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    How to install Google Play Store on Huawei / Honor smartphones

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    New Huawei / Honor devices will launch without Google apps. Many Android users will be pissed, because there is neither the Google Play Store nor the Gmail app on the phone. However, there is a way to install the Google Play Store on Huawei / Honor smartphones. In this guide, we will explain how to use the Google Installer to reinstall Google services, especially the Google Play Store.


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    Huawei surprised us all with the launch of its new Mate 30. They are the best on the market but that's not what left us surprised ... it's that comes without the pre-installed Google apps. It brings EMUI 10 yes, but based on AOSP (the free access version of Android) and which does not have GApps.



    Fortunately, there are several ways to have them on your Huawei phone and, while it's not that comfortable, it won't be a big deal to the user. After all it's just installing an APK, read on to know everything.

    An APK to have Google services on your Huawei

    As we said having no Google apps is not a problem as such, it has a simple solution. Either way it has some drawbacks, there will be some details that won't be factory when everything is not factory installed. It's like having a “clipped” Android. The good thing? You have more privacy with Google, you will not share any data.


    How to install Google Play Store on Huawei / Honor smartphones - 1 method

    microG GmsCore: fast, simple and complete

    microG is a pretty good alternative for apps if you're a little more advanced. In addition to the Store and other details, add all the services in full. That is, you will have an "official" mobile phone with the advantage of having greater privacy on your Huawei. Installing them has no mystery, they are different APK files.



    Download the GmsCore microG APK from the link we leave below, install it and go. Now you can enjoy all the benefits of Google Play Services without having them.

    Download | microG GmsCore


    If this method does not work, quiet nothing has happened, continue reading this other method:

    Go to this website and download the file to your mobile. Now grant permissions to install applications from unknown sources, open the APK and click "Install". From there you can go to Google Play and download everything, keep in mind that for the first time it doesn't work. Restart your Huawei and go. The page is Chinese.

    How to install Google Play Store on Huawei / Honor smartphones - 2 method

    In this example, we used a Huawei P20. Some menu items may have a different name. However, the procedure is the same. In addition to the smartphone, the Google Installer APK file is also required. You can also download it from here.


    Step 1.  Download theAPK of Google Installer 3.0  (the latest version) from the link above on your computer.

    Step 2.  Go to "Ssettings"  on your mobile.

    Step 3.  Find the menu item "Security and privacy" and select it.

    Step 4.  Tap "More  settings".

    Step 5.  To enable "Download apps from external sources".


    Step 6.  You will see a notification “Using apps from unknown sources will make your device and personal data more vulnerable to security threats”. Tap "OK”To continue.


    Step 7.  Now connect your mobile to the PC and transfer the downloaded app to the “Download” folder on your smartphone. Then open the “Files” app on your phone.

    Step 8.  Then go to the folder "Downloads and Favorites".


    Step 9.  Click on the “Downloads” folder.

    Step 10.  Now you can see "APK of Google Installer”And touch it.

    Step 11.  In the window that appears, select “Install”.

    Step 12.  When installation is complete, the installed app opens. Tap "Install" to begin installing Google services.

    Step 13.  It takes some time for the apps to install.

    Step 14.  Once the installation is complete, you will find Google Play Store on the Home screen. There you can install multiple Google apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, YouTube and so on.

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