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No GMS No Problem – Apps & Hacks HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro

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You may be wondering what it is like to be using the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro without any Google Mobile Services (GMS) installed? Will it hinder your usage as a day-to-day primary smartphone? How are you going to get by without Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps installed on the phone?

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Known as one of the best smartphones to date, HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro’s superior camera system, top tier performance and long-lasting battery life, it is worth the effort to go that extra mile. We have tried and figured out the best way to do so, based on the device that runs on Open Source Android operating system without any sideloading of GMS.

We have created a list of tips and hacks that you can apply to the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro. It’s not 100% foolproof yet, but it works for 90% of the tasks we need to accomplish with our smartphone.

The Great Wall of China was not built overnight. But once the Great Wall was built, you can spot it even from outer space. Let’s hope the same goes to Huawei Mobile Services (HMS). With that billion-dollar budget to fund developers to make apps for HMS, our hopes are high.


Data cloning is easy as 1, 2, 3

For existing Android smartphone users, your initial data and app migration will be swift and easy. All you need is to download the “Phone Clone” app by Huawei in the Google Play Store to your old smartphone. Follow the instructions and scan the QR Code with your new device. All your apps and data will be transferred to the new device without any Wi-Fi or mobile data stream. It’s just direct transfer from your old to the new smartphone. So keep the two phones near at all times during the transfer.

After the clone, most apps like Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram cloned over will work like it used to.

Social media still works on Huawei Mate 30 Pro without GMS

With a transfer speed of up to 1GB/min, your phone will be cloned in no time. You will not need to spend precious time to backup to cloud or struggling to find apps in the AppGallery. All will be duplicated from the old to the new.

For iOS users, you can also do the same with “Phone Clone” app by Huawei in the App Store. Apps will not be migrated over. Only Contacts, Photos, Videos and Calendar data will be ported over.


Huawei AppGallery

For all apps that you need to download or replace, we would recommend you to check what is available on the Huawei AppGallery first. The AppGallery is the equivalent of Google Play Store for HMS. So apps in this store are certified safe.

For this, Huawei has allocated one billion dollars to fund developers worldwide to develop and port their apps to App Gallery. In a short span of five months, Huawei had managed to get 60% of essential local apps like FairPrice, CNA News, AXS, Chope, EZ-Link and more for Singaporeans into their store. And more apps will be added in the next six months.


You can still order your favourite coffee from Starbucks using your prepaid credits and order online without GMS

For what you cannot find in the AppGallery, we recommend sourcing them from trusted APK sites for the time being. is one of such APK site, which they made sure that the app APKs are safe, original and unmodified before publishing it on the site. They will check the cryptographic signatures to validate the legitimacy of the APKs. If it is unable to do so, will not publish it. 


Are your favourite Apps working?

Because some apps require GMS APIs to work with it, even after obtaining the apps from either AppGallery or APKs from for our non-GMS Mate 30 Pro, they might not work or with partial features disabled. So here is the list of apps we tried and their results.

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That’s quite a lot of apps that work for Huawei Mate 30 Pro. Considering that it’s only less than six months since Huawei launched their first smart device without GMS. With Huawei’s efficiency at developing HMS and AppGallery, some apps that we had mentioned that’s “not working”, may work now.


Here are some life hacks that we have come up with to work around on some of the apps that are currently not working on the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. These hacks are safe and legal.

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All we can say is… Life always gives you lemons. It’s just how you see things differently and make those sour lemons into tasty lemonade. That’s the key to happiness. That’s how we learn and grow in life.

So hopefully, with the blazing-fast development of HMS, we might finally have a third operating system what can shake up the stability of the number one and two. Consumers have been longing for a third choice when it comes to buying a smartphone.

This piece was produced in partnership with Huawei.

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