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Samsung Galaxy S4 Play Store Error: Package File is Invalid

galaxy s4 package file invalid

The “Package File is Invalid” error is common to Android system. There are a lot of factors that may cause the error but recently many Galaxy S3 and Galaxy S4 owners turn to forums to inquire about it. It is more likely that downloading apps from the Google Play Store triggers it.

There were a few who reported that after getting the error message another alert pops up saying that the com.google.process.gapps stopped working. It is clear at this point that something is just not right within Google’s (Android’s) core services.

If you’re currently experiencing this problem, here are the things you can do.

Clear Play Store Cache & Data

While the procedure below is safe, you may lose the settings in the Play Store app and you may be prompted to associate a Google account the next time you launch the app.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings, then More.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Swipe left until you’re in All tab.
  5. Scroll to and tap Play Store.
  6. Tap both the Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons.
  7. Launch the Play Store from the app drawer.
  8. Setup your account.
  9. Search for the app you want to download.
  10. Try downloading and installing the app to see if the error still persists.

If it does, there’s no other option than to roll back Play Store to earlier version. Following the same procedure, go back to the Play Store manager once again and tap Uninstall Updates button and reboot your device.

At this point, the problem has already been solved but as for the users who were getting the com.google.process.com error, continue with the procedure below:

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings, then More.
  3. Tap Application Manager.
  4. Swipe left until you’re in All tab.
  5. Scroll to and tap Google Services Framework.
  6. Tap both the Clear Cache and Clear Data buttons.
  7. Reboot device.

In case the problem persists after doing all of the above procedures, search and download Google Play Store’s .apk–just Google it. Uninstall the Play Store app and install the .apk you just downloaded.

If all else fail, backup all your data and do a factory reset, or you can tell your provider about it. They may have some solutions for you.

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