Parse Error: What it is & How to Fix it

What Is Parse Error?

The Parse Error is an error message you may receive on your Android phone when an application fails to install. This error message is not a complex message and it can be caused by many reasons.

This error always follows a message: There was a problem parsing the package. When you see this Android Parse Error, you can know that your Android phone can’t install the current app due to some reason.

The Parse error Android issue always happens when you try to install an application that is downloaded from a third-party source rather than the official Google Play Store. In a few cases, you can also receive this error message when you try to install the app that is downloaded from Google Play Store.

Perhaps, you still need to install this application and use it. In this post, we will try to explain the main causes of this issue and then show you some possible solutions that can get rid of this issue effectively.

The Reasons for Android Parse Error

The main reasons for Parse error on Android are as follows:

  • The application that you want to install is not compatible with your Android device.
  • Your device doesn’t have permission to install this app.
  • The app file you want to install is corrupt, incomplete, or damaged.
  • The installation process is blocked by antivirus or security software.
  • There is something wrong with your Android device.
  • The app you want to install has been changed.

We also search for this issue on the internet and collect some solutions that can be used to fix it completely. You can read the following part to obtain a suitable one to get rid of your actual issue.

How to Fix Parse Error on Android?

If you don’t know the exact reason for your Android Parse error issue, you can try these methods one by one until finding the suitable one.

Solution 1: Update Android

Perhaps, the app is not compatible with your old Android OS. Then, you can update your Android to the latest version to see whether the Android parse error is disappeared.

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Solution 2: Modify Permission on Your Android

If the permission to install apps from unknown sources is disabled, Android Parse Error can also occur.

Usually, to guarantee the safety of your Android, you’d better disable such permission so as to prevent your Android from downloading malware from third-party sources as well as other issues. But, if you still want to download and use the app that comes from a third-party source, you can enable this permission temporarily and then download & install it on your computer.

Solution 3: Download and Install the App Again

If the app file is corrupted or incomplete, you can download and install the app again to get rid of the Android Parse Error.

You can use the original download source or you can also try a new trusted source. Besides, you can also try a new browser to get the APK file.

Solution 4: Temporarily Disable Android Antivirus Software

At times, the Android antivirus software regards the app installation file as a virus and then stops you from installing it. Thus, if you are sure the file you download is safe, you can temporarily disable your Android antivirus software to see whether the Parse Error disappears.

Solution 5: Enable USB Debugging

Some users reflect that the Parse Error disappears after enabling the USB debugging on the Android device. So, you can also try this method on your device.

Solution 6: Restore Your Android to Factory Settings

If all of the above solutions can’t solve your issue, restoring Android to factory settings will be the last resort. But, this method will delete all files on your Android device. You need to think about whether it is necessary to do this.

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