Here are steps to install WhatsApp on Huawei phones and devices without Google Play Services. Over the past couple of months, new Huawei phones have been arriving without Google Play Services and Play Store. If you own such a phone, like Huawei’s Nova 7i, this article will explain how to install WhatsApp on it. Unavailable on the AppGallery — Huawei’s alternative to Play Store — this is the only way to have WhatsApp running.
Despite the lack of Google Play Services, Huawei runs Android which means the core functionality is just as the same as any other Android device. Similar to other Android phones, Huawei Android devices can also install an Android APK manually. Given this ability, we will use it to get the latest and also official WhatsApp running on your phone. How? Read ahead.
How to Install WhatsApp on Huawei Phones without Google Play Store / Services
Fortunately, Facebook (parent brand of WhatsApp) provides two routes of installing the app. One, where you get it from Play Store and the other is to get the APK manually from the official site. Since, the first one isn’t possible in this scenario, we will explain how to install WhatsApp via the official website.
To make it easier for our readers, we have not only broken down the complete procedure into simple steps but have also added direct links.
Step 1 – Go to official WhatsApp download page: (preferably on the device you want to install WhatsApp on)
Step 2 – Now, click on the Download Now Button.
Step 3 – Wait for the APK to finish downloading, after which, tap on the APK.
Step 4 – If this is your first time installing, your phone would ask permissions to install, allow them all.
Step 5 – Click on Install button at the bottom.
Step 6 – The phone will now proceed to install. After it is done, there will be an option displayed at the bottom of opening the app, tap it to launch WhatsApp.
Done! That’s all to it! Your Huawei phone should now be running latest WhatsApp. Set it up just as you would after installing it from the Play Store.
How to Update WhatsApp on Huawei Phones
Where Google Play Store provides app listings on Android devices, it also doubles up as an update service tool that lets developers push latest app builds to users. Since we have manually installed the WhatsApp APK, the app would not be able to auto-update.
To get the latest version running on your phone, you would have to follow the above process again. This time, once you install WhatsApp over your existing installation, it would not delete existing data and would act just as an update install.
Hopefully, after following this guide you have WhatsApp running on your Huawei phone. If you ran into problems or issues, do let us know in the comments, we will be glad to help!