Jul 20th, 2020

With Huawei still being placed on the US Entity list and with the US and China trade war not looking like it will come to an end soon, it means that for the foreseeable future, Huawei users should probably not expect to have Google Play Services available on their devices.

But there is good news for those looking to put a bit of work into it.

This is because thanks to a workaround, you can actually install Google Play Services on your Huawei P40 smartphone. There are a lot of steps involved and it is by no means an official method, but if you absolutely need to have Google on your phone, then do read on as we’ll guide you through the entire process step by step.

Before you get started

  • You’ll want to backup your phone and all of its files in the event that something goes wrong
  • You will also need an external USB drive
  • You will also need an adapter that will let you connect your USB drive to your Huawei P40

How to install Google Play Store on the Huawei P40

  1. Download the Huawei GMS Install file from here
  2. Load it onto the USB drive and connect it to your Huawei P40
  3. Go to Settings > System & updates > Backup & restore > Data backup > External storage > USB storage
  4. Select the file you loaded onto the USB drive and tap Restore
  5. Enter the password shown on your screen and tap OK
  6. Clear all background applications
  7. Look for the app on your home screen with a purple G icon and tap on it to launch the app
  8. Tap Activate
  9. Tap Allow
  10. Return to the home screen and clear all background apps again
  11. Relaunch the app and tap on the blue button at the bottom of the app’s screen and let it run in the background
  12. Go to your phone’s files and open the USB drive
  13. Look for the Google installation folder and tap on it
  14. You will have to install the first six files so tap on them one by one to install them
  15. Go to Settings > Users & accounts
  16. Tap Add an account and select Google
  17. You will be prompted with an error message informing you that the app was built for an older version of Android, but tap OK anyway
  18. Tap Existing
  19. Enter your Google login credentials and tap Sign in
  20. Tap Next
  21. At this point you can keep adding Google accounts you want associated with the device, but you will have to do so now because once the process is complete, you won’t be able to unless you restart the entire installation procedure
  22. Clear all background applications
  23. Go to your phone’s files and open the USB drive
  24. Look for the Google installation folder and tap on it
  25. Tap on the seventh file which will be Google Services Framework
  26. Tap Allow
  27. Tap Install and wait
  28. Once installed, tap Done
  29. Give the phone a minute or two and you will start seeing a bunch of error messages which will be normal. You can then choose to mute these error messages if they’re getting too annoying
  30. Go to your phone’s home screen and you should see the Google Play Store app
  31. Launch the newly-installed Google Play Store
  32. Download and install an app called Device ID by VTechSevi
  33. Launch the app and look for Google Service Framework
  34. Clear your background applications
  35. Go to your phone’s Settings > Apps
  36. Tap the three-dot icon to the top right corner and select Show system processes
  37. Look for Google Play Services
  38. Tap Force Stop
  39. Tap Uninstall
  40. Clear all background applications
  41. Go to your phone’s files and open the USB drive
  42. Tap on the Google installation folder and install the eighth application called GMS Core Mod 1
  43. Tap Allow
  44. Tap Install
  45. Go to your phone’s Settings > Apps
  46. Tap the three-dot icon to the top right corner and select Show system processes
  47. Look for Google Services Framework and tap on it and go to Storage
  48. Tap Clear Cache and Clear Data
  49. Clear all background applications
  50. Launch the Device ID app and you will notice that the Google Services Framework ID is gone
  51. Launch the Google Play Store – At this point some of you might be greeted by an error message asking you to retry. Keep doing this until the app launches without any error messages. This could take several attempts
  52. Launch the Device ID app and check if the Google Services Framework ID has been regenerated
  53. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until the ID reappears
  54. Once the Google Services Framework ID has been stored, go to your phone’s Settings > Apps
  55. Tap the three dot icon to the top right corner and select Show system processes
  56. Look for Google Play Services
  57. Tap Force Stop
  58. Tap Uninstall
  59. Go to your phone’s files and open the USB drive
  60. Tap on the Google installation folder and install the ninth application called GMS Core Mod 2
  61. Tap Allow
  62. Tap Install

Conclusion

Assuming you follow these steps correctly, you should have no issues using the Google Play Store and downloading apps from it. We should also note that Google did previously warn against sideloading its apps onto unauthorized devices, so you might encounter errors in the future when trying to use them,

Now, as we said, this is a rather long series of steps and we imagine that some might feel uncomfortable using this method. If this isn’t for you, then Huawei’s app store should still have most of the major applications available on them.

Source: #GNTech

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