Google Apps (GApps) is the Google’s proprietary application set (a package of Android programs) and you can find these core Google apps in almost all Android devices. Gooogle Apps comes built-in with most OEM’s Android smartphones and tablets but these apps can’t be integrated in custom ROM packages because it breaks the licensing restrictions, thus Gapps are not integrated with the CyanogenMod installation. So you’ll need to flash and install Gapps whenever you install a new custom ROM or you won’t be able to use them on your phone.
Actually, CyanogenMod doesn’t require Google Apps package to work but you’ll need it for better Android experience after the installation of CyanogenMod custom ROM. You can also download and install/update Google Apps from Google Play Store. These apps are always running in Android under the process of com.google.process.gapps! to use Google Maps, Calendar, Google Plus, Google Voice Search, Google Talk, Google Search, Google Music, Google Sync, Car Home, Gmail, Google Backup Transport, YouTube and Google Docs.
You can easily find the appropriate Google Apps package for your Android device from the given list. Download and install these apps with any custom ROM but the list is categorized according to CyanogenMod ROM versions. As you know that all custom ROMs are based on AOSP, so you’ll need to flash them separately.
Gapps CyanogenMod 12.1 (Android 5.1 Lollipop)
Download Gapps for CM12 Android 5.1 Lollipop ROMs
Gapps for Paranoid Android 5.x Lollipop ROM
Gapps for SlimLP Android 5.x Lollipop ROM
Gapps CyanogenMod 12 (Android 5.0 Lollipop)
Download Gapps for CM12 Android 5.0 Lollipop ROMs
Gapps CyanogenMod 11 (Android 4.4 KitKat)
Download Gapps for CM11 Android 4.4 KitKat custom ROMs
Gapps CyanogenMod 10.2 (Android 4.3 Jelly Bean)
Download Gapps for CM10.2 Android 4.3 Jelly Bean custom ROMs
Gapps CyanogenMod 10.1 (Android 4.2.1 - 4.2.2 Jelly Bean)
Download Gapps for CM10.1 Android 4.2.1 - 4.2.2 Jelly Bean custom ROMs
CyanogenMod 10.0 (Android 4.1.1 - 4.1.2 Jelly Bean)
Download Gapps for CM10.0 Android 4.1.1 - 4.1.2 Jelly Bean custom ROMs
CyanogenMod 9.0.x (Android 4.0.3 - 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)
Download Gapps for CM9.0.x Android 4.0.3 - 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs
CyanogenMod 7.1-2.x (Android 2.3.5 - 2.3.7 Gingerbread)
Download Gapps for CM7.1-2.x Android 2.3.5 - 2.3.7 Gingerbread custom ROMs
Android 2.3.4 - Gingerbread
CyanogenMod 7.0.x (Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread)
Download Gapps for CM7.0.x Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread custom ROMs
Android 2.3.2 - Gingerbread
CyanogenMod 6.0-1.x (Android 2.2.0 - 2.2.3)
Download Gapps for CM6.0-1.x Android 2.2.0 - 2.2.3 ROMs
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