What Are Android Parsing Errors?
The market share of Android OS is around 50 percentage, in which 90% of the mobiles don’t have the latest android version installed. And there are still a few versions of Android lets say from 4.0 to 6.0, still suffer from Android Parsing Errors.
Android is an open source and developed intensively by Google developers releasing a new version each year, permissions to install modified apks, in general, are getting difficult. Obviously, we see multiple errors while installing apk files and there are a few conflicts which can be resolved.
Reasons For Parsing Errors:
- Having a lower android os version than the required one for an app
- Apk file supporting higher SDK version than what your current OS supports
- Settings which might be blocking apk installations from unknown sources
- Google play protect settings getting conflicted with the apk installation
- Other system settings that entirely unknown to you
- Or sometimes the app developer develops the app to support only a specific OS version which is different than your current android version
Ways To Fix Android Parsing Errors
As there are handful reasons for encountering apk file package related parsing errors, there are ample amount of ways to resolve those conflicts. Some of those ways are mentioned in this article.
1. App Installation Settings
Let us assume you have been booted into a new or freshly installed OS. In such cases when you try to install apps especially the apk files you tend to see apk package parsing error. Such errors getting portrayed possibly due to the app apk file installation setting which isn’t turned on.
All you need to do is just open your settings app, then move to additional settings and search for privacy. Then open the privacy setting, tap and check the unknown sources option. This could let you install apk file without any parsing error. Few devices might not show you the same setting in the privacy tab under additional settings. You can check below steps and try again.
To allow app apk installations, follow these steps:
- Navigate to Settings > Security.
- Click the option called “Unknown sources”.
- Tap OK or click on the check box.
- Select “Yes/Accept” from the prompt which appears.
2. Google Play Protect Settings
In few cases, few modified applications do show parsing errors as there could possibly be a conflict between the google play protect settings. You must turn off Google Play Protect settings if you’re on above android version 5.0 and give a try.
To allow apk installations by turning off Google Play Protect, follow these steps:
- Navigate to Play Store > Tap the menu.
- Click the option called “Play Protect”.
- Tap or Uncheck those two play protect options.
- You have successfully turned off Google Play Protect.
3. Having An Android Version Lower Than Required
Few developers specifically develop the app to support a higher android version. In few cases where an app is having basic level coding would certainly be modified a bit (without any consent given to the developer) and make the installable on lower android versions.
In major cases, such modifications to the internal code wont allow an app apk file yet to get installed on a lower android version. In such cases, you need to install or upgrade to a newer OS.
4. App Modification (Xml Manifest Files)
As said earlier, there are few apps which can be modified a bit to support older android api versions. Usually, this is because of multiple conflicts with the newer APIs, which are loaded with additional functionality, or some other behavioural issue with the older Android API’s. You either need to edit the apk file in the android studio in a pc and recompile the whole package. Else, on your android mobile, you can install few apps called as Apk Editor to edit an apk file.
To edit an apk file with Apk Editor Pro, follow these steps:
- Open Apk Editor Pro > Select an Apk file
- Click the prompted option called “Full Edit (Resource Re-Build)”.
- Tap Manifest option from the bottom.
- Click the lines > Change minSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion to the required version.
- Then Tap on Save Option. The apk will be rebundled and is ready to be installed.
5. Unsupported Android OS Version
If for any odd reason, if the app developer develops the app for a specific OS version. Or in general, even after having a supported apk file, with so many tries still app doesn’t seem to get installed. Possibilities are either internal setting issue or completely unsupported OS version.
It is suggested to eset the mobile entirely, so the clutter which gets wiped off may also resolve the issue.
Else. suggested to install a newer android os build itself from OTA or by flashing the ROM file.
Wrapping Up On Fixing Android Parsing Errors
We have provided you ways to resolve android apk package parsing errors. It is sometimes delusional to imagine all these steps would solve the issue. Due to poor connectivity, or incomplete apk file download, the apk file upon trying to install shows the parsing error.
Before you try to edit the apk Manifest XML file, it is requested to check the apk file size mention in the site and cross check it with the downloaded file. If you see a mismatch of file size, you should redownload the same and make sure to have a proper internet connection.
Let us know in the comments if you think there is another way to fix android parsing error on android. We would love to know them.