Huawei’s latest flagships, the all new Huawei P30 and P30 Pro, have truly taken mobile photography to a whole new level. And for P30 series owners, here is how to install proper P30 / P30 Pro USB drivers on their computers — be it Windows or Mac. Both new Huawei phones come installed with EMUI 9.1 skin that is itself based on Android Pie. Similar to how EMUI is a proprietary skin, P30 and P30 Pro also sport proprietary hardware and in order to communicate with the phone properly, there are bespoke drivers which first need to be installed on the computer side. These drivers ensure reliable data transfers, proper recognition and also fast transfer speeds. To install and configure them, we have listed detailed steps right ahead for Huawei P30 and Huawei P30 Pro.
Phones have evolved to become quite independent these days. No longer do they require to be plugged in for software updates rather they receive it over the cloud. However, a computer connection is still quite important when it comes to transferring old data, modifying the system software manually or even for development. Before connecting your smartphone to your PC, you should use the guide ahead to install USB drivers. Once they are installed, utilities like ADB and Fastboot would work without a hitch and you would have reliable data transfers as well. Along with the drivers install procedure, we have listed extended tips that show how to wireless transfer files as well.
Download Huawei P30 / P30 Pro Drivers and Transfer Files
Here we will take you through the whole process of installing proper USB drivers for Huawei P30 / P30 Pro on your PC. These drivers would help your computer in properly recognizing the device and would also help in setting up a stable connection between the two. For users who have just bought the P30, this is the first thing you should do before you proceed to transfer all your data. Further, it also applies when you are trying to backup your files from the P30 / P30 Pro.
How to Enable Transfer Files Mode on Huawei P30 / P30 Pro
If you are new to Android, you may find it slightly difficult to transfer files between the Huawei P30 / P30 Pro and the computer. It is not as easy as plug-and-play after you connect your phone with a cable to a PC. There is one small option in your phone that you need to change to enable transferring of files. This is done as a security feature in Android to protect files on a locked phone.
Step 1 – Connect your Huawei P30 / P30 Pro to the computer with a microUSB cable.
Step 2 – Once connected, by default you will be on “Charge only” mode.
Step 3 – To enable transfer files, scroll down the notifications panel on your phone and tap on “Charging via USB”.
Step 4 – Now select “Transfer files” from the options on your screen.
That’s it. You should now be able to access the P30 / P30 Pro’s phone storage from your computer and easily transfer files between them.
Huawei P30 / P30 Pro Drivers for Windows
To connect Huawei P30 / P30 Pro properly on a Windows PC, you should download Huawei HiSuite. This tool allows you to connect your Huawei phones to the computer, transfer files and even update the phone software. You can read all about this tool on its download page. USB drivers for Huawei P30 / P30 Pro will be bundled with this app and will be installed along with it.
You can also connect the Huawei P30 / P30 Pro directly to a Windows PC and wait till it is recognized by the PC and MTP drivers are automatically installed by Windows. However, the official drivers with HiSuite allows you to enjoy high-speed data transfer rates and the tool offers a lot more features than the native Windows method. 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 P30 / P30 Pro drivers manually. When connecting your P30 / P30 Pro phone with the computer, it is highly recommended to only use the microUSB cable that you got with the phone in the box.
We have listed down these simple steps to connect the Huawei P30 / P30 Pro with Windows PC:
- Step 1 – Download Huawei HiSuite and install it on your computer too. This app also includes the latest modem and MTP drivers needed for your P30 / P30 Pro to connect with the PC.
- Step 2 – Connect your Huawei P30 / P30 Pro with the computer using a microUSB cable.
- Step 3 – Now wait for the computer to recognize the device and install / setup necessary files and drivers.
- Step 4 – You will notice several files being installed. Once completed, open My Computer or This PC to find your phone.
- Step 5 – Double-click on your phone and now you are ready to browse through your Huawei P30 / P30 Pro on the Windows PC.
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Huawei P30 / P30 Pro USB Drivers for Mac
Connecting Huawei P30 / P30 Pro’s internal storage is relatively easier on macOS / Mac OS X. If you have been a Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy or Nexus user on a Mac previously, then setting up the Huawei P30 / P30 Pro 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 phones with 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 P30 / P30 Pro and a microUSB 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 P30 / P30 Pro with the computer using a microUSB 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 P30 / P30 Pro connected to your MacBook so you can transfer media content or other files to and from your phone.
Transfer Huawei P30 / P30 Pro 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 P30 / P30 Pro. This app lets you work with your Huawei P30 / P30 Pro 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.
Transfer Huawei P30 / P30 Pro 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 P30 / P30 Pro and your computer wirelessly. For starters, you can look into the following apps and install them on your computer or phone:
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 P30 / P30 Pro 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 P30 / P30 Pro, 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
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:
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 P30 / P30 Pro section for official firmware updates, custom ROMs, tips and other tutorials.