Nubia Z18 Mini – Install Google Playstore

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With this guide you can install the Google Playstore on your Nubia Z18 Mini and use all Google Apps. Also I will describe you how to install Root Access on your Nubia Z18 Mini.

This guide can be done with the official firmware and since you will continue to receive manufacturer updates it should be preferred over the modified custom ROMs with Playstore.

The manual consists of two parts. In the first part you will learn how to switch from a modified shop ROM to the official manufacturer ROM. In the second part you will learn how to install the Google Playstore on the official manufacturer ROM. If you already have a Nubia Z18 Mini with official manufacturer software, you can skip the first part.

Part 1 – Changing from shop ROM to original ROM

1. Turn off your Nubia Z18 Mini. Press and hold the volume and power button simultaneously during the boot process. You should now see the following menu. Connect your phone to your PC now.
Nubia Z18 Mini Recovery Menü

2. Download the Flash package and the official ROM. Copy the flash package to the root folder of your C:/ hard disk and unpack it there.
Nubia Z18 Mini C Drive Windows
3. Open the autorun.exe file in the 3-TWRP+OpenGapps folder. The necessary drivers are now installed on your Windows PC.
4. Open the command prompt (“cmd” in the Windows search field). Copy the following command into the black window: “cd C:\Z18MiniPlaystore\3-TWRP+OpenGapps” and confirm.
5. Copy the following command and confirm: “fastboot oem nubia_unlock NUBIA_NX611J”.
6. Copy the following command and confirm: “fastboot flash recovery TWRP_recovery.img”. It should now look like this:
Nubia Z18 Mini ADB Fastboot
7. Select “Reboot to Recovery Menu” in the recovery menu of your mobile phone and confirm with the power button
8. Click on the cogwheel in the recovery menu on the top right and select “English” in the menu and confirm with the green arrow.
9. Your Nubia Z18 should be recognized on your PC as an external data carrier. Copy the archive “NX611J-update-ROMV216” (this is the official ROM) to the root directory of your phone. Don’t unpack the archive!
10. Select “Install” in the TWRP menu of your Nubia Z18 Mini, .
11. Select the official ROM and confirm with “Swipe to install”.
12. After the installation is finished, press the back button until you are back in the main menu and select “Wipe” and confirm with “Swipe to Factory Reset”.
You can now restart your device and have the official manufacturer ROM on your Nubia Z18 Mini.
16. Click your way through the setup process!

 

Part 2 – Install Google Playstore on the Nubia Z18 Mini

1. Download the flash package. Copy the Flash package to the root folder of your C:/ hard drive on Windows and unpack it there.
Nubia Z18 Mini C Drive Windows
2. Open the file “autorun.exe” in the folder 3-TWRP+OpenGapps. The necessary drivers are now installed on your Windows PC.
3. Connect your turned on Nubia Z18 Mini to your PC and copy the file “1-Google-Installer” and the file “2-open_gapps-arm64-8.1-nano-20180826” (do not unzip) to the main directory of your phone. If you want to install Root-Access, copy “3-Magisk.zip” and “4-Magisk.apk” on your phone too.
4. Open the file “1-Google-Installer” in the file manager of your mobile phone and install it. Just choose “Continue” and not “official download”.
5. Open the app and click on the blue circle. Install the individual Google Apps and always select “Continue” and not “official download”.
6. After the installation is complete (the button is now red), turn off your phone.
7. Press and hold the Volume down along with the power button to start the phone. You should see the following menu now. Connect your phone to your PC now.
Nubia Z18 Mini Recovery Menü
8. In Windows, open the command prompt (“cmd” in the Windows search box).
9. Copy the following command into the black window: “cd C:\Z18MiniPlaystore\3-TWRP+OpenGapps” and confirm.
10. Copy the following command and confirm: “fastboot oem nubia_unlock NUBIA_NX611J
11. Copy the following command and confirm: “fastboot flash recovery TWRP_recovery.img“. It should now look like this in the window:
Nubia Z18 Mini ADB Fastboot
12. You can now disconnect your phone from your PC. Select “Reboot to Recovery Menu” in the recovery menu of your mobile phone and confirm with the power button
13. In the recovery menu, first click on the cogwheel at the top right and then select “English” from the menu and confirm with the green arrow.
14. Select “Install” from the main menu
15. Scroll down to the file “2-open_gapps-arm64-8.1-nano-20180826” and click on it. Confirm with “Swipe to install”.
16. After the installation is complete, select the option “Wipe Cache” and confirm with “Swipe to wipe”.

Optional – Install Root on Nubia Z18 Mini

This is optional. If you don’t want to install Root-Access on your Nubia Z18 Mini, just proceed with step 19

17. Go back to the main Menu again and select “Install”.
18. Now select the “3-Magisk.zip”-File and swipe to insall. After that, select “Swipe to Wipe”

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19. Now select “Reboot System”.
20. Now open the Google Playstore. A pop-up appears. Confirm with “allow”. The Playstore sometimes closes afterwards.
21. Log in with your Google Account
22. Go to the Settings of your phone and select “App Info”
23. Select all Google-Apps and go to “permissions”. Make sure all Permissions are granted.
24. Go to Settings again and select “Autostart Management”. Grant autostart to “Google Account Manager”
25. Restart your phone
26. In case you installed Root-Acces in TWRP before, open the App “My Files” and install the App “4-Magisk.apk”

27. Done. You should now have a fully working playstore. In case App-Installations get stuck at “downloading”, a restart of your device should solve this problem.

 
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I did everything you have said until part 2 step 5… I keep pressing the blue button and it does not work for some reason….

Wolfgang Müller
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Wolfgang Müller

Hello, is it posible that someone can explain an old men in german what I have to do that my z18 mini is working? I didn´t have PlayStore to get Apps like WhatssApp, GXS, Spotify ……….
If you need more information from me for helping me please discribe very clear where I can find this information. Many thanks Wolfgang

Jack
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Jack

Hello, When I click on the flash package I am redirected to a flash package for the nubia z17 and not z18. Can you please fix the link. Thank you

Börn
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Börn

Hello,
after an OTA-update (2.16 -> 2.23), the system has completely crashed, it now remains firm with the words “Be yourself”… I tried to root the system, but unfortunately, the process of copying the Custom-ROM from the PC to the Smartphone does not work – breaks after about 1/3 (tried under Windows & Linux). Thus, I can not install a new system from TWRP … Can I get the custom rom somehow different on the smartphone (USB-Device)?

Julian
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Julian

Will you also provide a tutorial for installing play store on Nubia Z18 (Nx606J)?
Thank you!

daviart
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daviart

hello:
I bougt Nubia z18mini in China, so the googleplay doesn’t work.I follow the tutoria,but the download link nubiaZ18minigoogleplay doesnt work ,could u tell me where I can download this file? thank you so much

fred
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fred

Anyone can port custom ROM? Wanted to install exposed but then read it won’t work in nubia cause of their ui. It would be nice if anyone creates or finds something like lineage os or any other ROM on the internet

Ami
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Ami

Hello,

I bought the nubia z18 mini, everything works well even play sotre, however serivce google play has no authorization and I want to give permission because otherwise some application do not work

Ami
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Ami

hallo,

Ich kaufte das Nubia Z18 Mini, alles funktioniert gut, sogar spielen sotre, aber serivce Google Play hat keine Genehmigung und ich möchte die Erlaubnis geben, weil sonst einige Anwendung nicht funktionieren

Johnny
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Johnny

New update is available: v2.23. It cant be installed as OTA, only manually through TWRP. But then it breaks root and also all google apps/services. Seems I had to do a complete clean install with all the steps outlined in this guide. Is there an easier way just to do the incremental update, without all the other hassles?

Andreas
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Andreas

Could you also do a tutorial on rooting the phone?

Petros M.
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Petros M.

I followed your instructions very carefully and the installation was successful. I can confirm playstore and all Google apps to work properly! Only issue I have is the Google contacts. Unfortunately Contacts sync is not available as an option in my Google account sync options, only people details which is not useful. I tried disabling and enabling the Google contacts sync app in system apps and removing and adding my Google account but it doesn’t solve the problem! I also installed the Google Contacts app from playstore and still no luck. Any advice please? Thank you in advance!

Johnny
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Johnny

I get the phone in unopened box, with original rom, so can I just do part 2?
Also, where did you get that twrp recovery from for ZTE nubia Z18 mini? is it really for this phone?