the confusion. The mistake was actually from my side and I've rectified and updated​ the article.

If you had taken your time to read the first comment, then you'll see the correction.

Let me summarize it

Extract the CHPLAY_5X.7z file

Then under app, copy the folder found inside it and paste in /system/app

For this folders (lib, framework, etc) copy only the "files" in it and paste in their respective location in the system directory.

Next, under priv_app, copy the folders found inside it and paste in /system/priv_app.

That's all. You can read the article again to understand things more vividly.

Note that all the folders in the "CHPLAY_5X.7z" file exists in your root system…

Take time to find them and do as instructed.

Hope this answers your question?

Stephen Nnebedum October 17, 2017 - 11:35 pm

Thanks for this great article. It offers hope for people like us who use China android ROMs.

However, I HV a an issue, after meticulously following ur direction on installing Google playstore on Gionee GN 5001s, which is d phone I use, I restarted but I didn't see google play store on d phone, I had to double check and even recopied d files, still nothing.

I really don't know what am getting wrong but I noticed that there were some folders which does exist on d root system but exist on d extracted file that was downloaded, I did just copy d files in d folder but d folder as well since d folder name does not exist in d phone's root directory. I hope this didn't affect anything since you mentioned not to copy folders but the files in d folders apart from app folder?

I appreciate your effort to assist others as I await ur response.


Henry Emmanuel October 14, 2017 - 5:52 am

I'm glad it worked for you, and thanks for the contribution.

Unknown October 6, 2017 - 12:40 am

Wonderful! This works like a charm, thank you very much for sharing this guideline. One small comment for those who might be confused in the same way that I was: You copy the folders in the priv_app straight into system/priv_app. Goodluck!

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