How to Install Google Apps on Your Huawei Mate 30 Pro Without Bootloader Unlock

Sep 23, 2019
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The Huawei Mate 30 series, released earlier this week, are arguably the most powerful phones released in 2019 and can give just about every flagship a run for its money. However, thanks to the ongoing spat between Huawei and the US Government, the devices will ship without any Google Play services. Now, this isn't unusual for Chinese variants of smartphones, where the Play Store is banned, but international users will have a tough time adjusting to the lack of Google apps on Android.

A few days ago, Huawei CEO Richard Yu said in an interview that there might be a possibility that the bootloader on the Mate 30 Pro will be unlockable. Unfortunately, isn't happening and we're going to have to figure out other ways to sideload the Google Play services. It isn't as simple as sideloading the APK as Google Play services require elevated permissions and have to be installed like a system app, via the system recovery. The Stock recovery won't let you sideload the GApps package as it isn't 'signed' by Huawei. Does this mean that you'll have to make do without Google Apps on your shiny new Mate 30? Absolutely not. A Reddit user found out how to do it. Let's take a look at how.

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How to install Google services on the Huawei Mate 30 Series

  1. Open any browser on the device. You can sideload it off places such as APKMirror.
  2. Head over to this address.
  3. The website is in a foreign language, so you need to press the big blue button to download the Google Services Framework installer
  4. Let the Google Services Assistant installer do its thing.
  5. Run the Play Store and log in with your credentials. It may not work at first, so you'll need to restart your phone once.
  6. Once your phone is back up and running, you'll need to sign in to the Play Store again.
  7. At this point, you can install apps like you would on any normal phone.

Some other Google services such as Maps may not work correctly initially, but a simple restart will fix it.

What is LZPlay and how does it work

LZPlay is an enterprise mobile device manager (MDM) that is used by corporations to provision their work phones. Unlike regular apps, MDMs get a load of system-level permissions as they are used by administrators to easily push and update software across a business' fleet of phones. It effectively has root access to your phone without actually compromising the /system folder. Now, the prospect of giving root access to some mystery app hosted in China might be terrifying for some people.

Any app with such extensive permissions could potentially wreak havoc on your device even though it's widely trusted and used by many corporations in China. If you decide to use LZPlay, make sure to uninstall it after you've set up your Google apps as it has served its purpose.

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