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Root Nokia X Android Smartphones and Install Google Play [How to]

Nokia has revealed three Android based smartphones; Nokia X, X+ and XL during the MWC 2014. It was first step from Nokia to enter the Android market. Even though Nokia’s entry to the Android was a surprise for many but some people were not really excited because of the absence of Google play and other Google apps which is an essential part of Android smartphones.


But what makes Android special from other mobile OS is the customizability and the sheer versatility of the platform. So it’s not a surprise that the Nokia X smartphones are now rooted by an XDA developer few days after the launch. You can root and install Google apps including Play store to make the Nokia X phones more useful.

The devices were launched with an old version of Android 4.1.2 which helped the developers to easily obtain the root access to the device. So if you planning to root the Nokia X device, just follow the step-by-step guide given below to do the same.


  • Take the full backup of important data stored in your device.
  • Make sure your phone is charged to minimum 60%-70% to avoid unexpected turnoff during the upgrade.
  • Enable USB debugging on your device. To do this go to Settings -> Applications -> Development -> and tap on USB Debugging.

How to Root Nokia X Android Smartphones and Install Google Play

Step 1: First of all you need to download the Gandalf Exploit included in Framaroot APK from here.
Step 2: Copy the downloaded APK to the phone using a USB cable and install it. Just tap on the APK file is enough to begin the installation.
Step 3: Once it’s done, install a root capable file manager on your phone. Now you have gained root access on the device and time to install the Google apps on the phone.
Step 4: Download the Gapps package for Nokia X devices from here.
Step 5: Extract and copy all the APK files to /system/app folder on you phone.
Step 6: Change the file permission of the these files as shown in the below pic.

Step 7: Reboot the device and install the Play store APK which you have copied. You can also install other Google apps by taping on the respective APK files.
Step 8: After the installation of Play store you need to add a Google account to the device and you are good to go.
Step 9: That’s it! Try to download some apps from the play store and share your experience in the comment section below. Here is a list of some cool apps which required root access to be installed.


Final Words

If you are a Nokia X user and want to get the most out of your device, this is the way you can do it. Now it’s time for some quality Custom ROM for the Nokia X devices. What’s say?

Jose Tinto is a Professional Blogger, WordPress Enthusiast and Founder of AndroMint. Add +Jose Tinto on Google+ for more Updates.

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