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Huawei Mate 30 Pro: how to install Google apps and the Play Store?

Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro is coming to the French market. However, American sanctions against Huawei oblige it to launch this new model without Google services. But all is not lost: here is how to find them.

After a few months of reflection, Huawei has finally decided to launch its Mate 30 Pro on the French market. It will be available exclusively on December 9 on the Huawei website. Only one model will be available: the Mate 30 Pro with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. There is also only one finish: Silver gray.

Huawei packs its high-end smartphone in a nice package including the Mate 30 Pro, but also a Watch GT watch, a 15 Watts wireless charger, as well as a wallet case, all for € 1,099 with a refund offer of 200 €. The set therefore falls to € 800, a comfortable discount which aims to make people forget the deafening absence of Google services from this Mate 30 Pro.

Google Maps, Play Store, Google Photos, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Forget all these services and many others, they are unavailable on this Mate 30 Pro. One reason for this, Huawei is deprived of all Google services and therefore of its application market by the United States.

Why is the Mate 30 Pro deprived of Google services?

Huawei has been in the spotlight for several months now because of US sanctions prohibiting it from sourcing from American companies amid fears for national security. In reality, the manufacturer is taken hostage between the American and Chinese governments and the trade war they are waging, especially since the beginning of 2018. For Huawei, this exclusion from the American market also prohibits him (among others ) use the Google Play Store and Google apps on their smartphones.

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This summer, the Trump administration lifted part of the sanctions against Huawei and granted two successive 90-day suspension periods to continue working with its American partners on products already on the market. But regarding new products like the Mate 30 Pro, Huawei still has no right to integrate Google apps and must be content with Android 10 AOSP (the open source version, devoid of GApps) as the basis for its EMUI 10 operating system.

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Fortunately, there are alternative solutions to find these Google applications on the Mate 30 Pro, as well as access to apps from the Play Store, until Huawei can officially integrate Google services again on its smartphone.

Even if they are a priori harmless, the manipulations which will follow are however to be carried out at your own risk: Tom’s Guide cannot be held responsible for any damage inflicted on your device.

Add Google services to Mate 30 Pro with LZ Play

The first “historical” method to add Google’s applications and services to Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro, available very soon after the launch of this smartphone, was to use LZPlay. Unfortunately, the site and the tools and certificates required for this method have since been deactivated.

However, it was enough to go to the LZPlay site, download an .apk file and then install it. The software would then automatically download all the necessary files (including the framework), then install the Play Store. All that was left was to install the desired Google applications.

A researcher discovered that this .apk file used hidden features of Huawei’s Mobile Device Management API, which indicates in passing that the manufacturer was perfectly aware (at least) of the existence of LZPlay. Since then, the site allowing to download the apk has been taken offline and the apk itself has also been rendered inoperative. All smartphones that have benefited from this method now fail Google’s SafetyNet verification, which can prevent them from accessing certain services (especially in terms of payment), or even launching certain applications.

Add Google services to the Mate 30 Pro using Hi Suite and a backup

Since then, another method to find a Play Store usable on Le Mate 30 Pro has emerged. This requires following the next few steps

  • Make a backup of your Mate 30 Pro with HiSuite and do a factory reset of the smartphone
  • Download the following ZIP file which contains the Google Apps and a backup.
  • Extract the ZIP file on an SD card for example.
  • Restore the built-in backup in the ZIP file to the Mate 30 Pro. Check that the system settings are also restored.
  • Restart your smartphone
  • Launch the installation of Google Apps (the G on the welcome), validate the requested permissions.
  • In the application settings, erase all data relating to the Google Apps that you have installed.
  • Restart the Huawei Mate 30 Pro.
  • You can launch the Play Store!

Please note, this method does allow access to the Play Store and launch Google Apps, but it still does not allow the Mate 30 Pro to pass SafetyNet verification.

Add your applications to the Mate 30 Pro using an alternative store

For those who do not wish to embark on the previous manipulations, there remains the solution of using an alternative Store such as Aptoide. you will not necessarily have all of the applications present in the Google Store, but at least the installation of this Store is safe.

Like other alternative stores like Amazon Appstore, you will still need to authorize installation from unknown sources. The number of applications on these alternative stores is of course lower than that of the Play Store, but everyone should find what they are looking for (except Google Apps of course).

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