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Here’s how to fix the “There is a Problem Parsing the Package” error.  This can happen when installing third-party apps on your Android phone or Firestick, such as Kodi or other APK files.

How to Fix There is a problem parsing the package error on Android
Fix “There is a problem parsing the package” Error

Factors for Android Parse Errors 

So, you have encountered a parsing error, or at least seen the message, “There was a problem parsing the package.” This may seem like a complicated robot-speak, but it’s not too hard to resolve. 

Sometimes, this can happen because you’ve manually changed the name or settings of an APK’s source file. If not, it could be resolved easily through your settings.

Usually, a parsing error will occur because your system is not enabling unknown sources, or downloading third-party apps as APKs

If this is the problem, you can confirm that by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to your Fire TV settings.
  2. Select System, and then Debug Options.
  3. On the next menu, click on Enable Unknown Sources.

If Enable Unknown Sources was off, that was likely the problem and you should be good to go!

Otherwise, your Android system isn’t compatible with the APK, this could be due to a system update requirement. Or, you need to disable antivirus software should you have it installed.

But Why Does Android Parse Error Occur? 

Even though you now know how to solve the problem when you see that dreaded error message, you might want to know what the parsing error even is. 

It’s pretty simple—when an app’s HTML code interacts with another system’s code editor and it’s found to be compromised, or incompatible. It’s always a pain when this happens, but your system will at least let you know.

Long story short, a parsing error is basically when an app has lost some of its data due to various reasons. The parsing error can also occur if a file within an APK has been corrupted.

Other reasons for android users to get this error are:

  • A security application like antivirus can interfere with the installation of the application. Firewall and antiviruses take the apk file as malware and try to prevent its installation into the system.
  • Parse error would also occur if you have disabled installation from unknown sources. Android has this feature built into it to stop the installation of apps that reputed stores have not certified.
  • Incompatibility of the application with the operating system can also be the cause of this error. You should check the operating system requirements before downloading the application from a third-party app store.
  • Cache and Cookies particularly on applications like Play Store can also interfere with installation.
  • A new update on the operating system can also stop the installation of files from unknown sources.

Fix There is a Problem Parsing the Package on Android or Firestick

Below is a list of the most common causes and fixes for the “Problem parsing package” error.  While several causes are listed below, the error is usually caused when you attempt to install a .APK file and Apps From Unknown Sources has not yet been enabled, and/or ADB Debugging has not yet been enabled. To fix this, go to your Android Settings, then go to Developer Options.  Finally, check the checkboxes to Enable ADB Debugging and Apps From Unknown Sources.

  • You have not enabled Apps from Unknown Sources in your Android phone’s Settings > Developer Options screen.
  • The APK file you tried to install is corrupted.  In this case, re-download the APK file from a different location than where you first downloaded it.  Or, the APK file could have been only partly downloaded.  Try to re-download the APK file and install it again.
  • If the version of an Android app you’re trying to install has changed, this can cause the Parse Error
  • The app you’re trying to install is not compatible with your phone’s software and/or hardware.  Some apps only run on Android phones, while other apps only run on Android tablets.  Make sure you’re not trying to install the tablet-only version of an app (like Amazon for Tablets) on a phone, or installing the phone-only version of an app on a tablet.
  • Some other app is blocking the installation process, such as antivirus apps, security apps, or anti-malware apps.

 Let’s take a detailed look at how you can work around the problem.

Restart Android Device

Restarting the smart device is often a fix to many problems. It is because when you reboot the android, it clears the RAM, and the applications that are trying to block installation in the background cease to function.

Furthermore, the device creates many temporary logs and caches in the background which we do not know about. Rebooting the device can clear these caches which allows the installation of new applications.

Uninstall or Disable Antivirus

Anti-Viruses and firewalls treat files from unknown sources as malware. Hence, you would not be able to install applications from third-party stores while the antivirus is working. You can disable it by:

  • Opening the antivirus app
  • Find the setting and locate the option to disable it. In most antiviruses, it would usually appear as you click on the three dots.
  • Try installing the file but if the error persists, uninstall the security application and try again. That said, after uninstalling the antivirus you must reboot the device to clear the remaining caches.

Clear Cache and Cookies

Cookies and Caches can slow down the device when the memory is full. And, it can also interfere with the installation of new applications. “The package appears to be corrupt” error usually occurs because of it. You can work around it by clearing the caches of the Play Store. Follow these steps:

  • Open the setting on the device.
  • Scroll down and look for the app section to open it.
  • You should be able to find the Google Play Store there.
  • Open it and click on the “Clear Cache”.

Update Android Version

Certified app stores like Google Play only show applications that are compatible with the running version of android of your device. However, third-party stores do not have this mechanism. Hence, there are chances that the application you are trying to install requires an updated version of the android. So, you can update it by:

  • Open the settings and find the system option
  • You should see the “system update” option. Click on it.
  • It would display the version of the operating system. You would also know if it is updated to the latest version. If it is not, you would get an option to download and install updates.
  • When the system downloads updates, it automatically restarts and begins installation. You should be able to install the application afterward.

That said, in some cases, phone manufacturers allow updates up to a particular version. After that, the system is not able to update itself. Hence, you would have to look for an application that is compatible with the running version of the operating system. You can find it on a Google search by typing the android version next to the application name.

Advanced Methods To Solve Parsing Error

For most people, the solutions that are discussed earlier would work. But if they do not, there are advanced techniques to work around it. You should only attempt them if all the other mentioned solutions do not work. And also, make sure all the data is backed up to external storage. Now let’s take a look at these techniques:

Solve Parsing Error Via Droid Kit

DroidKit is a system recovery tool developed by iMobile and is trusted by more than a million users. You can use this tool to solve parsing error by following the given steps:

  • Install the DroidKit software suite on a laptop or desktop. It is compatible with all major operating systems.
  • Connect the smart device with the laptop via USB and allow access if it requires permission.
  • Open the software and navigate to “Fix System Issues”.
  • As you click on it, there would be a pop-up showing the instructions. Click start.
  • The suite would install the latest firmware if required and fix all the problems in the android device.
  • Lastly, when the firmware is installed, click on the “Fix Now” to start the process of recovery.
  • Your device would reboot a couple of times during the process. Make sure that the USB remains plugged in till the process is completed. Try to install the application again, it will work.

Moving on, sometimes the recovery kit does not recognize the device and you cannot execute this process. This is usually because of USB Debugging. Turning it on would resolve the problem. Here is how to do it:

  • Open settings and find the “About Phone” option which is usually at the bottom of settings.
  • Quickly click 7 times on the “Build Number”. A pop-up would appear stating that “You are in developer mode”.
  • Go back to the primary settings and find “Developer Options” from the “System”
  • Turn on “USB Debugging” from the full menu.
  • Reboot the android and connect it to a desktop or laptop via USB cable. The suite should recognize the device now.

Rename apk File

Manifested apk are the files that install the application in android. The best part about these files is you can modify them as per your needs. You can remove the bloatware for ads in these applications. Furthermore, you can also extract the apk file and repack it into a new apk file.

Hence, if you can rename the manifested file, you can also resolve the parsing error. But in order to do so, you would have to install Android Studio on the phone. These are the steps that you should follow.

  • Open android studio and import the apk file in it.
  • Navigate to the “AndroidManifest.xml” fire and right-click on it.
  • You should see the option of “Rename”. Click on it.
  • Change the file name of the package. For example, if it is “XYZ.apk”, change to “XYZA.apk”
  • Now click on “Refractor”. It would open a new window.

Click on “Do Refactor” to complete the process and install unknown apps.

Fire TV Emulator Install Error

If you received this error during the FireStick / Fire TV “Install Emulator” process, try restarting your Kodi device, then make sure Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB De-Bugging are both enabled.

Important: When you’ve resolved your There is a Problem Parsing the Package issues and are ready to get back to streaming, it important that you’re browsing safely. Important steps you can take are to make sure that your WiFi router password is strong and that you’re using a safe, fast VPN.

There are already companies and government agencies collecting your browsing data, and it’s not as difficult as you’d think for hackers to do the same. You can make your browsing safe and anonymous through a VPN, which means you can be sure that no one is looking in on your activity.

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How to Fix There Is a Problem Parsing the Package – Plan C

Only if you tried everything in this guide and still receive the Parse error, you can try resetting your Android phone or Firestick to Factory Default settings. Then try to install your APK file again.  Good old Android Factory Reset usually fixes most problems.

reset firestick to factory settings menu

Related Issues to Problem Parsing the Package on Firestick / Android

If you’re still seeing the “There is a problem parsing the package” error on Android or Firestick, you might want to check out some of these related issues:

Wrap Up

Hopefully, this helps you get past your There is a problem parsing the package problems. If you have any questions, feel free to ask on our KFire TV YouTube Channel!

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