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How to Sync Google Contacts with Huawei phone

As a result of a ban on trading with the US, Huawei can't preload new release phones with Google apps like Maps and YouTube, the Google Play Store, or Google Assistant. So, syncing Google Contacts with a Huawei device has become extremely difficult - but not impossible. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to sync between Gooogle Contacts and Huawei Phone with the help of SyncGene and Outlook.com.

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Which Huawei Phones don't have Google services?

The Huawei P40/Lite/Lite E, P40 Pro/Pro+, Mate 40 series, Mate 30 series, Mate Xs, P Smart S, Y6p, Y5p, and Honor 30 series don't have any Google services. They rely on Huawei apps and the App Gallery download store, which doesn't have a huge number of apps at present.

Requirements

For this endeavor you will require:

  • Google(Gmail) account
  • Outlook.com account
  • SyncGene account
  • Huawei phone

The goal of this tutorial is to add an Outlook.com account to your Huawei device, then set up a sync between Google and Outlook.com using SyncGene. This way, your Google Contacts will be synced to your Outlook.com account, which will then show up in your Huawei phone. 

How to add Outlook app to Huawei Phone

Because the Huawei App Gallery is rather new, it does not offer that many apps at the moment. The Outlook app may not be available on it yet, so to install the app, you need to download it from Petal Search.

Step 1. In your Huawei phone, locate and open the App Gallery.

Step 2. In the App Gallery, search for "Outlook". It will offer a result from Petal Search for the Microsoft Outlook app.

Step 3. Click the GET button.

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Step 4. A warning message will inform you that you're about to leave App Gallery. Click CONTINUE.

Step 5. Click the Download APK button.

Step 6. Wait for the download to finish.

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Step 7. Once the download is complete, run the app and click the INSTALL button. 

Step 8. Wait for the installation process to finish.

Step 9. Once the installation is complete, click the OPEN button.

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Step 10. In the Welcome screen, click the ADD ACCOUNT button. 

Step 11. Input your Outlook.com address and click CONTINUE >.

Step 12. Enter the password for your Outlook.com account and click Sign in.

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Step 13. Your Outlook.com may ask you to verify your identity, so select one of the verification options. A text message is easiest if you have your phone number added to your account.

Step 14. Input the last 4 digits of your phone number and click the Send code button.

Step 15. A text message will arrive on your phone containing a code. Input this code and click the Verify button.

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Step 16. Finally, when it asks you if you want to add another account - click the MAYBE LATER button and the setup will be complete.

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Testing the sync between Outlook.com and Huawei phone

To be certain that your Outlook account is really connected with your Huawei device, you should test it. Here’s how to do it. 

Step 1. Visit the Outlook.com page in your computer's browser and log in to your account.

Step 2. At the bottom left of the Outlook page, click on the Contacts icon.

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Step 3. In the top left of the Outlook page, click the New contact button.

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Step 4. Create a new contact called TESTING OUTLOOK. Fill out the First and Last name fields, input a random email address. Once done, click the Create button at the bottom.

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Step 5. In your Huawei phone, open the Outlook app.

Step 6. In the Outlook app, click on the Contacts icon.

Step 7. Check if the TESTING OUTLOOK contact showed up in the contacts list.

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If the test event appears on the Huawei phone as well as your online Outlook Calendar, you will know that the two sources are connected successfully. You can also try this test in reverse - creating a new event in your phone first, then checking Outlook.com in your computer's browser to see if the event appears there.

Setting up sync between Google and Outlook.com in SyncGene

SyncGene will be the principal tool to help get your Google contacts to Outlook.com and to your Huawei device.

Step 1. Visit the SyncGene.com page in your computer browser and log in to your SyncGene account.

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Step 2. On the left menu, click the ADD SOURCE option.

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Step 3. Pick the first Microsoft 365 / Outlook.com (Calendars and Contacts) option or the second Microsoft 365 / Exchange / Outlook.com option.

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Step 4. If you picked the first option, sign in to your Outlook.com account. You will be redirected to a browser page to enter your Outlook.com email address and password.

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If you picked the second option, input your Outlook.com account's email address and password. If your Outlook.com account has 2-step verification security enabled, you will need to generate an app-specific password to use instead of your regular password. Follow this article about How to Generate an App-Specific Password for Outlook.com

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Step 5. Once the Outlook.com account is added, click the ADD SOURCE button. 

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Step 6. Select the option for Google as a source.

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Step 7. Login to your Gmail account.

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Step 8. Once your Gmail account is added, you will receive a message in the middle of the
screen. Click Minimize and do not start the sync yet.

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Step 9. In the Management window, click the What to Sync option. 

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Step 10. In the What to Sync window, you will see that SyncGene has paired the main Google Contacts with the main Outlook.com Contacts already. If you wish, you can pair more contact folders together. Or, change the current pairing to link different contact folders together.

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Step 11. Once you are satisfied with your setup, click the SAVE option at the bottom.

Step 12. Finally, click the SYNC ALL button and wait for SyncGene to finish running the initial sync.

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After the sync is complete, SyncGene will report the sync status.

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You can then open the Outlook app on your Huawei device and check the Contacts section. You'll be able to see if contacts from Google were synced to your Outlook.com contacts.

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Tips:

  • Make sure your Huawei device always has internet access via WiFi or Mobile Data.
  • By default, SyncGene syncs automatically every 30 minutes. If you want all synced changes immediately, push the SYNC ALL button on the SyncGene page.  
  • Connecting your Google and Outlook.com accounts to SyncGene is free of charge. However, for the full features and benefits of using SyncGene, a payable subscription is needed.  

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