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Android Parsing Package Error- What is this and How to Fix it

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Android devices are very popular for various reasons. They come packed with user-friendly features and also they come to suit everyone’s pocket size. Unlike Apple, they do not need its ecosystem to work and for this reason, Android enjoys a huge fan base. 

Even though they are quite easy to operate and use, there are a lot of different errors that the device may present in front of you. Today, we will discuss one specific error which is called parsing the package error. We will discuss the steps to how to fix the Android problem parsing the package error. 

There is a lot of information for you here, so stay tuned!! 

Let’s begin!

Before we move any further, let us first understand what is a Parse error.

A parse error comes on an Android device when an app fails to install. This error message is nothing more than an indication of an underlying problem. There are a lot of problems due to which an app can fail to install. The main thing to note in the parsing of the package error is that the app failed to install. 

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If you want to install the app, you will have to fix the Android problem parsing the package error. 

A parse error could be caused by a third-party app. So, when you install an app and it fails to install, you will see a message like ‘parse error’ or ‘there was a problem parsing the package’. Not only third-party apps, but this error could also come when you download an app from the Google Play Store. However, it is a less common occurrence.

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What are some of the reasons why this error can occur?

The most common reasons could be –

  • The app that you are trying to download could be incompatible with your device.
  • The app file that you are trying to download is incomplete or corrupt.
  • The device that you are trying to download it on does not have the required permission to download it. 
  • The Android device itself has a problem.
  • There could be some changes in the app that you are trying to install.
  • The antivirus software of your phone is preventing the installation of the app. 

How to fix the Android problem parsing the package error?

There are several different possible things that you can do to fix the Android parse error. You can try any of these, and then see if the error is fixed. If in case one method doesn’t yield any result, you can move on to the next.

1. The simplest and the most obvious thing to do is to update your Android. Maybe the app you are trying to install is compatible with the latest version of Android. If the current version of Android is not compatible with the app it will continuously show the parse error. 

The worst-case scenario is that you may have to buy a new phone cause your old phone may not support the new version of Android at all. 

2. The next possible reason could be that you have disabled the permission to install apps from third-party sources. If you trust the source of the app, enable permission to install apps from third-party sources. This option is turned off by default. 

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3. Try turning on the USB debugging option – You can try to install the app by enabling the developer mode in your Android and then turning on the USB debugging option. 

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4. Try to disable albeit temporarily, the security options on your phone – If you trust the source of the app that you are trying to install, then you can try to install it once after you have disabled all the security features. The security features of your phone may be incorrectly be considering the app as a threat due to which the app may be facing problems in installation. 

5. Try to download and reinstall the .apk file again – As mentioned above the app file could be incomplete or corrupt. To fix this, you could go back to the website and try to download the original .apk file again. 

6. For more advanced users, one of the possible solutions could be to restore the modified manifest file. A parse error could occur due to the changes made to the Androidmanifest.xml file which is contained in the .apk file. You can try to restore the file to its original form. And then retry to install the .apk file. 

7. If nothing else works you can try to rest your Android phone to factory settings. This method is a bit tricky cause it will erase all your data. This is the hail mary option which means it should be used only when you have unsuccessfully tried every other option. Once you rest it, update the Android device to the latest version and then try to reinstall the app. 

Conclusion –

Android parsing error is quite common and in most cases, it is very easy to fix. There are some things you can do as a user who only knows the basics. But if you are a user with more advanced knowledge, a few fixes can help you fix the error. We hope you liked what you read and that we were able to help you!

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Shikha Jain
Shikha Jain is 34 years old. Mother to a daughter. Engineer by qualification but have been a writer for the last seven years.
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