I can feel your pain considering you are here because you are unable to run Google Apps and services on your Android phone. China has really strict policies regarding data sharing that why Google Apps and Google services are banned in China. Along with that, major social networking apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are also blocked in China. There are people who use them anyway. Well coming back to the point. If your phone is from China or you are in China. Most probably, you will not be able to access the Google play store and services. Along with that, you won’t be able to use any of your social media apps. So you can use this guide to install Core GSM packages on Huawei Chinese phones to run Google Apps and install Google Play store.

The problem of Chinese phones is that they don’t even work even if you have left the country. If you have a smartphone that you got from China or you bought a Chinese phone or someone got you one like Huawei or Xiaomi phone. In most cases, the firmwares are designed in a way that they dont run any Google Service or Apps. Googles apps are dependent on each other, like there are many apps that wont run without Google Play Services and Google play services wont run without Google Play store.

Install Core GSM Package on Chinese Phones to Run Google Apps:

For the IT consumers, Internet sensorship has proven out to be a huge problem. I have been dealing with a lot of people that are unable to run Google apps on their phone or they dont have Google play store on their phone. Mostly, even if you install the Google Play Store and services APK from the web on your phone it wont work. The reason behind it is that the chinese firmwares are developed in a way to avoid the Google services.

There are a number of solutions around for installing the Google Apps and Play store on chinese apps. Some work for few, and after sometime when a new firmware update is released it stops working.

Even if you somehow get the Google Apps. From time to time you will come across different issues. Like if you have successfully installed Google play store on your Huawei Chinese phone. When you will try to open the app store it will give you an error “Install core GSM packages to use Google Play Store“. Other apps will require Google Play services to work. Even apps like Snapchat requires Google Play services to work on your Android phone.


Considering you are here to Install Core GSM Packages on Huawei phone. I presume you already have installed Google Play Store and Google Play Services on your phone Because these are pre-requisites.

  • If you don’t have the Google Play store on your phone. You can see this elaborate guide on how to install google play store on Chinese phones.
  • For identifying the correct Google Play Services and installing them you will need this guide.

Once you have google play store and Google play services on your phone in order for them to work you will have to install core GSM packages on Huawei Chinese phone:

The process is quite simple and I have explained it in the few steps below.

  1. Download the GSM packages file from here on your Huawei Phone.
  2. Now unzip it and install it on your phone.
  3. Once installed it might ask you to update your google play store. Or your phone will do that automatically. Let it install the updates of Google Phones. If you are living in China you will need a VPN to update your Google Apps. Even after you install core GSM packages on Huawei phone. You will come across some warnings while using some apps like YouTube and Snapchat. You have to keep your Google Play Store and Services updated from time to time. Read about how to use VPN and update Google apps from this guide.

Once done. You will be able to use most of the Google Apps on your phone. There might be some limitations but you will be able to use the Google Play Store and download any app that you want from the app store.

That is all. Once you are done with the above process. You will be able to run Google play store, play services, and apps on your Huawei phone. If you have any questions or queries regarding the guide above. Feel free to ask me in the comments. You can also contact me on Facebook.