How to Fix There is a Problem Parsing the Package Error?

Fix the issue of there is a problem in parsing the package error in your Android device.Resolve the parse issue with installation error.

Are you frustrated with the annoying error message “There is a problem parsing the package”? Relax! We are here with few potential fix for the issue. Android is the most popular OS for mobile devices. But popularity comes with issues of technical glitches. One such popular issue with this popular OS is the error in parsing the package.

What is Parse package? It is the package data file consisting of strings of information executable by the software. The Android OS uses these data strings to run and install the apk file. Sometimes due to some issues with the build or due to manipulation of the file error occurs in-app installation.

Why there is Error in Parsing the Package?

There could be many reasons for the error in parsing package. Few of the main causes are listed below.

  • The app is not made compatible with your version of Android.
  • The app is Moded or Manifested thus not executable.
  • The app is not downloaded properly or completely.
  • The app is obstructed due to some device settings.
  • The apk files may be corrupted.

How to Fix Problem of Parse Error on Android?

Solution 1. Modify the APK file

Step 1: Download the desired apk version of the App on your device.

Step 2: Download APK Editor app from Google Play Store.

Step 3: Now look for the App version which is compatible with your device. (Generally, Older versions of apps are compatible, have a Google search)

Step 4: Now open APK Editor App and click on ”Select an Apk file”.

APK Editor App

Step 5: Look for the Apk file and click on “common edit”.

Step 6: Here you can perform two functions;

  • Either change the Version name with the one which is compatible with your device.
  • Or Change the storage location of the APK file.

Step 7: Apply the changes in APK Editor App.

Step 8:  Install the modified App from APK Editor.

How to Use Older Versions of Android Apps Without Updating?

Solution 2. Use Older Version of the App

You can use the older version of the app as they may be compatible with the device. Many times newer versions of the apps are not made compatible with the older version of Android OS. Therefore it is preferable to download an older version of the app. You can get the older version from the developer just Google search for apk.

Solution 3. Enable Unknown Sources

Google is very strict when it comes to the security & safety of the smartphone. One such measure taken by Google is restricting Apps installation from 3rd party source. So this can cause issues with the app installation parse error. You need to enable unknown sources on your Android device for fixing the package parse error.

  1. Go to Settings of your device.
  2. Look for option Security.
  3. Under Security Enable Unknown Sources.

    Unknown Sources under Security

    Unknown Sources under Security

Solution 4. Enable USB debugging

Many people found that enabling USB debugging working.

  • Go to the settings.
  • Look for the option About device select it.
  • Here tap on Build number for 7 times.
  • You will see a message “you are now a developer.”
  • Once done go back to settings.
  • Choose Developer options.
  • Here enable USB debugging.

Now try to install the app.

Solution 5. Check for Moded Apk File

Most of the apk files from ‘unknown sources’ are basically Mod apps. Mod apps or manifested apps are those which are modified for some benefits like no Ads, free coins, extra life etc. You can hard code .xml to default looking into the app code. You can even check for the source using APK editor app, the app is available on Google Store.

Solution 6. Avoid Storing APK in SD Card

Many times device can’t read apk files stored in SD card so is better to move the apk files to the internal storage of the device and then install the app.

Solution 7. Download from Google Play Store

The app available on play store is perfectly compatible with the device. So if the app you are willing to download is available on Play Store surely go for it.

Note & Conclusion: I hope the post was helpful. Do comment below for any of the assistance required.

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4 Responses

  1. Tahir says:

    I have tried to downloads facebook apps on Google Play Store but wouldn’t install it always

  2. Pravin says:


  3. Ifra anjum says:

    I can’t find the apk editor app

  4. Carlos says:

    Apk editor pro no me funciona en android 10.

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