Huawei is a famous leading information and communications technology solutions provider. It has established a competitive portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, consumer devices and cloud computing based on responsible operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration. Its solutions, products, and services are available in more than 170 countries and areas, serving about one-third of the world’s population.
While most Huawei phones sold internationally run on Android and come pre-installed with Play Store and other Google system apps, Chinese Huawei devices have their own store for downloading apps. So, in case you find yourself with a new Huawei smartphone and no Google apps to be found, this post will guide you on how to download Play Store on Huawei smartphones that are brought from China or are operating on Chinese ROM.
How to download Play Store on your Huawei phone
First of all, go to the “Settings” on the Huawei device and enable “Download from Unknown Sources”. If you see a message warning you about the dangers of downloading apps from unknown sources, tap OK to accept, but do understand that there are real risks of downloading things to your phone from places other than the official markets. That’s why it’s important to find a trustworthy site to download the Google Play Store APK file from, so you aren’t unwittingly downloading malware along with it.
Open the browser that came installed on your Huawei and search for the latest version of Play Store APK. Remember: only download from sites you trust. You can use the Play Store download link in this post. Once you find the APK file in your device’s “Downloads”, you can install it.
If you are having problems downloading Play Store on Huawei Chinese devices
You might have noticed that even after installing the software updates on your Huawei smartphone, Google Play Store and other Google apps are deleted. This can happen because the ROM is Chinese and the developers have to clear Google apps.
To fix this issue, you can directly download and install the Play Store and Play Services by using an app which is named Google Installer. Here’s how to do it:
First, download Google Installer using the same method described above for the Play Store, searching online for the APK file. Then, you need to move both Google Installer and Google Play Store APK to the file storage of your Huawei phone.
If you haven’t already, go to “Settings” > “Security” > “Enable Download from Unknown Sources”. Then, locate the Google Installer APK file by using the file manager on your Huawei smartphone. Open and install the APK by tapping “OK”. You will see a blue circle; tap on it.
After that, tap on the yellow circle; it will then ask to install Google Services Framework. Tap “Install” and then “OK”. In the next step, you need to tap on the red circle, and then accept the terms and the permissions.
Now, locate Google Play Store’s APK file in your Huawei device’s internal storage. Tap to open, and then “Install” it. Finally, open Google Play Store, enter your Gmail account details to sign in, and now you are good to go.
Play Services and Play Store on Huawei devices
The good news is, most phones do not need to install Google Play Services separately. Anyway, if Google Play Store does not install Play Services by itself, you can download the APK file of Google Play Services and install it on your Huawei smartphone just like the other APK files, as explained above.
If this second method didn’t help you, then let’s try the method below:
Sometimes even after you finish installing Google Play Store, you may notice that Play Services are not working. However, to overcome this issue, follow these steps on your Chinese Huawei smartphone and you will be fine.
First of all, you have to reset the phone. Then, oen the Chinese Android app store “Hi App” and search for “Google”. Open the first apps folder you see, and then download Google Play Store and the other Google Play apps from there.
After downloading, log in to the Play Store by entering your Google account details. And that’s it! Now you can enjoy all the apps that offered by Google Play Store on your Huawei phone.
Tip: If none of these methods works for you, you should resort to this last method: you need to download “Gapps” and send it to your Huawei device. It will install all the Google apps along with Google Play Services.
By installing the Play Store on your Huawei phone, you can surely enjoy and download movies, games, music, and apps in addition to many great features. So, do yourself a favor and try to get the most out of your Huawei by making sure you don’t miss anything offered by Google Play Store.