Trump's veto of Huawei continues to force the company to launch mobiles without Google services. That is, without tools as basic as Google Play Store, Google Maps, Google Drive, the Google Assistant, etc. And what means not having access to other applications that are installed from them, as is the case with WhatsApp . Which is usually installed directly from the Google Play Store. But these mobiles, such as the Huawei Mate 30 or the Huawei P40 Lite, are still terminals with an Android operating system where these applications can be installed. Even if it is manually. In other words, this veto is relatively intense.
Here we are going to tell you step by step how to install WhatsApp on the Huawei P40 Lite. A mobile that reaches the market for 300 euros and accompanied by the Freebuds 3 headphones for free. A mobile that was called to be the best-selling terminal in Spain for another year, but which is affected by Trump's veto. However, getting one of the most basic applications of the day to day in it is that simple and safe.
Download WhatsApp outside of Google Play Store
Downloading the WhatsApp application is not an exclusive process of the Google Play Store, or the Android mobile application store. This messaging service is still an application that can also be found on other web pages , repositories and services. And this is precisely what you have to do to bring it to the Huawei P40 Lite. In our tests we have chosen the APKMirror repository, a well-known application pantry and all its versions that can boast of hosting these files without viruses or modifications. That is why it is a reference on the Internet outside the Google Play Store. This is what you should do.
The first thing is to open the Internet browser that is installed by default in the Huawei P40 Lite. In it you can take advantage of the search bar to enter the following keywords: APKMirror WhatsApp .
This will take you to an internet link results page. Enter the one that refers to APKMirror. Here will be all the available versions of WhatsApp, which are not few. And it is necessary to differentiate between WhatsApp Messenger (the usual one), WhatsApp Business (for business) and their respective beta or trial versions. Look in the list for anyone that just says " WhatsApp Messenger " and click on the arrow on the right.
This will bring you to a new page within APKMirror focused on showing the different versions of the application you have selected. Then click on the green See Available Apks button . Something that will display all versions. In this case you can click on the first option on the list.
Finally, you will reach the download page for the version of WhatsApp Messenger that you have selected. Here click on the Download APK button and wait for the Internet browser to fully manage the download to continue with the installation.
Here we leave you a link to a version of WhatsApp Messenger extracted directly from APK Mirror. We recommend that you follow the steps above to ensure that you install the latest version of the application, instead of the one from this link, which may be obsolete But if you need a direct download link you can use it.
Installing WhatsApp from the browser
The process we have experienced is completely automatic . And, once the APK file is downloaded from APKMirror, the Internet browser does all the remaining work without us having to do anything.
If this is not the case, and once the download finishes nothing happens, check the notification tray. Swipe from top to bottom to see any prompts. There should be one here that informs you that the file download is complete. Click on this notice to continue .
This begins the installation of the application. It is automatic so you only have to accept the permissions that WhatsApp usually requires (microphone, camera, data, phone ...) and, very importantly, accept the process . This acceptance step is given because it is an installation from the Internet browser and not from the Google Play Store, something that can lead to security problems for the user. However, coming from a source that we have tested is safe, there is no problem. So when we press the accept button we only have to see how the progress bar fills up until the installation is complete.
Once the application is installed, a screen is displayed to launch it directly. We can click on the Open button or exit the installer and click on the WhatsApp icon, which will already be on the Huawei P40 Lite desktop . Ready to be used.
Here we find the usual configuration process. The first of all is to enter the phone number linked to our WhatsApp account. When doing so, we will receive a confirmation SMS message with a numeric password .
After this step we should find the option to recover our backup copy. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that we do not have access to Google Drive as standard in this terminal. So we will not be able to return all the messages and photos as in our old mobile. For this, it is necessary that we first install Google services in the terminal.
And finally, after all these steps, and after establishing a username, we will have WhatsApp working on our Huawei P40 Lite. Just as if it were any Android mobile . The difference will come from the backups, which will be carried out locally, being saved only in the mobile storage, and not in the Google cloud. Unless, yes, we have already installed Google services and can register our email account to save a copy of all our messages in Google Drive. Apart from this, the stickers, calls, groups and other qualities remain intact in the same way as in any mobile.