1 – Requirements
To install Google App on Huawei P40, or any other Huawei without GMS (Google Mobile Services) you need 3 basic things, in addition to the smartphone in question:
A USB-C stick or an OTG Type-C cable;
A Windows PC (a Mac is also fine, but Windows is recommended);
This downloadable archive. Download it: HUAWEI_GMS_NEW.
Once the HUAWEI_GMS_NEW archive has been downloaded, unzip it (if you don’t have a program to unzip the .ZIP files, you can download it from here), and copy the “Huawei” and “APKS” folders on the USB stick. The other folders can remain on the PC.
Now open the “ADB” folder in the HUAWEI_GMS_NEW archive on your PC and install the tool drivers by starting the “ADB 1.4.3.exe” file.
2 – Restore the Backup
At this point, you need to restore the backup on the smartphone that is present in the “Huawei” folder, which you moved earlier to the USB stick.
Connect the key to your smartphone and make sure it is recognized through the “File Manager” application. Once the smartphone has recognized the USB stick, you can proceed in this order:
Go to “Settings” from the Smartphone;
Enter “System and Updates”;
Enter in “Backup and Restore”;
Select “Data Backup”;
Select “External memory”;
Conclude by selecting “USB memory.”
At this point, the Backup file to be restored is “Backup 28 March 2020, 11:41”, in the next screen, select “Restore.” The procedure should ask you for a password, in which case use this:
By restoring the backup, you will also install two basic applications (LzPlay and Ice Box) to continue with the operation.
3 – Install the Google Apps
From your smartphone, open LzPlay and click on “Activate” to grant the application access to administrator permissions. Give access to all services; it is important.
Then you have to carry out these steps in sequence:
Exit LzPlay WITHOUT CLOSING IT and open the File Management application ;
Go to the USB memory, then to the APK folder ;
Install the 4 apps in the folder, in the order dictated by the numbers in brackets that you find in the name of the application.
ATTENTION: At this point, you may receive notifications from Google Play Protect in the status bar, To continue, simply deactivate them.
4 – Developer options
Before you can start using your PC, you need to activate Developer Options and USB Debugging. The Developer Options menu is a “hidden” menu. To access it, you will need to tap 7 times on the smartphone’s Build Number. To find this entry, you can follow these steps:
Open the settings and open the “Phone Info” item;
Touch the Build Number 7 times;
You will be notified by a popup that you are now a developer;
Go back to Settings and open the “System and Updates” item;
Here you will find the item “Options for Developers.” Open it;
In this list, you will find the item “USB Debugging” and activate the option. Don’t focus on anything else.
When you have activated the item “USB Debugging,” you can finally remove the USB stick from your smartphone.
5 – Activate Google Services
At this point, you will have to use the other application that was downloaded with the restore of the backup, namely: Ice Box.
Let’s see how to proceed:
Open the application;
If a message appears in which he wants to show you a tutorial, press Cancel/Cancel;
Connect the smartphone to the PC with the data cable and from the smartphone select “File Transfer”;
The Developer Settings popup will appear, asking you to allow connection via USB Debugging. Approve and proceed.
At this point, you must access the Command Prompt, to access it go to the folder where you installed the ADB and Fastboot drivers (SEE POINT 1) and click on “cmd-here.exe.”
A particular screen will open, the Command Prompt you see above. Just as it appears on the screen, enter the following command in the Command Prompt (it also works with copy and paste):
shell adb sh /sdcard/Android/data/com.catchingnow.icebox/files/start.sh
At this point, click “Enter” on the PC keyboard, and if everything is successful, a message will appear saying: “Success.”
ATTENTION: DO NOT DISCONNECT THE SMARTPHONE FROM THE PC!
Open the IceBox application and:
Open the “System” tab and search for “Google Services Framework”;
Tap on it;
Select the Freeze item in the menu that opened to you.
Close also IceBox and open Google Account Manager, present on the Home Screen of the Smartphone. Ignore the information on the previous version of Android by touching “OK,” enter “Memory,” and clear the cache and data.
6 – Google Account configuration
On the Home page of your smartphone, open the “Google Play Store” and set up your Google account.
ATTENTION: IF YOU HAVE PROTECTION THROUGH 2-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION. THE FIRST ATTEMPT WILL NOT BE A GOOD END. REPEAT THE PROCEDURE, AND EVERYTHING SHOULD WORK.
To finish, open the IceBbox app again, select “Google Services Framework” again, and this time, choose the Defrost option from the open menu.
You have successfully installed Google Mobile Services and the Play Store on the Huawei P40 Lite. Now you just have to install all the other apps directly from the Google Play Store.
ATTENTION: EVERY TIME YOU INSTALL A GOOGLE APPLICATION FROM THE STORE, NOTIFICATIONS WILL APPEAR ABOUT GOOGLE PLAY PROTECT, AS YOU ARE USING AN UNCERTIFIED SMARTPHONE.
To solve the problem, just:
Make a slight swipe from right to left on the notification;
Click the gear that comes out;
Click on “Other Notification Settings”;
A list will open, look for “Google Play Protect notifications”;
Uncheck the item “Allow Notifications.”
In this way, you will be free to download any application from the Google Play Store without running into annoying warnings and notifications.
Thanks to this guide, you can install applications such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Photos, and all those applications that need Google Mobile Services to run correctly on a smartphone.
The only drawback is the absence of DRMs. Put simply, you will not be able to take advantage of Google Pay or the various streaming services such as Netflix.
If for any reason, you do not want to follow this guide, but you are still interested in downloading applications not present on Huawei’s App Gallery, you can follow our guide, which explains how to use TrovApp. But be careful, because, with this guide, you will not be able to install the apps that require Google Mobile Services anyway.