Android Fix: App could not be downloaded due to an error 403

By | July 31, 2013

fix app could not be downloaded due to an error 403Many android users who have downloaded and installed apks from sources other than Google Play Store experience the 403 error when they try to update or re-install that app from the Google Play Store. Again, like for most Google error codes -RPC:S-5:AEC-0, 927 and 923, there is no one sure shot solution to the 403 error. This error seems to affect paid or purchased apps. I have compiled a list of solutions that will help you fix the annoying “app could not be downloaded due to an error 403”.

Method 1: The most common fix for most Android market or Google Play related errors.

  • Go to system settings>> Accounts>>Google>>remove your Gmail account
  • Now from settings>>Apps>>All> Force stop, Clear data and cache for Google Play Store, Google Service Framework and Download Manager (like in method 1)
  • Now again go to settings>> Accounts>>Google>>Add your gmail account
  • Restart your android and then accept all the Google terms and setup Google settings
  • Rerun Google Play Store and update or install your app.

Method 2-Clearing Proxy:

  • Go to settings>>Wireless and Networks>>More>>Mobile Networks
  • APN (Access Point Name)>>MOWAP>>Edit
  • Select clear Proxy option
  • Try to re-run the installation in Google Play Store

Method 3-Router Proxy Settings:

  • Open your router configuration or settings panel (example- typing 192.168.1.1 on the browser brings up the router settings on my TP-Link router)
  • Now find your filter settings>>Uncheck Proxy
  • If that didn’t work  also uncheck Cookies box from the filter settings
  • Now install your app from Google Play

Method 4- Alternative Google account

  • Create another Google account if you currently have only one account
  • Open Google Play Store>>Press Menu button>>Accounts>>select the alternative Gmail account
  • Now try installing the app

Method 5- Browser Fix:  I found this solution on Phonebuff.  

  1. Go to play.google.com on your Computer’s web browser (preferably Google Chrome).
  2. Sign into your Google account (by hitting the sign-in button at the top right).
  3. Search for the app you wish to purchase and download.
  4. Open the app’s page up by clicking the title link.
  5. On the “install” or “purchase” button, right click and press “inspect element.”
  6. Above the row that will be highlighted, you’ll see several lines of code. Locate the “data-ispurchased=”true” code (near the bottom of the paragraph).
  7. Double click on the “true” in data-is purchased=”true” and change it to “false” then press enter on your keyboard.
  8. Now click on “installed” or “purchased” to buy the app as you normally would

These methods might seem like a lot of work but hopefully one of these methods will solve the 403 error for your Android.

17 thoughts on “Android Fix: App could not be downloaded due to an error 403

    1. Roman S.

      Press the power on / standby button of your Smartphone for about 3 seconds…
      In the window wich appears select either power of or reboot…
      Then confirm your choice…

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    2. Roman S.

      press and hold the power/standby button of your smartphone….
      after a few seconds, a window appears with the option to power off or reboot the smartphone…
      select either and confirm your choice…

      Reply
  1. Chandrashekara N

    There is one more solution I found!!
    1. Go to settings>>Wireless and Networks>>More>>Mobile Networks
    2. APN (Access Point Name)>>Idea/Airtel … (Depends on your service provider>>
    3. There will be 3 to 4 options to select.
    4. If Idea Internet is selected >> Change it to Idea GPRS/WAP
    5. You can select the same for other service providers also.

    Now try downloading.. Jakaas it works .. Happy downloading

    Chandru

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    1. Icemanraghu

      My network subscriber is (Airtel ,India) i changed from AirtelLive to Mobile office (airtelgprs.com). It worked for me…. :)

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    2. aroko patts

      For months and months i served the net to get an answer to solve this 403 error but all solutions failed…it was like a nightmare finally i tried ur solution and oh my God it worked…its like a dream…. thanks a lot chandru…you rock…am downloading games at the moment… hip hip hurrah

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  2. Manjunath Ramesh

    I changed it from Aircel pocket internet to Aircel GPRS in APN(Access Point Name) and it worked.

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  3. Nromas Irsnub

    This worked for me, and also I forgot that I had two accounts, so if your in the same situation as me remember to check this:
    -Go to system settings>> Accounts>>Google>>remove your Gmail account
    -Now from settings>>Apps>>All> Force stop, Clear data and cache for Google Play Store, Google Service Framework and Download Manager
    -Now again go to settings>> Accounts>>Google>>Add your gmail account
    -Restart your android and then accept all the Google terms and setup Google settings
    -Rerun Google Play Store and update or install your app.

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  4. thomas

    For Dutch people , go to network and then Apn then select your provider or internet port. Then You see name , proxy and a lot of another things go to verification type and set it on PAP. Its Works for me.
    Enjoy

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  5. Gigante

    This worked for me ( i have a samsung grand duos ). just put the definitions from factory and create a new samsung accont and google play. Like all “IA” format and its gooood….

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