10 Ways for “There Was a Problem Parsing the Package” Issue

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You go to Play Store to download a new app on your device, but a pop-window occurs displaying "There was a problem parsing the package". This can be really annoying when you want to use that app urgently.


But this is the issue that users encounter on regular occasions. The parsing package error is not new and uncommon. Many users have already encountered this issue, but they could only tap on "Ok". But from now on, you can easily fix this issue with our simple techniques given in this article.

Causes of "There Was a Problem Parsing the Package" Issue

Parsing error occurs when you try to install an app on your device. There are various reasons for this error to occur. Let's see some of them. 

  • The APK file of an app, also known as Android Application Package, might be infected because of improper installation of an app. This problem will give parsing package error.

  • Your device will be running on the latest Android version, but the app that you are trying to install may not be incompatible with it, causing the problem parsing the package.

  • The problem parsing the package may also occur due to some security setting on your device.

  • There cannot be any single reason for this error, so in this part, we have given multiple ways using which you can easily solve the "there was a problem parsing the package" error.

Way 1. Turn on USB Debugging

Some users are able to solve this error by enabling the USB Debugging option. Try to enable USB debugging on your device using the steps given below and then check whether or not the issue gets solved. 

Step 1: Open Settings -> About.

Step 2: Locate Build Number and tap on it 7 times.

Step 3: A message will be displayed- "You are now a developer".

Step 4: Now go back to Settings and select Developer Options. Tap on USB Debugging and enable it.


Way 2. Allow Installation from Unknown Sources

Generally your Android phone does not allow you to download apps from an external source. But if you think the website is secure, you can change this setting and download the app. Note that this might be dangerous to some degree.

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Security (For Samsung Phones). Or go to Settings -> Application (For other Android Phones).

Step 2: Now turn on "Allow installation of apps from unknown sources".


Way 3. Check the APK File

Even the incomplete installation of an app can cause this error. You need to check the APK file and download it completely.

Step 1: Delete the previous incomplete APK file from your device.

Step 2: Reinstall the app from Play Store so that it is compatible with your device.


Way 4. Use Professional System Repair Software for Android

If you are tired of this parsing package error, try a professional repair tool for fixing it quickly. iMyFone Fixppo for Android is one such tool that securely fixes various issues on Android phones. It is used by many users across the world and most of them have emailed us back about their issues getting solved easily.

  • iMyFone Fixppo for Android is designed using the latest technology, so it is capable to fix almost any Android issues.

  • According to professional websites, it has the highest success rate among its competitors in this field.

  • Thousands of Android phones and tablets are supported well.

  • This advanced tool is popular for its user-friendly features.

Step 1: The first step is to install Fixppo for Android on your computer and click on the Start button.

Step 2: Type in your correct device details and choose other options carefully. Then click on Download Firmware. The firmware will be downloaded and extracted automatically for your phone. The device information will be displayed. Check if it is correct and then proceed. If the displayed information is correct, click on Start.


Step 3: Now use the USB cable to connect your Android device to the computer. Before you begin to fix the problem, you have to put your device in "Download Mode". Once the phone is in Download mode, the fixing process will begin automatically. The device will restart after the completion of the fixing process.


Fixppo for Android is trusted by millions of users and professional websites worldwide. In addition, all the software-related issues will be fixed quickly as it has the fastest repairing rate. Now just try the free trial version without hesitation.


Way 5. Check App Manifest File 

When an app is customized according to your requirements, it is called manifest app file. The modification is done by extracting the APK file of an app, maybe for removing the ads and then to make it back an APK file. The manifest APK file on your device can give problem parsing the package. So, revert back all the changes you have done to avoid getting this error.

Way 6. Update Your Android OS to Latest

The older version of the Android OS is the reason for multiple issues on Android. Make sure you update the OS to the latest version.

Step 1: Launch Settings -> About -> Software Update.

Step 2: Now tap on Update to download and install the latest OS version.


Way 7. Disable Antivirus Apps

The antivirus apps or cleaner apps can prevent you from downloading some apps on your device. This is done to keep the device safe from unwanted app installations from third-party sites. Consider disabling antivirus apps on your phone.

Way 8. Clear Cache Cookies of Play Store

Another way to fix this error is to clear the cache cookies of the Google Play Store.

Step 1: Go to Apps -> Settings -> Apps.

Step 2:Tap the Google Play Store and then Storage.

Step 3: Choose Clear Cache then tap Clear Data. Tap OK.


Way 9: Download Older Versions of That App

The chances are that the latest version of the app is not compatible with your Android phone. Hence, try to download the older version of that app and then run it on your device.

You can go to the developer's website and find the compatible version of the app and download it. You can also Google it and find the APK file of it.

Way 10. Factory Reset Your Android

If none of the above methods was helpful in solving the error, the last parsing the package error solution is to factory reset your Android phone or tablet. The steps vary on different Android devices.

Step 1: Open Settings -> Backup & reset.

Step 2: Tap on Factory data reset. This will reset your device to the original factory settings and delete all the contents.



Many users see this message "there was a problem parsing the package" on Android devices while downloading an app from the Play Store. If you also encounter this issue on your device, view the methods given above carefully and try each method until the problem is solved. To quickly fix all the issues at once, try iMyFone Fixppo for Android. Let us know in the comment section below if you have any new method for solving this issue.


By  Robert Moore , to Android Issues

Posted on Jul 09, 2019  ( Updated: Oct 15, 2019 )

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