How to install Google Play Services on the Huawei P40


The Huawei P40 range is the latest flagship release from Chinese Smartphone giant, Huawei. It ticks all the boxes in terms of style, power and speed. The impressive spec combined with the sleek stunning profile make this one of the most desirable phones on the market.

Unfortunately, the release of the P40 series was marred by Donald Trump placing Huawei on the US Entity list which ultimately prevents Google from licensing their software to Huawei.

This means P40 users will have to forego many of their favorite apps such as YouTube, Google Maps, banking apps and much more.

Huawei has it’s own competing App store, the App Gallery but at this point in time, it feels terribly inadequate by comparison.

Before you get started

Disclaimer: this method is not recommended by either Google or Huawei. We highly recommend you backup your phone just in case something goes wrong. You’ll also need a USB-C flash drive and an adapter to connect to the P40. You can pick one of these up on eBay or Amazon very cheaply.

Installing Google Play Services on the Huawei P40.

  • Download the Huawei GMS Install file from mediafire.
  • Load it onto your new USB drive and connect it to your Huawei P40.
  • Navigate to Settings > System & updates > Backup & restore > Data backup > External storage > USB storage.
  • Select the Huawei GMS file you downloaded onto the USB drive and tap Restore.
  • You will be prompted to enter your password. Do this and tap OK.
  • Close all background applications.
  • Look for the app on your phone; its a purple G icon. Tap this to launch the app.

After installing GMS app

  • Launch the app and tap activate.
  • Tap allow.
  • Close all background applications once again.
  • Relaunch the app; tap the blue button at the bottom of the screen and let it run in the background.
  • Navigate to your USB drive and open the file explorer.
  • Find the Google installation folder and tap on it
  • Install the first six files.

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