Download Gmail 4.2 for Android

Download Gmail 4.2 APK, gets you pinch-to-
zoom feature. Root required!
Posted on October 13, 2012 in Android Apps ,
Hacks by Abhijeet
The next version of the Gmail app for Android
was revealed yesterday to be bringing some
important features
like pinch to zoom in emails, swiping away
emails to archive them, reporting emails as
phishing emails, etc. But Android Police , who
had gotten hold of the unreleased Gmail app
couldn’t share it back then, but they have done
so now and it is available for everyone to
install on their device, without needing to wait
for Google to release the update on the Play
Keep in mind that this version of Gmail has not
been officially released yet and hence may
have problems, but none have been reported so
far. Also, you will need a rooted device in
order to install Gmail 4.2, as it involves
completely removing the older version of Gmail
installed on your device. If problems occur, you
can simply install Gmail from the Play Store.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at
how Gmail 4.2 can be installed.
How to Install Gmail 4.2
1. First, make sure your device is rooted,
as this requires changing a few system
files not accessible without root. Also
ensure you are using an Android 4.0 or
4.1 ROM.
2. Download the Gmail APK from one of
the links below:
Download Link or Alternative Link
3. Rename the downloaded file to Gmail2
(if you see .apk at the end of the file
name, don’t remove it).
4. Copy the Gmail2.apk file to your
5. On your device, go into Settings »
Apps. Here, under the “Downloaded”
tab, check to see if there is Gmail in
the list of installed apps. If yes, then
press on Gmail, then select Uninstall
updates and confirm the uninstall.
6. Now, we need to use a file manager app
that allows accessing system files. If
you already use one and know how to
make changes to system files, open that
file manager and go ahead to step 7.
Those won’t don’t have a root file
manager installed, follow steps 6.1 to
6.5 below:
1. Install ES File Explorer from
the Play Store.
2. Go into its Settings, then scroll
down and click on the Root
settings option.
3. Enable the “Root Explorer”
option, then click Yes when
prompted. Then, click the Allow/
Grant button on the next popup
to grant root access to ES File
4. Also enable the options “Up to
Root” and “Mount File System”.
Then, close the settings and go
back to the main app.
5. Then, press the “Up” button on
the top till you can see folders
such as “acct”, “cache” etc.
7. Go into the system/app folder. Here,
delete the file named Gmail.apk file
(make sure to mount the system as R/W
if you are using a file manager other
than ES File Explorer).
8. Also delete the file Gmail.odex if it
exists in system/app , otherwise ignore
this step.
9. Now, reboot your device.
10. After the device boots up, open ES File
Explorer (or the file manager app you
are using), and browse to where you
transferred the Gmail2.apk file in step
11. Tap on the Gmail2.apk file, then press
the Install button to install Gmail 4.2.
12. Once installation is complete, you can
use Gmail 4.2 by opening it from the
apps menu on your device. The first time
you open it, you might need to grant it
access to your Gmail account from the
notification in the status bar, so that
your email can be synced.
Gmail 4.2 is now installed on your Android
device. Enjoy, and do let us know goes it works
for you!
Via: Android Police