top of page
  • Cheryl Tan

What You Need To Know About Huawei AppGallery in 2020: The Google Play Store Alternative

Updated: Aug 19, 2021

Huawei AppGallery, an ever-growing app store

If you’ve ever used any of Huawei’s phones in the last two years, you’ll already be familiar with AppGallery, which was launched globally with the P20.

With the whole kerfuffle earlier in 2019 when Google and other US companies announced they would no longer be able to provide services and parts to Huawei, the company has had to come up with solutions.

For Huawei Mate 30 series users, the AppGallery essentially takes over as the main place to download apps, and it is now available in 170 countries with over 400 million monthly active users globally.

According to Huawei, over 1.30 million developers around the world develop apps for the AppGallery, and 55,000 global apps have been integrated into AppGallery as of December 2019. Huawei has also announced in late 2019 that they will be putting aside US$1 billion to accelerate AppGallery’s expansion.

60% more local apps have been included in AppGallery

The newest and latest from Huawei, the Mate 30 series, was launched in late October 2019 without the Google Play Store. And in response, the Huawei AppGallery has now increased their offering of local apps like Carousell, EZ-Link, FairPrice and more by almost 60%.

There are also plans to bring in more local popular apps in the latter half of 2020. But it begs the question, what if the app you’re looking for isn’t available on the AppGallery yet?

Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp Work on the Newer Huawei Devices

People have resorted to sideloading and installing app APKs, and another popular way is by using Huawei’s Phone Clone app.

By cloning all the apps and data on your old phone into your new phone, users will be able to access apps that aren’t currently available for download on the AppGallery.

Even without Google, Huawei still runs on Android

This means that some apps that aren’t on the AppGallery but are on the Google Play store will be able to be transferred over to the new phone and work. This is made possible because the Huawei Mate 30 series phones are still running on the Android Open Source Project, meaning that Android apps can work on the devices, subject to compatibility. We’re currently conducting tests to see which apps work and which don’t, but you’ll be surprised to know that there actually is a Google app that works with this method. If you have concerns about not being able to use popular apps like Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram on new Huawei devices, don’t worry! Our video on this will be coming out soon, so stay tuned for more. Back on topic, it’s definitely an easy method to get all the apps that you’re used to onto a new Huawei phone. Of course, it’ll be best if direct downloads are possible, so we’re eagerly anticipating even more apps to make their way onto the

Don’t see the app you want in the AppGallery? Make sure to let Huawei know by adding it to your wishlist. You’ll even have an option to auto-install the app once it’s available, how convenient is that?

This article is brought to you in partnership with Huawei.

As technology advances and has a greater impact on our lives than ever before, being informed is the only way to keep up.  Through our product reviews and news articles, we want to be able to aid our readers in doing so. All of our reviews are carefully written, offer unique insights and critiques, and provide trustworthy recommendations. Our news stories are sourced from trustworthy sources, fact-checked by our team, and presented with the help of AI to make them easier to comprehend for our readers. If you notice any errors in our product reviews or news stories, please email us at  Your input will be important in ensuring that our articles are accurate for all of our readers.

bottom of page