Proven Ways to Fix There Was A Problem Parsing the Package

Unable to install your favorite Apps from Google Play Store because there was a problem parsing the package? 

The Parse Error or there was a problem parsing the package error is very common with Android devices. Android is a versatile platform and therefore a very popular OS. It is an open software and allows users to download and use various different types of Apps from the Play store. Android is also a cheaper alternative as compared to other Operating Software.

Since many of us are well versed with most of the Android devices, parse error or there is a problem parsing the package is an error is not something new and uncommon.

The error message usually pops up on the device screen when we try to download and install an App, for example, “There is a problem parsing the package Pokémon Go”.

The error message which appears reads as follows:

“Parse error: There is a problem parsing the package”.

Android users who have experienced this would know that the parse error leaves us with only one option, i.e., “OK” as shown in the image below.

There was a problem parsing the package may occur due to a number of reasons, most of which are listed and explained below. Furthermore, there is a list of solutions to choose from to eliminate the “there is a problem parsing the package” error.

Read on to find out more.

Part 1: Reasons for the parsing error.

Parse Error, better known as “there was a problem parsing the package” error is very common and normally surfaces when we try to download and install new Apps onto our Android devices from Google Play Store.

Parse Error

The reason for the error message to pop-up are many but none of them can be blamed singularly for the “there is a problem parsing the package” error. Given below is a list of the most probable reasons for Parse Error to stop an App from installing. Examine them carefully before moving on to the solutions to fix the “there was a problem parsing the package” error.

• Updating the OS may cause some disturbances in the manifest files of different Apps leading to Parse Error.

• Sometimes, the APK File, i.e., Android Application Package, gets infected due to improper or incomplete App installation causing “there is a problem parking the package” error.

• When Apps are downloaded and installed from unknown sources, due permission is needed. In the absence of such permission, the chances of the Parse Error to occur increase.

• Certain Apps are not compatible or supported by the latest and updated Android versions.

• Anti-virus and other cleaning Apps are also a major reason for the “there was a problem parsing the package” error.

The causes listed above are not App specific. The Parse Error may occur due to any one or more of the these reasons, but what is more important is to try to get rid of the problem.

Let us move on to learn ways to fix the there was a problem parsing the package error.

Part 2: 7 Solutions to fix the parsing error.

“There is problem parking the package” error can be dealt with easily if only we do not panic and deliberately follows the steps explained in this segment. Here are 7 of the most reliable and trustworthy methods to fix the Parse Error.

They are easy, user-friendly and do not take much of your time. So don not waste any more of your time and try them now.

2.1 Allow installation from unknown sources

When we install Apps from other sources and not Google Play Store, there might be a glitch in using such Apps. To overcome this problem, turn on “Allow App installation from other sources”. Follow the steps given below for better understanding:

• Visit “Settings” and select “Applications”.

• Now tick mark on the option saying allow App installation from unknown sources.

 allow App installation

2.2 Enable USB debugging

USB debugging is not considered necessary by many users but these methods give you an edge over others while using an Android device as it lets you access things on your phone, etc which you could not earlier.

To enable USB Debugging to fix “There is a problem parsing the package” error, follow these steps:

• Visit “Settings” and select “About Device”.

• Now click on “Build Number” not once but continuously for seven times.

click on “Build Number”

• Once you see a pop-up saying “You are now a developer”, go back to “Settings”.

go back to “Settings”

• In this step, select “Developer Options” and turn on “USB Debugging”.

turn on “USB Debugging”

This should solve the problem. If not, move on to the other techniques.

2.3 Check APK File

Incomplete and irregular App installation may cause the .apk file to get corrupted. Make sure you download the file completely. If need be, delete the existing App or its .apk file and reinstall it from Google Play Store for it to be compatible with your device’s software and to use the App smoothly.

2.4 Check App Manifest File

Manifested App files are nothing but .apk files which are improvised by you. Such changes may cause the Parse Error to occur more frequently. Modifications in the App file can be made by changing its name, App settings or more advanced customizations. Make sure you roll back all changes and restore the App file to its original state to prevent it from getting corrupted.

2.5 Disable Antivirus and other cleaner Apps

Antivirus software and other cleaning Apps are very helpful in blocking unwanted and harmful Apps from damaging your device. However, sometimes such Apps also prevent you from using other safe Apps.

We do not suggest that you delete the Antivirus App permanently. Temporary uninstallation will be useful here. To do so:

• Visit “Settings” and then select “Apps”.

• Select the antivirus App to click on “Uninstall” and then tap “Ok”.

click on “Uninstall”

Now download and install the desired App again. Once this is done, do not forget to install the Antivirus App again.

2.6 Clear Cache cookies of Play Store

Clearing Play Store Cache cleans the Android Market platform by deleting all clogged up unwanted data. Follow the steps given below to delete Play Store cache:

• Tap on Google Play Store App.

• Now visit Play Store’s “Settings”.

 visit Play Store’s “Settings”

• Select “General Settings” to “Clear local search history”.

“Clear local search history”

2.7 Factory Reset Android

Factory Resetting your device to fix the Parse Error should be the last thing you try. Make sure you take a back-up of all your data on your Google Account or a Pen Drive because this technique erases all media, contents, data and other files, including your device settings.

Follow the steps given below to factory reset your device:

• Visit “Settings”.

• Now select “Backup and Reset”.

select “Backup and Reset”

• In this step, select “Factory data reset” and then “Reset Device” to confirm Factory Reset.

The whole process of factory resetting your Android device might sound tedious, risky and cumbersome but it helps to fix the Android SystemUI has stopped error 9 out of 10 times. So, think carefully before using this remedy.

Parse Error: There was a problem parsing the package is an error message that has troubled many Android users. The good part is that the above-stated fixes not only solve the problem but also prevent it from occurring in the future. So, keep them in mind the next time you or anyone you know faces such an issue.

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