HELP!! Deleted Google Play Store!

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  1. mavsfan22

    mavsfan22 New Member

    Hi there, I have a rooted htc desire and I unistalled the google play store thinking I could just reinstalled it, but then I downloaded it and tried to install it and it comes up Application not installed..... I have tried many versions of it and it still doesnt work! Please help! Thank you

  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    *moved to HTC Desire > Desire - All Things Root forum*

    I don't have a lot of experience with the Desire, but when you delete system apps from many phones, you simply can't reinstall them. You have to flash your phone back to stock (or use a custom rom that includes them.)
  3. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    You can install the play store apk by going to a reputable site and downloading it. Check android police I know they posted the newest one very recently
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  4. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Hi mavsfan, and welcome to AF,

    If the above suggestion hasn't worked, could you tell us a bit more about your device, e.g. what ROM you are using? That would help us suggest a solution.

    As a general approach you could download a google apps package from Downloads - Browsing gapps and flash that, but knowing what ROM might help us suggest the best package from that list. You should of course take a nandroid backup (a backup made from recovery) before flashing anything, or before making any other changes to system.
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    PKMGLHS New Member

    I also uninstalled google play using linktosd

    I did so because I thought that if I reinstalled it I could then move to sdcard (has already worked with other apps)

    Alas, it seems impossible to reinstall.

    I downloaded the google play apk file (to my sd card) and installed it but it doesn't work.

    I think it has to be installed in system. I don't know how to do this.

    In the meantime I have reset factory settings but still no sign of google play. I'm afraid link2sd must have deleted the relevant files.

    I would really appreciate some help on this matter.
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Hi PKMGLHS, and welcome to AF :)

    I'm pretty sure that it wouldn't work unless it's installed as a system app.

    If you've managed to erase it then you must be S-Off. In which case, try erasing the dalvik cache, then install the apk again.

    If you are S-On you'll need to flash it from recovery. That means either finding the app in a flashable zip (e.g. from, as linked above) or just reflashing the ROM (without wiping the phone). The latter might be the simplest.
  7. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood Moderator

    Should just be able to flash a gapps file

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