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Here’s a new way to install the Google Play Store and its apps on your Huawei smartphone. I have tried this on the Huawei P40.

I used the method originally posted here (if you want to check it out, use Google Translate because its in Portuguese). It was based on this YouTube video. According to the original post, this is compatible with the Huawei P40 Pro, Mate 30 Pro, Mate Xs, and P40 Lite.

Moreover, you won’t be getting the notifications errors once the whole process is complete.

Also see: Huawei P40 initial hands-on review, sample photos

Before we start, a word of caution. This is not an easy process. It does require some technical know-how. Potential issues might still occur, and it might not work on all devices. Plus, there is the very real threat of security. Do this at your own risk.

You have been warned. With that out of the way, let’s get started.

04/29/20: Based on feedback from friends and other bloggers, this method sometimes doesn’t work on the first try. Persistence is the key.

What you need

  • USB flash drive
  • OTG adapter
  • The install files which you can download here.

Install Google Play Store on your Huawei phone

  1. Download the file and unzip its contents. Transfer the files to the root directory of the USB flash drive.
  2. Connect the flash drive to your smartphone via the OTG cable. Copy the APK folder from inside the unzipped folder (GMS Android geek folder) you got from step one to your smartphone.
  3. Go to Settings> System & Update> Backup & restore> Data backup> External storage> USB storage. Under Restore from backup is the restore file. Tap it and make sure only Apps and data is selected. Tap Restore. Password is androidgeek.pt2 (05/02/20: You can opt to disregard Icebox from the Apps and data selection)
Huawei Google Play Store
  1. After restoring, you will have two new apps — Icebox and LZPlay. Icebox was used to freeze a service. While LZPlay (G icon with Chinese name) was a previous method used to install GMS on Huawei devices.
  2. Open the LZPlay app and approve all requested permissions.
Huawei Google Play Store
  1. Close all applications.
  2. Open the LZPlay app again, but don’t run the process. Just leave it running in the background.
  3. Open your phone’s file manager and go to the APK folder (from step 2). Install the first 6 APK files (in order of how they are numbered).
  4. Close all applications.
  5. Go to Settings> Users & accounts and add your Google account. Tap Next if there’s a minor error message and proceed with adding your account. If you want to add more than one Google account, now is the time to do so. You won’t be able to add anymore once we are done with the whole process.
  6. Close all applications.
  7. Go to your phones file manager and install the APK number 7. At this point, you will start getting the Play Services errors. Ignore them for now.
  8. Open the Play Store and install the Device ID app. The original post recommended to use this one.
  9. Run Device ID and give it the necessary permissions.
  10. Go to Settings> Apps> Apps, then tap the three dots, and then tap Show system processes.
  11. Look for Google Play Services and tap force stop until it stops running. Uninstall Google Play Services.
  12. Go to your phone’s file manager and install APK number 8.
  13. Open the Device ID app to confirm if you have the Google Service Framework number.
  14. Go to Settings> Apps> Apps> Show system processes. Look for the Google Services Framework and clear cache and data.
  15. Go to the Device ID app. The Google Service Framework number should have disappeared.
  16. Open the Google Play Store, then close all applications. The Play Store should give you an error similar to the image below. If there is no error, go back to step 19 (another option is to clear cache and data, and then uninstall and then re-install the Google Services Framework).
Huawei Google Play Store
  1. Restart your phone.
  2. Open the Google Play Store. You might encounter the error again. Close the Play Store and wait a few minutes and then open again. Keep trying if it still fails. Eventually, it should work as normal. If the Play Store doesn’t open as normal, I found that clearing cache and data of the Google Service Framework should fix this. Then open Play Store again.
  3. Go to the Device ID app and confirm that the Google Service Framework number is back.
  4. Go to Settings> Apps> Apps> Show system processes. Uninstall Google Play Services.
  5. Go to your phone’s file manager and install APK number 9.
  6. Restart your phone.

That should do it. You can then install the other Google apps such as YouTube, Chrome, and Gmail from the Play Store.

You can also uninstall the LZPlay and Icebox apps at this point. Don’t forget to revoke/deactivate it in the Device Administrator before you do this.

Good luck.

Bryan is a tech and gadget enthusiast who spends his day blogging, writing fiction, and watching NBA clips on YouTube.

45 Comments

  1. Thanks for this, its working for my MATEPAD T8 for google play and etc , but theres this prompt by google play services, i just silence it for now, but is there anyway to remove the prompt completely? thanks

  2. I’m using Mate 30 Pro. Google Play works but I’m still getting the “Device not Play Protect Certified” error

  3. thanks a lot, worked with matepad pro AL09 with cellular, success on 2nd trial, before install, update software first and reset phone..
    and did as what written here,

    • what had u done exactly? I had matepad pro but I stuck on adding account it shows me error ! what do u mean by update software then reset?!
      Tried everything just stuck in adding account “A problem occured while communicating with Google servers”

  4. When I install using this method for huawei mate 30 pro, if I follow GMS core2 step, play protect pop up non stop went crazy. If I install up to GMS core 1 after resetting google service framework, I can use play store to install any app I want and all app work except every time I open app, play protect error pop up but it is not like non stop po up like GMS Core 2.

  5. Hi Bryan,

    There’s always an error everytime I download the file. It says that I do not have access on the file.

    • Unfortunately, I did not work when I tried it. The Play Store would install, but the notification warnings are there.

  6. Hey, I am using a P40 lite and i manage to get to step 21 only. I do not get the error in Google play nk matter how many times i clear cache and data (step19). I do not have a SIM card in the phone if that matters.
    Can you help?

    • try uninstalling and then reinstalling the google services framework. Then open Google Play.

  7. I am stuck on point 21. I cannot get the error in the image no matter how many times I do steps 19 and 20. Or 19 only. I use a P40 lite. As I see this guide is also for P40 lite can you pleas advice?
    I do not have a SIM card in my phone if that matters.

  8. Confirmed for Nova 7i users, don’t proceed with steps 25-27. The annoying errors will return.

    I have mine working smoothly.

  9. I got mine working on my Nova 7i after so many attempts. I didn’t perform steps 25-27 and its working fine with me on my last attempt.

    Is it okay if i will not install the apk (9)? Whats the effect?

  10. The error keeps on appearing since it is not play protect certified. I tried copying the Google framework id on the custom rom but it says value is already registeres.

    Btw, i did this on my new nova 7i

    Those error notif really sucks

  11. Tried it with HiSuite on Matepad Pro, there’s not even an option to choose from in the Restore backup section. Could it be due to the new EMUI 10.1?

    • It didn’t work for me on the Matepad Pro, either. LZPlay wouldn’t run. But it worked on my friend’s. If you’re keen on trying it, use the Restore option in the tablet’s Settings.

    • It did not work on mine. But it worked on a friend’s. And I don’t know why that is :-)

  12. On an p40 Lite after step 26 ( installing apk 9 ) I start receiving play store errors again and the “Device is not play protect certified” error. So I can’t link my account on the apps I use through play store. Any thoughts?

    • I am not sure if this method works on the P40 Lite. Could be that the files are not compatible with your phone.

  13. I need to root my phone also??
    and that download packages can use for p40?

  14. I followed all the tutorial on a Huawei p40 lite and google play store works fine, but I continuously receive the error on google play services due to the absence of Play Protect certification. Do you know how to solve it?

    • I have not tried it on the Huawei P40 Lite. It maybe that some of the apps are incompatible. Have you tried the whole process again? I noticed that when I missed a step, I got the same problem installing on the Mate 30 Pro. I know its a different phone, but the circumstances are the same.

  15. Dear Bryan,
    you are doing great help to all Huawei users.
    further my GFS ID is not back, i am getting same error as per your above image in step 21

    but step 24 for GFS ID is not back for me.

    kindly advise, rest is fine untill now

    Thanks in advance

    • Try clearing cache and data of Google Service Framework. Then open Play Store. If it works, proceed with step 24.

  16. Hi, i’m stuck at 19 & 20… the GSF still appear even after i cleared the cache and data. please help

    • I’ll update the post as soon as I try it. I think someone with tried it on the Nova 7i and it worked (saw in the comments of an FB post).

  17. Rye de Jesus Reply

    What’s the purpose of IceBox? I’m getting the annoying notifs so I just disabled them.

  18. when i in 10 step. i add google account ,click “existing account ” button. it skip to “WIFI setting “.i tried many times .had somebody had this problem?

  19. Y7P, 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 9th apps look like they’re broken and give me “Parse error” whenever I attempt to install. Can anyone help me here?

    • I tried it on the Y7P as well. You’ll need older versions of those apps for it to work. Plus the notification warnings will be there.

      • May you upload packages for EMUI 9? Where can I find (9)GMS Core Mod 2 for android 9?

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