How to Root Nokia X, X+, XL and Install Google Play Store for Apps

If you’ve got your Nokia First Android Mobile i.e. Nokia X and looking for a way to Install Google Play Store, Google Apps and Google Now Launcher in Nokia X, then this article is dedicated to you guy in which we’re going to cover step by step guide to make that thing happen.

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Few day back Nokia unveiled their first Android Smartphone i.e. Nokia X, along with Nokia X+ and Nokia XL. But Nokia Disappointed lots of people who were badly looking for this anticipated device by releasing a forked version of Android. Also, UI of these Nokia Android devices is very similar to Windows Phone. This device also missing all the Google apps and comes with preinstalled Microsoft’s apps. Google Play Store is also missing and replaced with Nokia Android Store. Nokia X also misses many popular apps like Gmail, YouTube, Google Now and you won’t be able to get them in near future.

But thanks to Senior Member Kashamalaga of XDA who comes up with a guide is quite simple a.k.a Kashamalaga’s Guide. Now with this guide you can successfully root Nokia X and be able to install Google Play Store, Google Apps and Google Now Launcher and much more. Just root it and make your Nokia X a real Nokia Android Mobile.

How Kashamalaga Guide Works?

This guide is very simple and easy to use, first you need to acquire root access using the Galdalf Exploit in Framaroot. After that install root-capable file manager, then copy Nokia X specific Gapps package by Kashamalaga to your /system/app folder, and give appropriate permissions. After that, few more apps installation and you will be able to access the various Google Apps, Google Experience Launcher and Google Play Store.

Disclaimer : ”If you are rooting your Nokia X using this guide then you are responsible for anything you do to your device. You can read about Rooting”

Update (13/09/2014) The Kashmalaga guide only work on those devices not updated to Nokia X latest firmware v11.1.1. For device running on firmware version v11.1.1 check below kingoroot guide

So, if you own Nokia X and looking to make the most of your device, then follow the below step by step guide to learn more.

1. The first thing you need is rooted Nokia X device to install Google Apps.

2. To root your Nokia X Android device you need to use Gandalf Exploit included in FrameRoot app.

Note: When you try to download this file that it may harm your system, but you can proceed its safe.

3. After that you need a Root Explorer App which you can easily download from Google Play Store. You can download whatever you want.

4. Now download the zip file which contains all the.apk file which you need to root your Nokia X device. Download this zip file, i.e. Nokia X Gapp KashaMalaga

5. What you need to do now is, extract the Zip folder to /system/app and change the permission for these files which are shown below in the snapshot, and reboot your device.

Nokia X Change Permission

6. After that you need to download Google Apps .apk files. Extract the zip folder and install the apps which you want to use on your device and install apps.

7. Also, if you want to install Google Now Launcher on your device, simply install the Google Now Launcher .apk which you already downloaded in step 6. Just open it and I’m sure it will work for you.

Nokia X Google Now

8. Now launch Google Play Store and it will ask for a Google account, just login using your Gmail ID and it will start working.

Nokia X Google Play Store

That’s it and congratulation, your Nokia X device has all the Google Apps and from onward you will be able to download all the app from Google Play Store.

Update (13/09/2014): Lots of people lost root access with the new firmware update v11.1.1. In this case you can reroot your device with step by step guide below:

1. First of all download Nokia X Driver and KingoRoot

For those wondering what to do with the Nokia drivers:

  • Just plug your phone to your computer
  • Go to device manager and find your phone on the list (it should have a punctuation mark for windows 7 users)
  • Right click on your phone and install the nokia drivers Automatically or manually.

2. Now when your device is updated with the latest drivers and plug in.

3. Open KingRoot app while device its working and plugged (If everything goes fine, should be detected as: Android Device (msm8625) Normal Mo

Wait for a few seconds, once your device is rooted, it will automatically reboot. If not you can do it yourself. Check this guide if you want to know how KingoRoot works.

4. After that you need to download Google Apps .apk files. Extract the zip folder and install the apps which you want to use on your device and install apps.

Frequently Asked Question?

I’ve rooted and installed Gapps. I can’t update OTA via above setting guide because Nokia_X has rooted. Can you show me the method?

In case you want OTA updates by Nokia, then you need to unroot your device, factory reset it and then Update your device to the latest OS version and then root your device using above guide.

After I’ve installed Google search and the others Gapps, a popup ‘Google search has stopped’ appeared. And I can’t open any google apps, including the launcher

Basically its permission error which should get fixed if you re-flash g-apps with Nokia X Manager or Nokia X Flasher.

Note: I’m not taking any credit to above mentioned work, as this way was originally shared on XDA Forum. So, if you have any query related to above guide, drop your queries will try to answer it for sure

100 thoughts on “How to Root Nokia X, X+, XL and Install Google Play Store for Apps

  1. please upload a video sample link………………..

  2. I need a video link

  3. i have nokia xl but framaroot show error and telling to try another exploit…. i have tried more than 20 times but it doesnt really work…

  4. Who told u , u can’t use google apps ?? I’m using all without rooting my Nokia XL !! Try the phone b4 posting this drama

  5. Homam – How to do it… without rooting it. Am using Nokia XL bro

    • how to download whatsapp
      i downloaded but is not working

      • Bro its not work whatsuo u wantt go to google after write whatsup+ after download xl is working whatsplus not work whatsup plus in blue clour nice working

      • It will.. jus install whatsapp n register ua num. When the notificatn shows that ua gadget does nt support the app jus go to the home page> people> go to the contact that is active on whatsapp and then go to msg icon or whatsapp icon below will open.

  6. The best way to Nokia X user to acces Play Store to get more apps without limitation. Thank for sharing ide to root Nokia X

  7. I’m using nokia XL…. framaroot 1.9.1 Is not able to root……. shows some error #7……… software version and model is RM-1030…… please help….

    • This trick not able to rooting my xl.

    • i have nokia xl i rooted it within 10 seconds thats how install nokia x manager on your pc or laptop
      unzip nokia x usb driver file on your desktop now connect your phone it will show not installed go to my computer right click properties then device manager there you will see nokia xl right click and update driver on path desktop your phone will be in front to use then open nokia x manager and press root 20 seconds it will ask install super user press yes and you are done

      • i done it same ….but my xl after reboot does not start … stuck in boot on nokia name ..

        • shivam katoch says:

          Dude …..try this out…….. just turn of your phone and press volume up and power key. When phone starts and nokia logo come release power key but keep pressing volume up key…..a menu will come navigate using up and down key and enter using power ke then navigate to reset button…press power key

      • help me.plz my phone is also nokia xl

  8. tnx a lot guys :D

  9. Its say u can’t copy because the files are read only.

  10. Plz help me for rooting my Nokia xl

  11. Root all ways failed

  12. Please give me a rooting solution

    Nokia x . Xl

  13. I m using nokia xl it is not support whats app some other to solve this problem

  14. to root nokia xl try usung nokia x manager

  15. pls tell me error try using another eploit

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  17. This store is not responding their coming some things problem

  18. I tried rooting my nokia xl using framaroot but it failed. Keeps showing “error 7″ how do I go about it?

  19. I downloaded nokia x Gapps kashamalaga but how do I extract the apps to the required system/app location, now that am using astro file manager.

  20. Dear all please advice me how install google play store in my Nokia XL I Really tired i will conencey to peoples do not buy this els mobile its waisted my time plz advice me how to install google play store/???

  21. ansjdhdjs says:

    if I download nokia x manager , I can root my nokia xl??? plz plz plz replayyy

  22. can i sync with google calendar after the root ?

  23. harsharan says:

    Error is coming at the time of installing super su

    Failed:-(….Try another exploit if available (Error #7)

  24. Its very simple friendz…

  25. gandalf exploit is not present in all the frameroot versions. so pls give a direct link to download frameroot with gandalf exploit

  26. thanks

  27. Hi i have purchased Nokia XL 2 weeks before & i cannot play any games after downloading can u please help me on this.

  28. & can u please also tell me how to block any number from my contact list.

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  30. how to remove error 07 n what is that pls help

  31. I updated my nokiax to 1.2.4. All old method to root now not working. Not able to install pc driver also. any new method to root ?

  32. cannot install driver manually…what”s the actual problem? mine version

  33. Nokia xl fore hardtop

  34. Hello guys ,,, so after I updated my nokia XL to version , my computer (windows 8.1 64bits) can not install the driver for nokia xl , even if I download the usb driver from the indicated link and browse it it always can not be installed … nokia x manager also can not detect it … eventhought I am able to browse files on phone storage and memory card from my computer …. IT IS REALLY ANNOYING .. any help please ? thank you

    • If manual driver update method not working, why don’t you search drivers online if you have internet connectivity. For automatic search just:

      Go to desktop on a PC
      Right click on the computer and click manage Select Device manager
      In the list, Nokia X will be listed with a Question mark icon.
      Right click and select update driver, and choose update driver automatically

      I hope this work for you now

  35. umar hussain says:

    I have nokia xl and I bought today Iam really hard trying to update its apps store but updating failed …how can I fix this error please tell me ..????

  36. my laptop window 7 cant find device driver of nokia xl,in device manager,plz help me,i downloaded a file of 8.3 mb from net single driver,but not work

  37. How to install google play store in nokia xl phone

  38. Nokia XL phone looks good, but i am facing too many problems to install each and every application which is commonly used like – Wat’s app , gmail and all…
    I did so much R&D to install Wat’s app and finally able to install after adjusting some time settings. But still sometimes it shows some warnings/errors with my wat’s app

    I am really feeling so bad and feeling now that i picked a wrong phone….

    Guys, please list the steps how to install gmail or google apps:

    I am able to install the app, but when i tried to use it – it’s exiting by showing the below error:
    – “Could not find google accounts, exiting application”

  39. sell your phone or throw in the river and buy a new ZTE or ALCATEL seriously…. (^^^)

  40. Whats app problam solf for nokia xl

  41. My phone nokia xl pehle xl me whats app not supported aata tha ab new version he mere pass usme direct whats app chta he koi problam ne aati agar kese phone me nhi chlta to call me 8684034040

  42. hey bro nokia x manager is not detecting my device

  43. install whatsapp and also install whats app launcher wjich is availabel on store then it works

  44. Why Nokia X USB driver in Windows 8.1 does not work.
    Please help me.

  45. Plz tell me in new version of nokia xl whatsapp plus is support or not plz tell me any one

    • Why don’t you update your mobile to latest version and download and install official Whatsapp from official website, it working now on all Nokia X devices :D let me know if its working on your device. Also what’s your current firmware version?

  46. can I convert Nokia xl into windows phone if no then how to install Google play store

  47. I have updated my Nokia XL to now how to root it and get access to Google play store. Plz help ….

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  52. My XL , I downloaded the frameroot but there was the #7 error could you please tell me a way

  53. Pls how can i download google playstore on my XL without rooting my device? Pls need your help

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