While downloading a video or audio file or any software in the Android operating system, the system divides it into different little packets. The system analyzes the data deeply. Once the downloading is complete, the packages are mixed to make one unit. But seldom, it shows “Parse Error – there is a problem parsing the package” error, and you are unable to complete the downloading process. So, it shows there is some interruption during the analyzing of data. Android Operating System is not well-defensive against the errors and one followed by the other you face issues while using it. Here, I am going to discuss the reasons behind the failure and some handy techniques to fix the Parse error on Android devices. You can try all of them to get rid of this error. So, let’s move towards the guide now.
- Method # 1: Allow Unknown Sources [Most Working Solution]
- Method # 2: Enable USB Debugging
- Method # 3: Disable Antivirus Program
- Method # 4: Remove Cookies and Cache Memory of Google Play Store
- Method # 5: Reset Settings
- Method # 6: Check Compatibility of Application
- Method # 7: Move to the Old Version
- Method # 8: Upgrade the Operating System
- Method # 9: Always Use Play Store
- Method # 10: Partial and Full “.APK” File
Method # 1: Allow Unknown Sources [Most Working Solution]
If you are trying to install a program from other sources than Google Play Store, you need to activate the option “Unknown Sources” on your Android device. Otherwise, it will show this error every time you try to install it.
- Tap the “Settings” icon.
Keep scrolling down to see the “Security” feature. (In some Android device it is “Lock screen and security” feature. Select it to open its content.
- Here, turn on the “Unknown sources” option. It will allow you to download files from other websites than Google Play Store.
Method # 2: Enable USB Debugging
This feature is not a must to download your desired apps. But sometimes, it interrupts the downloading process. So, you need to enable the USB Debugging. Follow the instructions to enable this option.
Tap the “Settings” icon.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page on “Settings” and tap “About Phone” feature (In some mobiles “About Device”)
- Here, you will see “Software Info” category.
- Tap seven times to “Build Number” to activate the “Developer Option”. As soon as you finish the seven tappings on the Build Number, it will show you that “Developer Option is successfully activated.” (Since my “Developer Option” is already On, the image below shows this message. But when you tap the screen seven times, it will show you the message that the “Developer Option is On now”)
- Now, you need to return to the “Settings” menu and tap “Developer Options” from the list.
- It will show you “USB debugging” in the “Debugging” category. Just turn it on.
Method # 3: Disable Antivirus Program
If you are using an antivirus program on your Android phone, you need to disable it for some time. Otherwise, it will block the downloading of the apps from online sites. It may consider it a suspicious program and does not let the system to download it.
Go to the “Settings” menu.
Scroll down to find “Applications” feature.
- As soon as you tap it, you will find “Application Manager” on the top of the list. Select this option.
- Now tap the antivirus icon in the list.
- It will launch. Select here “Force Stop” option to disable it.
Now try to download your desired app. It will not show parse error now.
Method # 4: Remove Cookies and Cache Memory of Google Play Store
If you flush the Cache memory and cookies from Google Play app, it will also help in fixing this issue.
- Open “Settings” menu and select “Applications” from here.
- Now select “Application Manager” from here.
- Tap to open “Google Play Store” from here.
- Now you will see two options here. Select “Clear Cache” to delete the cache memory. Now tap “Clear Data” to delete cookies from this program.
When you have successfully cleared the cache and cookies, you will see this kind of figure.
Method # 5: Reset Settings
The ultimate solution you need to apply is to reset the phone’s settings. If you are unable to fix the Parse Error, you can reset the settings.
Open “Settings” menu and select “Backup and Reset” from the list.
- Now select “Reset Settings” from the list. This option will reset all the settings of your Android device to the default.
Method # 6: Check Compatibility of Application
You need to check the compatibility of the application you are trying to download and install. If you do not find “.apk” extension with the file, it means the application is not compatible with your Operating System. You need to check the requirements of downloading the app on the said site. If it is designed for KitKat or Jellybeans version of Android and you are using Marshmallow version, it means the app is not intended for Marshmallow version. So, it may be a big reason behind the Parse Error.
Method # 7: Move to the Old Version
If you are trying to download and install the latest version of any app and that is creating this error, you can try its old version. Just search in Google for its old version and download that. If it works, that means it is compatible with your Android system.
Method # 8: Upgrade the Operating System
If in spite of using all of the above-discussed methods the Parse Error persists, you can fix it by upgrading the operating system.
Open the “Settings.”
Scroll to the bottom of the menu and tap “About Device” option.
- Now select “Software Update” from here.
- Here, turn on the option “Download update automatically” to check for updates. It will look for the latest updates and will download the updates automatically.
Method # 9: Always Use Play Store
If you want to fix Parse Error, use Play Store for downloading the apps. Look for the app on Play Store. Download if you get it there. If you cannot get it there, it means this app does not have compatibility with your phone. Never use entrusted sites to download stuff on your Android phone. There may be incompatible or corrupt apps with the unknown malicious virus to destroy your device.
Method # 10: Partial and Full “.APK” File
Make sure you have downloaded the full app. There are some websites where you find the partial “.APK” files of any app that will create error while downloading or running. So, when you start downloading, you need to check you have downloaded the full version of the app. Otherwise, it will create an error.
So, guys! All of the above-discussed solutions are all you can apply to fix the “Parse Error.” Just try all of them and see which one works for you. Don’t forget to tell others about it in comments.