How to get your favourite appsThe Huawei P40 doesn’t use Google Play Store. But that doesn’t mean you'll be without your favourite apps. In fact, you can still get all the apps you love, and more. Find out more below.
Huawei Phone Clone
- Install the Phone Clone app on your old phone (available on GooglePlay, AppStore and Huawei AppGallery)
- Open the Phone Clone app on your new Huawei phone (comes pre-installed)
- Follow the steps to transfer all* your apps, photos, contacts and other data to your new phone
*Note: Phone Clone will not transfer Google-made apps, such as YouTube or GoogleMaps.
- More than 1 million apps (and growing) to choose from
- Over 420 million users worldwide
- Exclusive offers and fun in-app activities
Easily search for and download selected apps through Huawei Browser. Check out the video for more information.
*Important: Only download APK files directly from trusted websites and developers. Users download files at their own risk.
Huawei Petal Search
Be it top apps, the latest news, or great images and more, the Petal Search will find it for you.
What is the AppGallery?
AppGallery is the official platform developed by Huawei for distributing apps, where you can search for and download apps. It features a four-layer detection mechanism to ensure app security.
Huawei AppGallery has over 400 million active users in 170+ countries, offering people a great way to install the apps they want. The Huawei AppGallery also has over one million apps worldwide, and has had over 180 billion cumulative downloads in the past year.
What operating system will be pre-installed on the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) device?
The new Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) device comes with pre-installed Android 10 AOSP (Android Open Source Project) with EMUI 10.1, Huawei's self-developed user interface platform.
Does the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) device support Google Mobile Services (GMS)?
The Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) device does not support GMS. Users will have access to apps in the Huawei AppGallery, which is pre-installed on Huawei smartphones, or from elsewhere on the internet.
Google apps aren’t available on the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) device. Apps that aren’t pre-installed include Google Maps, Gmail, Google Search, YouTube, Chrome, Google Drive, Google Play Store, Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Grab, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, Waze, etc.
Being without GMS means some Android apps that require GMS support might not work properly on Huawei phones. If you need to use these apps, you may be able to find web versions of them in Huawei’s new ‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ widget. If you’re still unable to access a specific app, you can try accessing it through your phone browser and create shortcuts on your home screen to the relevant websites.
Huawei is working with global app developers to continuously improve the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) platform and offer a premium user experience.
If the phone doesn’t have GMS, how do I use Google apps?
Currently, it’s not possible to download Google apps on new Huawei devices. However, all Huawei smartphones come with pre-installed, easy-to-use apps such as Huawei Browser to easily browse the web, and Huawei Cloud for safe and secure cloud storage.
You can transfer most of your existing apps (such as WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Spotify) via the Phone Clone app from your current handset to your new Huawei device. The pre-installed Huawei AppGallery has lots of top apps, including Depop, TikTok, Microsoft Office and many more. It also includes download links for apps like Facebook and WhatsApp.
There are also some great alternative apps that you can explore such as Maps.me.
If you can’t find the app you’re looking for in the Huawei AppGallery, you may be able to find and download them using the new Huawei Petal Search – Find Apps widget. For apps like Gmail or YouTube, you can use the browser version.
It’s important to remember that not all apps will have been optimised by developers for non-GMS devices, so individual app experiences may vary depending on the level of GMS integration into the app.
What if I can't find the app I want in Huawei AppGallery?
The Huawei AppGallery is a work in progress. If you can’t find an app that you want in AppGallery, you may be able to download it using the new Huawei Petal Search – Find Apps widget, which is rolling out on the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) device (there’s more info about Petal Search – Find Apps below). You can also add your app request to Huawei’s wishlist in the AppGallery, and you’ll be notified when it’s available.
Finally, the Huawei Community has help & support from Huawei fans across the UK, which will help you to unlock the full potential of your device.
Will I be able to download Google apps in the future?
Huawei is in close communication with Google, but we can't comment on what other companies are doing right now.
What alternatives will Huawei provide to replace Google apps and services, like GPS navigation?
There’s plenty of choice in AppGallery, including a variety of apps for navigation (including TomTom), email and video content. You can also download apps from other app stores and websites.
Is it safe to download/install GMS on Huawei phones?
Huawei strongly recommends that you use AppGallery to download apps. It’s designed to deliver a safe and secure user experience and features a professional four-layer security system designed to detect malicious behaviour, facilitate privacy checks and ensure app security.
You can choose to install Google apps and services if you like, but your experience using these apps may vary, and Huawei won’t offer support or accept any responsibility if you decide to download and install them.
Does the P40 Series have security updates?
Yes – Huawei will provide security updates to keep all their devices secure. AppGallery features a four-layer detection mechanism to ensure that apps featured on the platform are safe to download and use, and apps downloaded from other sources will be checked by Huawei’s built-in virus scanner.
Can I use Google Search on HUAWEI Browser?
Yes – you can access all Google-operated websites on the phone’s built-in Huawei Browser.
What is Phone Clone, and is it safe?
Phone Clone can be used to migrate most of your data, such as contacts, photos, calendar entries and apps, from your current phone to your new Huawei device. Any personal information in your apps, like usernames and passwords, won’t be stored or transferred.
Does my device support In-App Purchases (IAP)?
Google Pay isn’t available, but Huawei devices support in-app purchases via payment card and Charge to Mobile.
What is Petal Search?
‘Petal Search – Find Apps’ is a search engine that is pre-installed on to Huawei’s new flagship smartphone series, including the P40 Lite, P40 and P40 Pro. It allows Huawei smartphone owners to search for and find the things they need – including apps, news, images and more – directly from their home screen. Huawei AppGallery is completely integrated to Petal Search – Find Apps, and apps already in the Huawei AppGallery appear at the top of any search.