You can download Huawei P20 drivers and install it on your Windows or Mac computer. The new Huawei P20 series smartphones will soon be shipping to customers and as soon as you get yours, the first thing you should do is install proper USB drivers for it on your computer. By installing correct USB drivers, you will ensure reliable data transfers and proper recognition of your smartphone once connected to PC. Personally, I like to keep an offline copy of all the pictures I take with my phones. This guide will help you download drivers for all the Huawei P20 phones – Huawei P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite. If you try connecting your new smartphone to your computer without proper USB drivers, chances are you will be seeing a “Device Not Recognized” error or file transfer errors.
Before we proceed, it is also important to note that if you had a recent Huawei smartphone before buying the P20 and you configured it with your computer, chances are you don’t need to reinstall USB drivers. However, if you think the drivers you installed are now dated, you can read the guide ahead to update them. To make it easy for new users, we have split the whole Huawei P20 drivers install process into smaller and understandable chunks.
NOTE: This post is part of our series of Huawei P20 Pro tips and tricks. For more such tips, check out our P20 Pro Features section.
Download Huawei P20 Drivers and Transfer Files
Huawei P20 is a flagship phone by the company that features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a triple camera setup at the back and a number of other top-notch features. To make use of the large screen, you can transfer media content to the phone and watch your favourite movies, music or TV shows on it. When you buy a new phone and try to connect it with your Windows, Mac or Linux computer, it does not work. We receive countless queries regarding connecting a new phone with the computer. This is where we are going to help you download and set up your computer to work correctly with your Huawei P20.
Download Huawei P20 USB Drivers for Windows
The official Huawei P20 USB drivers are always bundled with Huawei HiSuite that you can download for Windows PC. You can also directly connect your Huawei P20 to the computer and wait till it is recognized by the PC and MTP drivers are automatically installed by Windows. It is still highly recommended to use native USB drivers which are included with Huawei HiSuite as it ensures high-speed data transfers.
If your phone is not easily recognized by the computer and nothing happens after connecting your phone, that is when you need to download Huawei HiSuite or install Huawei P20 drivers manually. For transferring media content, photos and other files from your phone, you need to have a USB-C cable (preferably the one you got in the box) for the phone.
Follow these simple steps to connect your phone with Windows PC:
- Step 1 – Download Huawei USB drivers for the Huawei P20 and install them on your computer.
- Step 2 –Download Huawei HiSuite and install it on your computer too. This app also includes the latest modem and MTP drivers needed for your P20 to connect with the PC.
- Step 3 – Connect your Huawei P20 with the computer using a USB-C cable.
- Step 4 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device and install / setup necessary files and drivers.
- Step 5 – You will notice several files being installed. Once completed, open My Computer or This PC to find your phone.
- Step 6 – Double-click on your phone and now you are ready to browse through your Huawei P20 on the Windows PC.
You can now transfer photos, music, videos or any other files from and to your Huawei P20 internal storage.
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Download Huawei P20 Drivers for Mac
Connecting Huawei P20’s internal storage is relatively easier on macOS / Mac OS X. The entire process on Mac is as easy as plug and play for almost all Android devices. Same goes for Android users trying to connect their devices to a Linux system. If you have been a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy or Nexus user on a Mac previously, then setting up the Huawei P20 should be no different for you.
Android File Transfer is a free utility by Google to connect your Android phones (and tablets) to transfer data between the phone and the computer. Android File Transfer misses out on a number of important features and feels very outdated, but it gets the job done and is compatible with almost every Android device out there.
There are known problems with Android File Transfer and the newly launched Android phones i.e. devices running on Android Oreo. Google has yet to announce a major new update to Android File Transfer, but hasn’t done anything to improve this app in the last 5-6 years. To get around this, we discovered a fantastic new free alternative called as HandShaker. It works with macOS and Windows PC. We will talk about that in a bit below.
Make sure you have a Huawei P20 / P20 Pro / P20 Lite and a USB-C cable (preferably, the one that came with the phone). Then follow these quick steps:
- Step 1 – Download Android File Transfer and install it on your Mac computer.
- Step 2 – Connect your Huawei P20 with the computer using a USB-C cable.
- Step 3 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device. It may take a few seconds more if this is your first time connecting a new Android device.
- Step 4 – Tap ‘Allow‘ on your phone screen to allow the phone to communicate with the computer.
- Step 5 – Android File Transfer window will automatically open up with your internal phone memory directories.
This is it! You will have a working Huawei P20 connected to your MacBook so you can transfer media content or other files to and from your phone.
Alternative: Transfer Huawei P20 Files to Mac / Windows with HandShaker
HandShaker is the beautiful alternative we mentioned earlier that you can use on Mac (and even Windows) to transfer files from the Huawei P20. This app lets you work with your Huawei P20 phone files on your Mac computer just like how you would do on a Windows PC. It has a beautiful UI with large icons that makes it very easy to browse through your photos, videos, downloads and all the other files in your Android phone. HandShaker also allows you to connect your phone wirelessly and transfer files.
How to use HandShaker? Follow the quick steps below:
- Download HandShaker Mac app (or Windows) and install it.
- Download HandShaker Android app and install it on your phone.
- You can read and follow the on-screen instructions.
Transfer Huawei P20 Files Wirelessly on Windows & Mac
Even though every other gadget and chargers are moving to USB Type-C, there may be times when you do not have a cable around you. Most probably when you are out of office, home or are traveling. You should also set up your computer to work with wireless transfers. Transferring files wirelessly may be slow, but at times when you really need to connect your phone to a Mac or Windows PC for media content, it should be sufficient enough and get the job done.
We have a couple of tips and guides on how to transfer files between Huawei P20 and your computer wirelessly. For starters, you can look into the following apps and install them on your computer or phone:
- Portal by Pushbullet
That’s it! Pretty easy solutions, eh? Let us know if you run into any problems and we’ll try our best to sort it out.
Huawei P20 ADB / Fastboot Drivers for Windows & Mac
Now for those of you who plan on developing Android apps, testing, debugging or install any custom ROMs on the Huawei P20, you will need to have ADB and Fastboot drivers installed and working in your computer. We have done tutorials on how to set up ADB and Fastboot using Android SDK / Android Studio on Windows and Mac for any Android device. Read the following guides depending on your OS platform:
The above mentioned tutorials are very detailed and require you to set up Android Studio / Android SDK on your computer. If you want to skip the long tutorial and just want the SDK Platform Tools package with ADB and Fastboot in it, download that from here:
You can download ADB and Fastboot for the Huawei P20 from the above mentioned link. Separate ZIP packages are also available for Windows, Mac and Linux users. At the time of writing, the following packages were the latest available by Google:
- Windows: Download platform-tools-latest-windows.zip
- MacOS: Download platform-tools-latest-darwin.zip
- Linux: Download platform-tools-latest-linux.zip
Again, for any help you need or if you get stuck with an issue, you can always contact us below in the comments and the team of Team Android will be happy to help you out.
You may also like to check out our Huawei P20 section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.