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Huawei’s Mate 30 Might Not Have Google Apps, But You Can Still Install Them Yourself

No Google? No problem

Huawei’s latest flagships, the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro are probably the best Android phones available in the market today. But as great as the hardware on both phones are, both of them have a slight problem: they don’t ship with Google’s Play Services installed.

That means Google Play and all the essential Google Services that we all rely on aren’t present on the phones, casualties of the ongoing feud between the US and China.

But contrary to the rumors that’s been floating on the internet, you can still install and use Google Play apps on the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro. It takes a little bit of work, but it’s still possible.

The work-around, detailed by ProAndroid and spotted by our friends Gadget Pilipinas, require you to install a packaged tool that’s usually used to put Google Services on China-only devices from Huawei and Honor.

The app is very easy to use – you just download and run it on your phone and voila, you now have Google Apps and services running on your Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro.

There is a caveat though – since the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro aren’t meant to take Google services, there’s a small risk that it might void your warranty or mess up your phone if either flagship is officially offered in the Philippines. The risk is pretty infinitesimal, but it’s there.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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