Google officially warns Huawei device owners not to sideload its apps

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As the global fallout surrounding the US government's Huawei ban continues, Google has published an article (opens in new tab) warning users of the inherent dangers of sideloading its apps and services on the Chinese manufacturer's devices.

The search giant says it has "continued to receive a number of questions about new Huawei devices (e.g., new models launching now, or earlier models launched after May 16, 2019 but now becoming available in new regions of the world) and whether Google’s apps and services can be used on these devices," which is why it's decided to "provide clear guidance to those asking these important questions."

According to Google, any Huawei device released after the above date has not received Play Protect certification (opens in new tab), meaning that any "sideloaded Google apps will not work reliably because we do not allow these services to run on uncertified devices where security may be compromised."

Furthermore, the Android maker warns that sideloading its services "also carries a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security."

Luckily, all existing Huawei devices released before this day are in full compliance with Google's certification process, therefore they will continue to receive support and security updates for "as long as it is permitted."

You can find out whether your Android device has received Play Protection certification in the Google Play store app's settings – simply scroll to the 'About' section at the bottom of the screen.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 


He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.