Got a Huawei or Honor phone running on EMUI 9 without Play Store? It’s time to install it. Here is the guide with comprehensive steps to install Play Store on EMUI 9 powered Huawei and Honor Chinese phones.
A couple of months back, I posted a tutorial to install Google Play Store on Huawei Honor 8X and 8X Max. The tutorial did not only work for the Honor 8X and 8X Max, but it also worked for a number of other phones too. Basically, that tutorial installed Play Store on all Huawei and Honor phones running EMUI 8. Later on, Huawei released the Android 9 update which brought the EMUI 9 update to the devices. That’s when that guide stopped working. A huge number of Huawei and Honor phones reached to me telling me that the Play Store stopped working. They were unable to install the Play Store again on the latest version of EMUI 9. Since then, I have been trying hard to get the Play Store working on the EMUI 9. I did a lot of research on the internet to see if someone has already posted a method or not, but there was no word about it.
Why no Play Store?
The Play Store problem is basically with the Chinese variants of Huawei and Honor phones. For example, if you purchased your phone under warranty from any country other than China, it probably has the Play Store. You do not need to worry about such a device. The real problem is for the Chinese Huawei and Honor owners. The Chinese variants are usually a bit cheaper, but the downside is that you compromise on a number of Apps. Chinese phones do not even have Facebook, WhatsApp. You cannot even install the apps of your choice as you do not have Play Store. The entire Google Core GMS is missing on the Huawei and Honor Chinese devices.
Workarounds So Far
There are workarounds to get the Google Apps working on those phones, but the workarounds die when the companies update their phones to the new version of Android. The same happened when Huawei updated its devices from EMUI 8 to EMUI 9.
It’s already there!
Now there is a huge catch. On the EMUI 8, the GMS package was missing. This is why users had to install the whole package using GMS Installer and then install the Play Services, Play Store, Calendar, etc using Google Installer. With the EMUI 9 things have changed, and they have changed for good.
The EMUI 9 has the Core GMS installed by default. The only thing you have to do is to install the Play Store manually using its APK file. I figured this out when I was using a Xiaomi Mi 9. While trying to install GMS, the Mi 9 gave me a hint that it already has GMS. All I had to do was to install Google Play Store on the Xiaomi Mi 9. After this, I did some research for EMUI 9 and found the same.
The Solution to install Play Store on EMUI 9
So, in this guide, in the upcoming few steps, I will show you how you can install the Google Play Store on EMUI 9. Remember this guide will work for all the Huawei and Honor phones out there.
Install Play Store on EMUI 9
Update 9/25/2019: A new Google Core Framework is now available which works flawlessly on EMUI 10 and below. It will also work for EMUI 9. I have added the link below and you can install it.
- Download Google Play Core Installer – Download Link
- Copy the APK to your phone.
- Using a File Manager, open the APK file on the phone.
- If the APK asks for permissions for installation, allow the Unknown Sources immediately.
- Now finish the Play Store and other Google Framework Services installation on the phone.
- Once done, you will have the Play Store on the home screen of the phone.
- Launch the Play Store and enjoy. That’s all.
Note: Play Services are already there on the phone. You don’t need to install them.
That’s how simple it was. By now, you have the Play Store up and running on your EMUI 9 running on any Huawei or Honor phone. If you are living inside China, you may get a VPN for Chinese Android phone to run the Play Store. If you have any questions or queries, feel free to reach out to me through the comments section below. I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Stay connected. Thank you all.
Last Updated: 26th October 2019
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