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How to fix Error of Parsing the Package of .apk file in Android

It is obvious that Android is one of the most popular operating system world-wide today as it provides a huge collection of apps and also because it is user-friendly, easy to use with lots of new features that are being added time and again that makes the user spend there most of the time with their Android device but sometimes we can’t install app on our phone because of different errors. Parse Error is one of the common error of android. This error occurs while installing an app and a message is displayed saying “There was a Problem Parsing the PackageNow you don’t  have to worry anymore. Here I will show you some of the method to Fix Parse Error and even the reason behind the error.


Reasons for the Parse Error.

  1. The Downloaded .apk file might be Corrupted or not fully downloaded.
  2. Installation of apps from Unknown Source may be disabled in your phone.
  3. The app is not compatible with your Smartphone or version of OS that you are using.
  4. There might be an internal error on your smartphone or Tab.
  5. There is a Problem Parsing the Package may appear after upgrading your android version.

How To Fix Parse Error:

Now, as we know the reason behind the error. Let’s find out How To Fix Parse Error by following the given methods.

Method 1: Allow Installation from Unknown Sources

Mostly we download the app from Google Play Store but sometimes we even download it from unknown sources as a result android doesn’t allow us to install the app and we face this error.One of the most common fix to this problem is to Enable “Allow installation of apps from unknown Sources”. Follow the step to Enable the option.
  1. Navigate to the Settings menu on your device.
  2. Select Applications.
  3. Check the box next to ‘Unknown sources’. Be aware that this raises your exposure to malware if you’re not careful with what you install.
  4. Retry installing the app that gave you the error.
In the majority of cases, enabling Unknown sources is enough to address the issue. It might be a good idea to disable this setting once you have successfully installed the app. It is one of the ways malware can find its way onto your device. If it didn’t, try one of these steps. Try each one and then try to install the app. If it installs correctly there is obviously no need to continue onto the next.

Method 2: Check your .apk file:

Sometimes the problem might be with the .apk file which was downloaded, it can be due to multiple reasons like incompletely downloaded file or corrupted apk file. You need to download the application once again and make sure that the file is completely downloaded. Another reason can be that the App you are trying to install is Incompatible with your Android device, this can occur when you are using an older version of the OS which is not supported by the application.

Method 3: Disable Security and Cleaner Apps to Fix Parse Error:

Sometimes, Disabling antivirus or cleaner apps may fix parse error surprisingly. Like me, There are many users who are using Avast, AVG, Avira, Norton, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, CM Security or 360 Security apps. Again, Clean Master, ccleaner or other cleaner apps have very good popularity. If you are one of them using any of these, Try to disable these temporarily in case of fixing there is a problem parsing the package. Then, Try to install your app. I hope, You will no longer face parse error.

  1. Disable the antivirus on your phone and retry the installation. Again, being careful what you’re installing while you’re unprotected. Then re-enable it once installed.
  2. Download the file again in case of file corruption and retry.
  3. Check compatibility between the app and your version of Android. It should be mentioned somewhere on the app page.

Method 4: Use Older .APK to Get Rid of Parse Error:

If 1st 3 steps doesn’t work, it can be said that the app is not compatible with your device. Try to install it on another android device which have newer version of android and have powerful device. If it works In that case, Try to install an older version of the app. I hope it will fix there is a problem parsing the package error. You should download older .apk file from trusted source.

Method 5: Enable USB debugging

USB debugging is mainly for app developers but for some reason, a number of Android users said just enabling debugging fixed the error. It is worth a try if none of the preceding steps worked for you.
  1. Navigate to the Settings menu on your device.
  2. Select Developer options and enable USB debugging.
  3. Retry the installation of the app.
If USB debugging doesn’t work for you, aside from checking the .APK manifest file, there is little left to do. Unfortunately, it means you cannot install that version of the app onto your current version of Android. Hopefully it won’t come to that though.

If above mentioned methods don't work for you then here are some alternate steps which you can follow to fix the parse error 

Alternative Methods to Fix Parse Error:

If these methods don’t work for you, You can install android app via ADB. But it may cause damage to your device. If you are not expert, You can follow other alternative fixes.

1. Upgrade Android OS:

Incompatible apps may show you parse error. So if you are using an older version of android, upgrade it to the latest/newer version.

2. Clear Cache, Cookies:

Clearing cache and cookies may help you. At fist clear cache and cookies of google play. Then try to install the app. If you still face parse error, optimize your android device. Learn how to optimize android.

3. Reset Android:

You should not follow this method all time. Because resetting your phone or tab will erase all apps (Except pre-installed apps) and data from your phone memory. But resetting android can solve parse error.


 

 

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