Xiaomi devices are so popular that many people will import them from China by going through various resellers online. The thing is, these ship with the Chinese version of MIUI and that means Google Play isn’t installed on them by default. So let me how to easily install the Google Play Store on the Redmi Note 7 and Redmi Note 7 Pro.
Now, if you have purchased a Redmi Note 7 that was imported from China and it already has the Google Play Store on it then you may want to be careful. A lot of resellers will tell you that they are installing it onto your device as a service (so you don’t have to do it yourself).
While they may be true, it could also mean they have installed some malicious software on the device as well.
Personally, I go through the Mi Global Store on AliExpress and request them to send me a closed box version with the Chinese software so I know it has not been tampered with. Sure, it’s a little extra work to get things like the Google Play Store on there (and later switching over to the global version of MIUI), but I feel much safer going this route.
At the end of the day, Xiaomi makes some great devices (hardware wise) at an incredibly price. I am willing to go through these extra steps to make sure there hasn’t been any malicious software installed by the reseller. Whether or not you trust the Chinese version of MIUI is another topic entirely (Xiaomi.eu ROMs are a popular alternative for MIUI fans).
So, if you find yourself with the Redmi Note 7 or Note 7 Pro and it does not have the Google Play Store installed on it, then follow these steps to download it from Xiaomi’s Mi App Store instead.
How to Install the Google Play Store on the Redmi Note 7
- Open up the Xiaomi Mi App Store
This is the red/orange app icon labeled App Store
- Search for the following word in the text box at the top. . .
- And then press the blue Enter button at the bottom right of the keyboard
- Scroll down all the way to the bottom and tap on the option that looks like this. . .
- It should take you to an app page for an application that weighs about 167KB
- Tap the Install button to the right
- Then tap the Open button
- Look toward the bottom of the app it opened and then tap the big blue circle button
- Once tapped, we need to give this app permission to install applications so tap the Settings option at the bottom
- Enable this permission by tapping the Allow From This Source toggle
- Then tap the back button to go back into the previous application
- Look at the bottom right of the screen and tap the Install button to begin the installation script
- It will install that application and show a Done button at the bottom
However, do not tap this Done button as this script should continue from one application install to the next
- Continue tapping the Install button at the bottom right for each application it wants to install
And keep this up until it installs the last app (which should be the Google Play Store)
- When it gets to the last app in the script you will want to tap the Open button that appears to the right of the Done button
- This will open the Google Play application and ask you to sign into your Google account
- Once signed in, tap the Home button to go back to the Home Screen
You should see the Google Play Store application icon at the end of the Home Screen
- Tap the Google Play Store app icon to open it and you can then install and use applications and games from the Play Store
- You will get this prompt the first time you attempt to open any application installed from the Play Store
Simply tap Accept and you’ll be able to use the application like normal without seeing the prompt for that app again.
Now, close to 20 steps just to get the Google Play Store installed on a Chinese version of the Redmi Note 7 or Note 7 Pro may seem excessive. This can sound especially so if the reseller you are in contact with is one that you trust and one that says they will do all of this for you if you buy it from them.
Whether or not you trust said reseller is something you will have to decide on. This whole process may have taken me 5 minutes from start to finish. The video is longer due to me explaining the steps we are taking but this isn’t something that will take you 15+ minutes.
Although, I should say this is taking download times out of account since I have a fast internet connection. It may take you longer if your download speed is slow.
Installing Google Play Store Apps on the Redmi Note 7
The applications downloaded from the Play Store after all of this is done should work exactly the same as a smartphone you purchased from your home country (that comes bundled with the Play Store). There may be certain situations where you will want or need to install other apps to complete the package though.
For instance, if you want Chrome as your web browser then you’ll need to install it manually through the Play Store. The same can be said with Gmail, Google Photos, Google Drive and everything else. What we’re installing here is a barebones version of the Google Play Store and the services that are required for the apps to run.
You will even want to manually install applications such as Google Play Games if you want to sync your game progress from one device to another. And you will want to manually install Google Play Books, Movies, TV Shows to get the content you have purchased from your account onto the Redmi Note 7.