How to install Google Play on your new Xiaomi Mi 4


If you’re one of the few who’ve somehow managed to get your hands on the latest Xiaomi flagship, you might’ve been surprised to find that the device does not come with Google Play pre-installed.

Like all other Xiaomi devices sold in China, the Mi 4 is no exception. Instead of the Google Play Store (and other Google services) Xiaomi devices sold in China come with Xiaomi’s own ecosystem including an app store. But if you want to install the Google Play Store on your Mi 4 without having to root the device, follow the guide below.

How to install Google Play on Xiaomi Mi 4

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XF5PjLRAYyA]

As seen in the video, the process is extremely simple and takes only a couple of minutes to finish. After completion, you can use the Xiaomi Mi 4 like any other Android phone – install apps from the Play Store, add multiple Google accounts, etc.

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Let us know if you find any difficulty while following the guide. We would like to thank iBuyGou.com for the Xiaomi Mi 4 sample!

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22 Comments

  1. RRRobert
    August 16, 2014

    Quite handy, but be aware that quite a few webshops provide this as service, or at only a few dollars extra charged, often in combination with “all Chinese apps removed” and root access. Sometimes it’s just another tick box on the order form, otherwise just ask them. That’s how I got my Mi2S back in 2013. All I had left to do was to switch the language settings into my native language (all though I can also work with the English version it came with).

    • August 17, 2014

      Yeah, almost every Chinese reseller offers that. But, you lose Play services after a factory reset (if it’s not ‘injected’ into the ROM), which is when this guide can come in handy.

    • Simon
      August 18, 2014

      Where did you buy your Mi2S from ?

  2. Guest
    August 16, 2014

    Quite handy, but be aware that quite a few webshops provide this as service, or at only a few dollars extra charged, often in combination with “all Chinese apps removed” and root access. Sometimes it’s just another tick box on the order form, otherwise just ask them. That’s how I got my Mi2S back in 2013. All I had left to do was to switch the language settings into my native language (all though I can also work with the English version it came with).

    • Yash Garg
      August 17, 2014

      Yeah, almost every Chinese reseller offers that. But, you lose Play services after a factory reset (if it’s not ‘injected’ into the ROM), which is when this guide can come in handy.

    • Guest
      August 18, 2014

      Where did you buy your Mi2S from ?

  3. Amrita
    September 30, 2014

    Hi, I have bought Xiaomi MI3 but its not letting me install Google play services. I installed it, but it shows this devide does not support Google play. Any idea how to resolve this?

  4. Amrita
    October 1, 2014

    Hi, I have bought Xiaomi MI3 but its not letting me install Google play services. I installed it, but it shows this devide does not support Google play. Any idea how to resolve this?

  5. ST
    October 5, 2014

    Hi, I bought xiaomi MI4, I followed your suggestion to download the google app. It was installing for a while, but when it is about to finish, a message comes up saying “failed to install”. Is there anything that I could reset?

  6. Guest
    October 5, 2014

    Hi, I bought xiaomi MI4, I followed your suggestion to download the google app. It was installing for a while, but when it is about to finish, a message comes up saying “failed to install”. Is there anything that I could reset?

  7. Futo
    October 5, 2014

    I tried to install the Google store on my Xiaomi 4 as in the video but it keeps crashing and does not open. Also other ways I tried to not work. Any suggestions?

  8. Futo
    October 5, 2014

    For anyone with the same problem: I installed the GMail app, registered with it. Reinstalled Google store again and then it worked for me.

  9. ST
    October 6, 2014

    Futo, I have the same problem as you. I managed to install gmail plus, but could not find google play on xiaomi. Please elaborate what you did. thanks

  10. Guest
    October 6, 2014

    I tried to install the Google store on my Xiaomi 4 as in the video but it keeps crashing and does not open. Also other ways I tried to not work. Any suggestions?

  11. Guest
    October 6, 2014

    For anyone with the same problem: I installed the GMail app, registered with it. Reinstalled Google store again and then it worked for me.

  12. Guest
    October 6, 2014

    Futo, I have the same problem as you. I managed to install gmail plus, but could not find google play on xiaomi. Please elaborate what you did. thanks

  13. saved
    December 15, 2014

    Thanks mate. You are a life saver

  14. Guest
    December 15, 2014

    Thanks mate. You are a life saver

  15. HB
    May 1, 2015

    In my previous Xiaomi, it worked, but with the one I just bought few days ago, the first apps (Google Installer) is not more found. 🙁

  16. HB
    May 1, 2015

    In my previous Xiaomi, it worked, but with the one I just bought few days ago, the first apps (Google Installer) is not more found. 🙁

  17. Dola Adekunle
    July 14, 2015

    Help can’t find the video in the post

  18. Dolly
    July 14, 2015

    Help can’t find the video in the post