I am having an issue with my brand new phone Huawei Mate 9 EMUI 5.0 from China. Somehow, when I want to install WhatsApp on it, I get the following message

Install core GMS packages to use Google Play Store

Here is the screenshot

What can I do to solve this? I just got the phone and I am lost.

  • Your device probably iis meant for Chinese market and they need to install an app to have Google services as mentioned in this XDA post. You can try by downloading that app of emui version matches
    – beeshyams
    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:09
  • Hello @beeshyams i landed on that before but they say then update your firmware to B135 but my current version is MHA-AL00C00B186 Jun 25, 2017 at 7:18
  • Sorry, I can't help with that - recall similar issue being discussed in Huawei forums couple of years ago when i owned a Huawei device. Their updates, rollouts, lack of transparency, customer service etc stink, IMO (Sorry for the rant ) but you would need to delve into their forums or wait for regulars from China to answer this @Andy Yan
    – beeshyams
    Jun 25, 2017 at 7:24
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    This may be helpful Open Source implementation of Google Play Services Jun 25, 2017 at 7:52
  • Xavier is right (I just wanted to recommend the same). microG reportedly is sufficient to have Playstore running (though you can also use e.g. Yalp instead, which is another front-end for Playstore), and AFAIR also for other GApps. I'm using microG here as I wanted to get rid of those sniffing GApps – but for that very same reason I obviously don't have those GApps running. And especially no WA or the like ;)
    – Izzy
    Jun 25, 2017 at 12:05

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I can well remember that Huawei devices can be added with GMS by flashing a flashable GMS package.

You'll need to first find a compatible 3rd party recovery for your phone. IIRC TWRP is (unofficially) available for Mate 9, so you can take a look at XDA Developers Forum.

After flashing recovery, go to OpenGApps and download a package that's suitable for your device (arm64-7.1-pico) and flash it via recovery. Voila! You now have GMS and Play Store on your device!

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