Which apps can I use on a Huawei phone?
In terms of social media, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitter and Pinterest are all working. Communications apps like Outlook, OneDrive, Skype and Dropbox were all fine too.
Other lifestyle apps like Monzo, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video (and all Amazon apps, including Shopping and Kindle), Duolingo, Deliveroo, Ecosia, Fitbit, the PlayStation app, Strava, Letterboxd, Uber Eats and the Wetherspoon app were all functional as well.
If you’re a big gamer you’ll be pleased to know that all the key titles seem to work, including Call of Duty: Mobile, PUBG Mobile, XCOM: Enemy Within, SpyFall, Tropico, Google Stadia, Roblox, Plague Inc, Pokemon GO, Candy Crush Saga, Lego Legacy and many more.
Just because you can install these, though, doesn’t mean you can necessarily update them, and it’s possible you can only update apps that are available on the App Gallery. Since Huawei is constantly adding new apps to the line-up, though, this may not be a problem for the biggest apps.
Which apps can’t I use on a Huawei phone?
You can’t use most Google apps on a Huawei phone including the Play Store, Chrome, Gmail and YouTube. Intriguingly, some can be installed, including Rewards, Lens, Translate, Podcasts and Android Auto.
However, as far as we can tell, you’re unable to actually use any of the Google apps that can be installed, as they don’t let you log in (and some just crash).
Some apps also use Google account-based backups, including WhatsApp, so while you can install this app, you’re not going to be able to import all your chats and media to the new phone. This might make it a bit redundant for some people.
You won’t be able to install system or UI-specific apps either – so if you’re coming from a Samsung phone or a Xiaomi phone, for example, you won’t be able to use pre-installed apps which are exclusive to them. This isn’t a symptom of the Huawei ban though, it’s just the nature of phone user interfaces.