If you are using a Chinese language ROM on your Xiaomi device or you have imported your device from Chinese re-sellers like AliExpress or GearBest, the moment you set up your phone you will notice that Google Play Store along with all other Google services will be missing from the device. These devices have a Chinese App Store and all the apps are in foreign language.
There is no limitation to sideload the APK file and install the apps manually, or by installing a different app store like Amazon, but it’s not just about the Play Store. It’s about Google services like contacts, location, games that keep the data synced and also makes sure that the apps and other data are always kept updated on your device. So let’s see how you can install them without even having root access.
Installing Play Store and Google Play Service
Step 1: Open up the App Store on your MIUI Android phone and search for Google. A small blueish-purple color icon will pop up with DU written on it. I am not sure what that DU means, but tapping on it will list some Google related apps on your screen.
Step 2: Here, tap on the first app that you see and install it to your device. This app is basically a container app for all the other Google apps and services. When you launch it, it will be in Chinese language. On the app, tap the button in the center and it will start installing the Google services related apps. If this is the first time you are installing any app manually, you will have to grant Unknown Sources Permission in the Security settings.
Step 3: Now let all the apps be installed and once that’s done, don’t launch the Play Store just yet. We will have to manually update the two apps to the latest version so that you can download and update apps. To get that done, download these two files (Link 1, Link 2) and then save it to the internal storage of your MIUI device.
Step 4: Now open up the File Explorer app and install the two apps one after another on the phone. Please note that before you install these apps, don’t open any Google app nor configure your Google account.
Step 5: Once all the apps are installed, open the Google Play Store and you will be asked to enter your Google account credentials and set up different permissions. After the Play Store is set up, it might update the Google Play Services in the background so I would suggest you to leave the phone idle for a few mins.
That’s all, you can now install and update apps from the Play Store and also enjoy other services like Google Contact, Calendar and Photos. This method will not install apps like Maps, Gmail, Keep and other Google related apps and those have to be installed manually from the Play Store.
Note: Please note that I have executed these steps on MIUI 8 Alpha ROM on Xiaomi Mi 5. Things might change in future MIUI releases and if you are not able to download the Play Store using this guide, please let us know through the comments section and we will try to update you on the same.