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How to install Google Play on the Huawei P50 Pro


Huawei makes pretty good smartphones, and a few years ago, it looked as though the company was on track to potentially dominate the smartphone market, beating out players like Apple and Samsung.

But all that changed when the company was put on the US Entity List, essentially forbidding them from doing business with US companies and vice versa. This effectively meant that Huawei’s relationship with Google was over, and that future Huawei smartphones could no longer include Google’s services.

This is a bummer because while Huawei makes great hardware, a large part of the Android experience revolves around Google and its services, so taking Google out of the equation made Huawei’s phones a lot less desirable, but there’s good news. If you don’t mind tinkering a bit, you can actually install Google Play on phones like the Huawei P50 Pro, and here’s how.

Install Google Play on Huawei P50 Pro

Before you proceed, it’s always a good idea to backup your phone and all of its contents. This is just in case something goes wrong during the installation process and you might need to factory reset your device and then restore the data.

This method might not be for everyone, especially those who might not be as tech savvy, so proceed at your own risk!

  1. Launch the Huawei App Gallery on the P50 Pro and search for the “GSpace” app
  2. Download and install the app
  3. Download the GSpace 1.0.5 APK with Google Play Icon
  4. Launch the File Manager on your phone
  5. Go to Huawei P50 Pro Phone storage > Download
  6. Tap and hold “GSpace Icon” to select it
  7. Tap on the four dots icon at the bottom right of the screen
  8. Tap on Extract To and then tap on OK
  9. You’ll be asked if you want to overwrite, tap YES, then tap on Gspace Icon, then tap on the first APK file at the top of the list
  10. Tap Allow, then tap on Install, then tap Open
  11. Go back to your home screen and launch the GSpace app
  12. When prompted, tap START
  13. Tap Allow and then tap Allow again, then tap Continue
  14. Go back to the file in the File Manager
  15. Tap on “play_-_gspace shortcut”
  16. Tap Other
  17. Tap Shortcut Maker
  18. Tap Always
  19. Tap the blue Create Shortcut button and then tap Add and you should now see the Google Play icon on your home screen
  20. Tap on the Google Play icon, sign in with your Google account
  21. Follow the instructions on the screen and you’re done, you now have access to the Play Store on your Huawei P50 Pro
Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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