The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, while a powerful and pretty looking smartphone, is still an unfortunate victim of the on-going trade war that has left both it and the Mate 30 in the lurch without Google services pre-installed. A workaround did come about in the form of Google Services Assistant, but was taken offline shortly after.
Now, a new workaround has surfaced, but unlike the previous workaround, this method involves Huawei’s HiSuite app and isn’t as simple to pull off. The sideloading method was developed by an XDA Senior Member who goes by the name zhangyang_haha. As explained by XDA, it involves restoring a backup image from a device that managed to install Google apps using Google Services Assistant, back from when it first worked.
Mercifully, the mobile software development site provided a list of instruction for Mate 30 Pro users who wish to reenact the process:
- Users need to back up their files to HiSuite on a PC and factory reset their phones.
- Install the Google apps provided in the downloadable zip in the thread.
- Unzip the provided backup image zip to your HiSuite backup folder on the PC.
- Restore the backup to your device, ensuring that you also restore the “system settings” from the backup image to your phone.
- Once the provided backup has been “restored” (aka installed) on your phone, you need to restart your device.
- Next, ensure that you get into App Settings and clear all data for the Google apps that you installed, and grant all the permissions that those apps request.
- Reboot for good measure.
- Launch the Google Play Store while having an active internet connection on your phone.
Before you jump straight into trying to get Google’s apps on to your Mate 30 Pro, there are a few things we think you should take note. First, while XDA ensures the validity of this method, the SafetyNet will continue to fail, especially since that is a server-side change from Google.
Second, XDA had initially provided a link to necessary resources need to pull of this workaround. However, at the time of writing, those resources have been deleted due to a copyright issue. To be clear, this workaround is still operative and valid, the only problem now is getting your hands on the resources needed to pull it off.
The Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30 was officially launched in Munich, Germany last month to a mixed crowd. Because of the US trade ban, both devices are devoid of Google Mobile Services (GMS). Because of this , the Chinese brand has resorted to using and developing its own Huawei Mobile Services (HMS).
As it stands, the company has been seeking out developers who are willing to integrate their new or currently existing apps into the HMS ecosystem. To that end, Huawei has incentivised the process, setting aside US$1 billion (~RM4.19 billion) to the initiative, which is then allocated towards a development fund, a user growth fund, and a marketing fund.