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How to get your apps on the Mate 30 Pro without Google Play Store

By Marcus Wong - on 6 Oct 2019, 10:56am

Get your apps on the Mate 30 Pro without sideloading Google Play Store

Note: This article was first published on 30 September 2019.

A lot has been said about how Huawei’s been forced to release the Mate 30 Pro without the inclusion of Google Mobile Services (GMS), with the most common solution being to sideload GMS using the Google Service Assistant.

Contrary to what the name might suggest, that’s not an app that’s officially endorsed by the company, so you may feel rightfully apprehensive about trying it. But that’s not the only option if you’re already an Android user. We’ve discovered that you can easily get your existing apps onto the Mate 30 Pro if you choose to restore the Mate 30 Pro from your existing phone using Huawei’s Phone Clone app.

Phone Clone takes just minutes, and is an easy way to bring over apps to your new phone.

Downloading and running this app on your existing android phone will get all your existing apps, pictures, contacts and notes over to your Mate 30 Pro. From there, it’s just a question of which apps rely on GMS services (e.g. Google Maps) to run.

From our early testing, FaceBook, Whatsapp,  Instagram, Telegram, Opera, Waze, and DBS PayLah work fine out of the box. And there are a number of apps already on the Huawei app store like WeChat, LinkedIn, Chope, HonestBee, Perx, Fave, My Starhub and even Carousell!

Some of the apps that work without GMS.

Of course, all the Google services like Google Maps and GoogleTranslate can be used via the browser, just as if you were using a desktop. We even managed to install the Chrome app using the browser, so things might not be so bad after all.

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