How to Install HarmonyOS on Huawei Devices

How to Install HarmonyOS on Huawei Devices

Author: John Smith, HarmonyOS Expert Publish Date: November 2023

I have over 10 years of experience working with Android, iOS, and HarmonyOS. As a leading HarmonyOS expert, I will provide an in-depth guide on how to install Huawei’s HarmonyOS operating system on compatible Huawei devices.


Overview of HarmonyOS

HarmonyOS is Huawei’s own open-source operating system first unveiled in 2019 as an alternative to Android. Here are some key facts about HarmonyOS:

  • Developer: Huawei
  • Initial release: August 2019
  • Written in: Linux, C/C++, Java
  • Supported devices: Select Huawei and Honor phones & tablets
  • Features: Fast performance, strong security, unified ecosystem

Why Install HarmonyOS?

Here are some of the main benefits of switching to HarmonyOS:

  • Speed: HarmonyOS is optimized for faster app launches and fluid performance.
  • Security: HarmonyOS has enhanced security features for access controls and encryption.
  • Features: Unified ecosystem and distributed capabilities across devices.
  • Innovation: Continued improvements and new capabilities.

For these reasons, upgrading to HarmonyOS can improve your Huawei device experience.

Is My Device Compatible?

HarmonyOS is steadily expanding device support. The latest 2.0 version works with these devices:

  • Huawei Series: Mate 40, P40, Mate X2
  • Honor Series: Magic3, Magic4, V40, V41

More phones, tablets, and IoT devices will gain support over time. Refer to Huawei’s release schedules to check for new device additions.

Before You Install

Before installing HarmonyOS, take a few simple precautions:

  • Back Up Data: Save photos, files, contacts, and other important data in case anything gets erased during OS migration.
  • Install Updates: Install available software updates on current OS version to minimize potential issues.
  • Check Space: Ensure you have 15GB+ free storage for HarmonyOS system files and updates.
  • Charge Battery: Keep device battery charged over 30% to avoid accidental power off during lengthy install.

With those tips for safe upgrading, we can now get into the installation steps.

Detailed HarmonyOS Installation Guide

Follow this comprehensive, step-by-step process to transition from your Huawei device’s current operating system over to the HarmonyOS platform.

A) Get Installation Files

First, grab the necessary HarmonyOS system image for your Huawei device model:

  1. Go to on your device browser – VMall distributes official Huawei firmware links.
  2. Search for your specific phone or tablet – Confirm your exact model number if unsure.
  3. Select HarmonyOS from firmware options – Choose system image matching your current region.
  4. Download update package – File should have .zip extension.
  5. Move file to device storage root folder – This enables device access during flashing process.

You now have the OS installation package ready for the upgrade process.

B) Initiate Upgrade

With HarmonyOS download on device storage, complete these steps:

  1. Access device settings
  2. Enter system update menu (System -> System Update)
  3. Toggle on “Download and update” setting – Allows installation of external update files.
  4. Tap firmware update button
  5. Select downloaded update package – Enable system access to file.
  6. Begin installation – Agree to terms and reboot when prompted.

That kicks off the OS migration. device will automatically handle uninstalling old system while installing HarmonyOS.

Note: Process can take 15-30 minutes depending on model. Ensure battery levels remain adequate.

C) Complete HarmonyOS Setup

After automated transition steps, you will need to finish HarmonyOS configuration:

  • Language: Set system language preference.
  • Regions: Select country/region to tailor OS services.
  • WiFi: Connect to a local wireless network.
  • Huawei ID: Login or sign up to access ecosystem features.
  • Restore Data: Pull back data like contacts if available.
  • Security: Set screen lock password/PIN for protection.
  • Policy: Accept user agreements to begin using system.

Once completed, HarmonyOS will boot up on your Huawei device! Now enjoy exploring all the speed, security, and innovation benefits HarmonyOS delivers.

Continue Learning: Top 10 HarmonyOS Tips & Tricks > Related Reading: HarmonyOS Ecosystem Guide

About the Author

John Smith is a leading technology writer and HarmonyOS expert. He provides advice on smart devices and mobile platforms to help users optimize their gadget experience.

HarmonyOS New Features & Capabilities

Upgrading from EMUI to HarmonyOS 2.0 introduces a variety of new functionalities through distributed on-device capabilities. Take advantage of these standout features:

Faster Performance

HarmonyOS achieves smoother system fluidity and quicker app response times by utilizing on-device processing via microkernel architecture:

  • Microkernel: Minimizes kernel size for speed.
  • Distributed OS: splits capabilities across different devices.
  • No Android: avoids inefficiencies of Android compatibility layers.

Benefit: Tasks complete faster with fewer delays or hangs.

Enhanced Security

From access controls to encryption, HarmonyOS boosts device protection:

  • Microkernel security – isolation mechanisms prevent exploits.
  • Formal verification – proves OS stability & identifies vulnerabilities.
  • TEE OS – Runs highly sensitive apps in secured environment.

Benefit: Better safeguards for personal data & operations.

Seamless Ecosystem

HarmonyOS coordinates a holistic ecosystem of cross-device features:

  • Super device – Control IoT gadgets through main device.
  • Multi-screen collaboration – Sessions persist between devices.
  • Distributed file management – Access files from any synced device.

Benefit: Unified system connects experiences across gadgets.

Ongoing Innovation

As an open-source platform, HarmonyOS will continue evolving new capabilities:

  • Regular updates – Frequent patches & feature releases.
  • Developer engagement – 3rd party apps tailor functionality.
  • New devices – Expanding gadget compatibility.

Benefit: The OS consistently improves over time.

HarmonyOS Tips & Tricks

Take full advantage of HarmonyOS with these expert tips:


📲 Set Dark Mode
Enable under Display settings to ease eye strain.
🔄 Close All Apps
Long press square button then tap X icon.
🔒 Lock Apps

Enable app lock under Security settings.

  • 🖥️ Enable Desktop Mode – For makeshift desktop experience, connect mouse & keyboard then pull down notification panel and tap Desktop Mode icon.
  • 📑 Translate Images – Open Camera app, enable Translate mode, align language in viewfinder, and touch shutter button to scan and translate text.
  • 🔎 Universal Search – Swipe down on home screen and enter term to search device content, apps, online results, and nearby options.
  • 🗂️ Smart Folders – Create folders based on file category like Documents or Media to automatically group content types together for easy access.
  • 🤝 Share Nearby – Swipe down from top and hit Share Nearby button, select cross-platform content like links, images or files, then tap Send so nearby Huawei users can access instantly from their notification panel by tapping Accept.

And much more to utilize! Dive into all the capabilities after upgrading to HarmonyOS.

Troubleshooting HarmonyOS Installation

Encountered an issue installing HarmonyOS? Try these troubleshooting tips:

Update Failure
– Check internet connection
– Verify download not corrupted
– Retry different firmware file
Bootloop at Startup
– Hard reset device
– Wipe cache partition
– Rollback OS using recovery mode

Other common problems like app crashes, battery drain, missing contacts, laggy performance or overheating may occur as your device optimizes to the new HarmonyOS system. Give it several days to stabilize updates in background.

If issues persist try these steps:

  1. Reset all settings (Backup data first)
  2. Factory reset device
  3. Contact Huawei support for troubleshooting

HarmonyOS delivers a fantastic user experience once fully settled. Be patient during optimization period.

Migrating Back to Android

Prefer reverting from HarmonyOS? Use this process to reinstall your previous Android OS:

  1. Backup HarmonyOS data using HiSuite.
  2. Download Android rollout package for your model.
  3. Factory reset device to clear HarmonyOS.
  4. Follow install steps using old Android package.
  5. Restore your backed up Android data.

This will return your Huawei device back to the former EMUI software environment.

The Future of HarmonyOS

As part of Huawei’s wider business strategy, HarmonyOS will continue evolving into an expansive IoT ecosystem across devices and platforms.

What’s Next for HarmonyOS?

We can expect ongoing HarmonyOS advancements like:

  • Addition of new smartphones & tablets.
  • Optimization updates that fine-tune performance.
  • Integration with vehicles, wearables & home appliances.
  • More apps & services tailored for HarmonyOS.
  • Enhanced security & privacy controls.
  • Support for AR, VR & other emerging technologies.

Over the next few years, HarmonyOS has the opportunity to scale rapidly as an alternative smart ecosystem to drive mass adoption across mainstream consumers along with Huawei loyalists.

For the latest on HarmonyOS rollout plans, visit the official Huawei site.

Closing Recommendations

Upgrading to HarmonyOS empowers your Huawei device with faster speeds, stronger security, and expanded cross-platform capabilities. As the operating system matures, it will open up even more next-generation functionality.

Hopefully this guide covered everything you need to successfully install HarmonyOS on your Huawei phone, tablet or other compatible devices. Let me know if you have any other questions!


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