How to Fix App Not Installed Error on Android Phone?

Fix the annoying problem of App not installed error on Android with this simple solutions and install the problematic app.

Android system is great when it comes to using Apps and enjoy seamless smartphone experience. Many times you may get annoying messages while you install Apps on your device, especially apps from ‘unknown sources’. One such message is ‘App Not Installed’ or ‘Application not Installed’. And it is a common issue faced by Android KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow etc. There are mainly 3 possible reasons for the error of installation.

  1. The App build may have corrupted or some of the core files have been modified knowingly or unknowingly.
  2. Android Manifest is the set of permissions has a lot of permissions where an error might have occurred.
  3. Gradle file – The problem might be in the file itself. Just check the minimum SDK version is suitable for your device.
  4. Installing an unsigned app could also result in this error.

Methods to Fix App Not Installed Error

Here are some of the best solutions to fix Application not Installed error on Android.

1. Change App Codes

You can make some changes in the version code or SDK to do so.

Step 1: Download APK Editor app from Google Play Store.

Step 2: Now open APK Editor App and click on ”Select APK from APP” or “Select an Apk File”

APK Editor

APK Editor

Step 5: Now look for the App and click on “common edit”.

Step 6: Here change the Install Location to any other option whichever applicable for your device. You can also change the Version Code of the App to any older one which is supported by your device.

Step 7: Apply the changes in APK Editor App.

Step 8: Uninstall any similar pre-installed app and install the modified App from APK Editor.

2. Sign the Unsigned App

  1. First, download and install ZipSigner from Google Play Store.
  2. Launch the app.
  3.  You will see the app dashboard. You will see the dashboard,

     4. Now, tap on Choose input/output and locate the apk file

     5. Then tap on ‘Sign the file’.

     6. Let the process be complete and then install the signed apk.

3. Reset All the App Preference

  1. Go to Settings on your Android device.
  2. Open Apps or Apps manager.
  3. check for All Apps.
  4. Tap on the menu icon.
  5. Click on ‘Reset App Preferences’.

    Reset App preferences

    Reset App Preferences

4. Avoid Installation from SD Card

If the APK is downloaded or if you are trying to install it from external mount than in many cases it would be not possible due to contamination of the file. The installer may not completely parse the package from an mounted storage.

The best solution, in this case, is to download the APK onto your internal storage and try installing the App. Your mobiles package installer will accept the files without any errors.

5. Use an older version of the App

Any latest version of the App may not support your device due to system limitations. Just download any older version of the App. If this works then your device is not capable to read the latest APK.

6. Clear Data and Cache of Package Installer

  1. Open setting on your Android device.
  2. Look for the option called Apps or Manage apps and tap on it.
  3. Check for the Package Installer App under system Apps
  4. You will find two option of Clear data and Clear cache. (For Android Marshmallow 6.0 users check for option Storage to clear data and cache)
  5. Clear the data and cache to solve the problem.

7. Allow Apps from Unknown Sources

This is the most common issue which could cause the error on mobile or tablet.

Go to Settings → Security → Unknown Sources. Enable Unknown Sources. And then try installing App.

8. For Root Devices

If you have a rooted phone than the success rate increases manifolds.

  1. Download and open any root explorer app on your rooted device.
  2. Copy the Apk then go to system >app and grant permissions to the app.
  3. You will see App installed on your device.

Using Lucky Patcher

  • Download, install and open Lucky Patcher (Google Search to Download File)
  • Tap the option Toolbox
  • Click Patch to android
  • Check “Signature Verification status always true” and “Disable apk Signature Verification” and Apply.
  • Reboot your device if not automatically rebooted.

9. Clear Storage/Set Path

Clear some storage space on the device. Make sure SD Card has properly mounted if the file in located in SD Card.

I also recommend downloading the file in internal storage as downloading some types of APK files in external storage may sometimes cause issues due to improper read by package installer of Android OS.

Download the file from any other source in case the file itself is corrupted.

10. Other Miscellaneous Fixes

  • Delete .android_secure/smdl2tmpl.asec file from your SD Card.
  • Reboot the phone and even remove the battery if possible.
  • Uninstall all previous versions of the app or apps with same resemblance currently installed on your device.
  • Remove the SD card and also do not connect your device to a PC while you install the apk.
  • Free up some space, uninstall unnecessary apps.

Note & Conclusion: If the above post couldn’t solve the problem then you need some coding in Android SDK to checkapplicatioId the build.gradlefile is unique.

I hope the post was helpful to resolve the issue of App Not Installed Error. Do comment below for any assistance if needed.

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29 Responses

  1. tarun says:

    I do all work buy unable to install asphalt 8 mod apk

  2. Ram says:

    In the conclusion you have a typo “applicatioId” it should be “applicationId”

  3. Ishwar Singh says:

    Thanks Yaar, I’ve not root mobile. I tried all above thing insted of Ist method. Unsuccessful.
    So lastly I tried Ist metod, Its work properly.
    Now I’m enjoying the app. I thanks Once again…..

  4. Akash says:

    unable to install nova legscy mod on android 6.1

  5. Laukik Thakare says:

    THANKSS…….
    The method I worked
    Thanks alot

  6. Sam says:

    i advice everyone to uninstall 1mobile market(for those people who have it) and install Apkpure, i had the same trouble and it has been solved this way.

  7. Juan Arias says:

    I need help i tried everything and it still doesn’t work.
    I have a HTC One M8 and im trying to install Remote play.

  8. BL says:

    Hi Do you know how to fix error code -504 in google playstore.I tried a lot methods to install wowbox but still fail.

    • Melissa Garland says:

      Have the same prob on android 6.0 marshmallow tablet. Have tried all the steps. Delete google and gmail settings. Rebbot. Reload.. Etc.etc. If you come across a solution ( or some solid root w/o PC apps) …hit me up…I’ll do the same…

  9. Zero says:

    Thanks it really helped me

  10. kanishk says:

    my apps are either not installing from couple of hrs or it is written package appears to be corrupt

  11. Ahmed says:

    The first method works great thanks a lot

  12. Vijay says:

    Unable to install asphalt 8mod apk (application not installed) this is the problem

  13. Knight Ven says:

    In my lava iris x8 I can not install lords mobile after updating it to 5.1 lollipop please help me I tried all but none worked..

  14. Parvin says:

    Unable to install mod apk of asphalt 8 in Panasonic p55 novo 4g.
    Please help me in this matter.

    • Nikhil says:

      It also depends on the Android version of your phone. If you are using an older version than the latest mod would not support as they are tweaked to support the latest version.

  15. Prashant says:

    Thanks… Resetting app preferences worked

  16. Hey I need Help says:

    I tried it all, but its don’t working. Please help me for my problem!!

  17. victor says:

    I try installing asphalt nitro but it’s displayed that I should uninstall previous similar app which I have searched and searched for but couldn’t find it
    This is crazy, please I need your help

  18. Dragoneer66 says:

    if you’re having any gameloft game in your phone already and trying to install another gameloft game from any unknown source then it’ll show this kinda error too…

  19. fransis topno says:

    Unknown error Cord during application install “_” 504″

  20. Hannan says:

    I’m unable to install every mod apk file. The file works fine on other phone.
    I’m using Huawei mate 10 lite
    If anyone knows the solution plz tell me.

  21. Anonymous says:

    I can’t install any apk in my Tab since I had factory reset it just after I rooted it……

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