As a very involved member of the Generation C community, I literally live on my smartphone. That means hundreds of apps, features, storage space, speed, and comfortable design. I don’t want to use multiple devices if my phone can provide it.
My quest for such a smartphone led me to the Huawei P30 Pro, which ultimately gathered all my requirements in one device. And I was addicted. The absolute pleasure was the speed and the functional design. So, it was just a natural progression to take it up a notch in the Huawei Mate P40 Pro, which is literally a desk in your palm.
But there was a catch: the new Huawei smartphone was not a GMS device but an HMS device. What does that mean?
Simply put, Google Mobile Services (GMS) is a collection of Google apps that help support functionality on all devices, through its Play Store.
HMS or Huawei Mobile Services is a set of applications, services and functions created by Huawei for its ecosystem, as it was no longer supported by GMS.
There was a hesitation in my mind when I discovered this.
Did that mean that I would end up losing apps that I have been using for years? The device was fantastic, almost a siren call from technological development, but there were dark clouds of doubt as to whether the switch from GMS to HMS would be a problem.
Finally, I contacted the technical team of Huawei at their headquarters in Dubai. Desperate times need desperate measures. And the result was an incredible introduction to the Huawei smartphone ecosystem, meaning the transition from GMS to HMS was seamless – it would also apply to a transfer from any other Android or iOS device.
So here is a quick guide to setting up your Huawei HMS based smartphone.
Setting up a brand new Huawei Mate 40 Pro and transferring data from a Huawei P30 Pro to it:
Switch on the phone. If needed, charge it – a super fast charger is included in the box.
So once you’ve got that sorted out, it’s time to choose – Language (based on preference)
The country – This is an important step. Remember to choose the right country because Huawei locates content in the Huawei AppGallery based on region and location.
You must now connect to a Wifi, which would be necessary to download your applications later.
Next is the Huawei ID. Setup is the key – it acts as a key that you can use to unlock any Huawei devices you might use now or own in the future. But, you can skip it at the start if you lack patience. I detailed it later.
But, as a member of Huawei’s tech team pointed out: “Don’t forget to set up the Huawei ID, as it unlocks the full potential of your smartphone, including the cloud service, the AppGallery, discounts, offers, etc. “
Next, protecting your device – you can choose a password, fingerprint, or face ID.
Accept enhanced services, location and analytics, which all help your device run better and Huawei serve you more efficiently.
The next bit is vital – Petal Search.
This is essential to make sure you get all the apps and content you have used in a GMS environment. So accept the conditions with pleasure.
After that comes the question of importing your data – transferring your old device to a new one. So in Importing data, select “Move data from another device”, and it will take you directly to the Phone cloning from Huawei – it is integrated. If your old device is from the Huawei stable, it would have an existing phone clone in its environment.
In the case of other Android or iOS devices, go to the Play Store or the App Store and download the phone clone to get started.
Please allow call logs and memory to ensure data transfer accurately. And, of course, choose “new phone”.
Then scan the QR code displayed on the new phone using the Huawei phone clone on the old device – It will initiate a connection between the two devices, like a hotspot connection. Keep them close and don’t let the screens go dark.
Once the connection is established, which usually takes 30 seconds or less, it will walk you step by step through transferring your data.
You have the option to select / deselect what you want to transfer including system settings according to your needs.
You might then come across a message stating that some apps and data are not compatible with the new device. This could be because it needs an update or needs to be replaced.
You have the option to sync your data with Huawei Cloud, which is a good option for transferring from one device to another, so you don’t even need to bother with Phone Clone. Anyway, more on that later.
When coming back, press transfer – start compressing the data for fast transfer, then start exporting it. You can see the progress at any time.
101MB per second is the transfer speed, so it’s pretty fast. Do not leave the page, so as not to interrupt the transfer process. And, you don’t need an internet connection for this transfer, they just need to be close to each other because it uses Near Field Communication (NFC) which is a contactless communication technology based on a field of view. radio frequency (RF).
Once sent, wait for the new device to completely import all data. This happens with ‘Transfer completed’.
Return to the Phone Clone app and click Finish.
Huawei ID – time to set it up too.
Sign up, enter your personal information, choose the country, phone / email number (required for verification), then create a password.
Setting up a Huawei Cloud account is also helpful.
A certain amount of storage is free with the device. You can also buy more storage space, for prices as low as Dh 1.85 per month.
You can choose what you want to store in the cloud like backing up essential data depending on how often you want it. There is also the “Find my device” service. It is especially useful if you tend to forget your phone in places. Use a laptop to find out where you left it last, you can lock the device, wipe data, ring it, etc.
Part of the cloud is Huawei player, where you can select the files you want to protect – synced directly to the cloud. It works great if you are an avid photographer.
Finally there is Member Center, in which you discover various lifestyle coupons, activities, discounts, sales and offers from Huawei. This segment also helps you update your apps. Go to “Me” for more details on your account.
Next are the apps you need and want, especially without the Play Store.
You have two options: you can either go to the AppGallery, or manually search its landing page using the search bar, or scroll through categories and other suggestions. Or you can enter Petal search and enter the name of the app you are looking for. It will appear in search results, select, download and install. Petal Search also offers a content search.
Click the “Me” button to check for updates to the download progress.
This covers the basics of setting up the device, but not before we talk about the next part.
Tips, tricks and customization
Application of advice – it literally gives you all the tips and tricks for using your smartphone, like navigating with gestures, editing photos, activating options on cameras, etc.
The Huawei ecosystem gives you a pretty high level of customization, which you can find under Settings – System and Updates, especially for things like your keyboard style, Keyboard languages and language switching which can be done by dragging the space bar. So switch your keyboard from English to Arabic to any other language you choose, with a simple gesture.
And finally Themes – you can choose between free and paid options, download and customize your screens, including the way your apps appear. A little personal style never fails!