How to get Google on your Huawei Mate 30 Pro

A Huawei Mate 30 Pro with Google Play services is unrivalled

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The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, if not for its lack of Google Play services may have been this year’s flagship of the year. It comes with the Kirin 990 octa-core chipset accompanied by 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. You also find a quad-camera setup and a large 4,500mAh battery to top the smartphone’s specifications. But its software, running EMUI 10 and Android Open Source Project (AOSP) means there is no out of the box support for Google Play services. So what is the workaround?

Step 1: Getting the files

By visiting this link, you will get all the files you need to get this to work. Extract the downloaded files to your computer and then paste them in a freshly formatted Type-A or Type-C USB drive. If you are using a Type-A USB drive, make sure to have a Type-A to Type-C USB adaptor handy as you will need to plug in the drive to your phone for the next steps.

Step 2: Copying and restoring

Once your USB drive is plugged into the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, you will be able to access it by opening the ‘Files’ application. Here, navigate to your drive where you will see the files you transferred from your computer. If you see any additional files, just ignore them.

The files that your USB drive should have

Firstly, you want to hold the ‘Huawei.zip’ file, select ‘Extract to’ and then choose ‘Current directory’ followed by ‘OK’. After this, visit your storage drive once again, this time focusing on the ‘Google’ folder. Hold it, select ‘Copy’ and then select ‘Other location’. In the options, you want to choose the smartphone’s ‘Internal storage’ and then proceed to ‘Paste’ the file.

When complete, you should have these two applications installed

Next, head to the Huawei Mate 30 Pro’s settings and choose ‘System & updates’. Then select ‘Backup & restore’, click on ‘Data backup’ and choose ‘External storage’. Here, you should choose the ‘USB storage’ option where you will find a backup dated October 17. Click on this and make sure that both the ‘Apps’ and ‘Data’ check-marks for the two applications are enabled. When you click ‘Restore’, you will be prompted to enter a password which is the one you see on screen. Once done, you should see two applications installed on your home screen.

Step 3: The final stretch

At this stage, you will need to head back into your smartphone’s ‘Files’ application, navigate to ‘Internal storage’ and back into the ‘Google’ folder we looked at earlier. Here, you will see six applications which you will have to click on and install in order, giving permissions wherever necessary. Some of these applications take a bit of time to install so patience is key here.

Installing the six applications from the internal storage of your Huawei Mate 30 Pro

Once done, you will see six applications on your home screen. A few will be familiar to you but we are not quite done just yet. Click on the application with the purple ‘G’ logo and give it permission to ‘Activate’. Follow this by clicking ‘Allow’ and then click on the blue bars until the application starts showing a loading animation.

Restarting the phone is the last step to get Google Play services

You will see an error sign being displayed when loading the first application, which is your cue to hold the power button on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro and restart it. Once the phone restarts, you should have Google Play services running as usual on your phone. Just make usre you remove the USB drive from your phone before signing into your Google account for the first time because sometimes, it displays an error.

Is it the same Google Play?

The short answer is yes. With Google Play installed on your Huawei Mate 30 Pro, you can use it as a normal smartphone. You can access your favourite applications including Google services such as YouTube and Maps. In addition to this, you can use the Play Store to update installed applications on your phone with no hassle.