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“There was a Problem Parsing the Package” Error Message

There was a Problem Parsing the Package

When you are experiencing the error message which says “There was a problem parsing the package”, you are probably encountering compatibility issues with the app that you are trying to download or the application that you are downloading may be corrupted according to XDA Developers. The error can also show up when you are trying to get an app from unknown sources.

How to Fix “There was a Problem Parsing the Package” Error Message

Here are ways to go around the “There was a problem parsing the package” notification:

1. Allow Installation From Unknown Sources

Majority of online forums dedicated to Android devices suggest that the best way to solve the issue is by allowing the installation of non-Market applications. Numerous users have also confirmed that this fix worked for them.

Follow the steps below to permit the installation of applications from non-Google sources:

  • Press the Menu button.
  • Open Settings.
  • Proceed to Applications.
  • Tap Unknown Sources.
  • Select Allow to activate the feature.

Note that the process may slightly vary depending on the version of your Android operating system or the model of the Smartphone that you are using.

2. Reinstall the App

Another way to fix the issue is by reinstalling the app that has failed to install after activating Unknown Sources.

3. Use File Manager Apps

Some devices display “There was a problem parsing the package” when installing apps to the SD card. Using file manager apps like AndExplorer or installing the appropriate APK files should also fix the issue.

4. Update Operating System

If you have identified the issue as a compatibility problem, try updating your operating system to its latest version. But if the problem still persists, then, it might already be a hardware limitation.

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