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Google Acknowledges “Package File Invalid” Play Store Error, Working on a Fix

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Around the time that the latest update to Google Play started rolling out, some users have reported receiving an error message when trying to download/update applications. The error reads as “Package File Invalid,” then that’s basically it. Google posted on their Support page that they have received enough reports from users and are currently working on a fix for the issue. 

We’ve received reports that some users are getting “Package File Invalid” while trying to download or update apps.

We’re currently investigating a permanent solution, and there are no workarounds at this time.

We’ll continue to update this page with developments, so check back soon.

So, if this problem has been plaguing you, rest assured in knowing that Google has their brightest minds on the problem.

Via: Google Support

  • jper

    It won’t even start up on my note 2, keep getting. Unfortunately Google Play Store has stopped!

  • Cheldon

    I tried all the fixes but they didn’t work, then randomly it all works as of this morning
    Nexus 4, Stock 4.3

  • Richard Krajewski

    Problem is marked as Fixed by Google now….

  • Ar

    You have to delete your google account from the device restart and add account again it work for me

  • a1locjaw

    Yep, I’m having that problem trying to update YouTube…

  • yourewelcome

    It has something to do with the IP address’s the play store is getting – Just download hideman VPN( or use any VPN / Connect it, then update your apps. easy workaround for now.

    • Thea

      Considering this is about the playstore not working, how do you propose we download an app to fix it?!

      • phreakincool

        Try googling “How to sideload an apk”

  • jeesung

    4.3.11 is out. No change log, but may have a fix? I’m waiting for some app updates

    http://forum.mobilism.org/viewtopic.php?t=597938&sid=ee109516a79e16a30c26e86288c5af6b

  • ryknoll3

    Had the same problem with my ’13 Nexus 7. Solved it by tethering to my Gnex and updating through the 4G connection.

  • Gforce1963

    Some users????????

  • annoyed

    Been gettng this error for about a week now, very annoyed becuz I cant even download my lookout virus protector that comes free with my ph. This gettng to be very bothersome. Ive always here the expression “Google it” how when google is the problem. Come on google, lets get it together already. I cant do ALL I want with my ph that I use to be able to do

  • Dania Alnayar

    I’m having the same problem here on my S4…. its been 2 weeks!!! :(

  • Guest

    I restored Google play to the factory version and removed all downloaded updates for Google play. This allowed me to download the app and fixed this issue of “file package invalid” now I will just wait till Google updates to a newer bug free version and should be good to go. I tried every other fix online and nothing helped. I cleared cache and made plenty of room on my phone for the download it’s definitely the updated Google software that the issue.

  • Guest

    The turning off wifi did the trick for me

  • Travis Shepherd

    The only thing that seems to work for me is actually being in “my apps” and “watching” them download.

  • Blackcoog

    Most issues were with Samsung link. I was able to update Samsung Apps and download the Samsung link from there. As far as other invalid packages you can go here which fixed it for me. No issues since.

    http://www.android-advice.com/2012/fix-android-market-package-file-is-invalid/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AndroidAdviceTutorials+%28Android+Advice+%26+Tutorials%29

  • Clay Johnston

    My thoughts on this are that it is related to the staggered rollouts. Something along the lines of getting notified an update is ready but your # in line isn’t up yet. This causes if to not be verified when it is going to be installed. Just a guess though.

  • The Gooch

    Weird…. I’ve seen this issue since 2012 on random devices. NOW it’s getting addressed?

  • Cubanito1967

    About damn time!

  • KevlarGibs

    I’m glad this is finally starting to make some traction in the Android community… unfortunately this issue appears to have just started the 7th, the same day I got my Nexus 7… and it looks like no update from Google since the 9th…

    I wiped the device a bunch of times… cleared all caches, nothing seems to help… every few days, an app will download that wasn’t before, but then something else I just downloaded will refuse to update…

    Definitely a frustrating start for someone just getting back into Android devices.

  • Andrew Lima

    I flashed my GS4 with a Google Edition ROM and it fixed the problem. No issues since. Not looking back!

  • p4

    Ive been able to dodge the issue by changing my network connection .. if im on wifi, try 4g, and vice reversa

  • http://about.me/pinter mpinter

    I’m running into the same problem about once a day with automatic updates from the Play store. This is just a guess, but it seems to me that this problem started happening right about the time Google promised a fix for the APK issue where a malicious hacker could edit a good APK, inject bad code but massage it so the same security signature would work on the altered APK. Maybe Google’s fix has an issue with false positives?

  • David Foggia

    Yeah this is happening to me with my 2013 nexus 7 and it was a pain inn the ass but then I found something called HideNinja. Works great and fixes the problem. Free too

  • Tyler

    Thought that this was a problem with 4.3, started experiencing issues after flashing shiny 4.3. Restored my backup apk files fixed my issues.

  • KanishkSingh

    You mean the top men?

    • Dan-O

      TOP men.

  • sagisarius

    I thought I was going crazy at first… I get this frequently on all of my devices. Glad to hear they’re fixing it!

  • terry12s

    The “Package File Invalid” error has been driving me crazy for almost 2 weeks now

  • Mattia

    I get the invalid package error on my S4 only on Wi-fi. when I disable it and re-download the same app works fine,

  • Sav

    I got the error and it only took me a minute to figure out that the error was caused by my phone storage being full. I moved some stuff to my SD card and deleted some apps I don’t use and then everything was downloading fine. Instead of saying “invalid package” it should say “not enough storage on phone” because the downloads worked fine after I made space for them on my phone.

  • http://friv-2.yepi-yepi.com/ Friv2games

    I haven’t got this problem

  • Intellectua1

    About time.. It’s driving me crazy..

  • CasperTFG

    Oscura: “This item isn’t available in your country.” [sarcasm]this is a deal breaker for me[/sarcasm]

  • MotoRulz

    Got it again several times today. I just continue to hit update after it gives me the error and eventually it updates. Galaxy Note II

    No problems at all on my Razr Maxx

  • Tyler Bell

    I’m sorry, “brightest minds”? I’ve been having this issue for over a month now. Contacting google plays support has not even gotten me a response to say “oh, we’re working on it”. I’ve got app updates stacking up, and it’s getting rather annoying.

    EDIT: I’m using a GS4

  • Godzilla

    “package being delivered”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqkKlK85TVI

  • Jarred Sutherland

    About time .. I have tried all the “fixes” people have listed, and while they may work, it is for a very short time.

    I’ve had this issue on both my new Nexus 7 (2nd gen) and my Galaxy S4.

    • Kevin

      haha i was searching around too, i thought my acct was just messed up for some reason.

    • The Phenom

      Turning off Wifi did the trick for me.

  • Tim242

    I have not had this issue at all on my S4.

    • Godzilla

      same here