Many android users who have downloaded and installed apks from sources other than Google Play Store experience the error 403 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, error 927 and error 923, there is no one sure shot solution to the google play error 403. This error seems to affect paid or purchased apps. I have compiled a list of solutions that will help you fix the annoying error 403.
Also read: How to convert installed apps to APK files
Methods to fix “Google play 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.com.
- Go to play.google.com on your Computer’s web browser (preferably Google Chrome).
- Sign into your Google account (by hitting the sign-in button at the top right).
- Search for the app you wish to purchase and download.
- Open the app’s page up by clicking the title link.
- On the “install” or “purchase” button, right click and press “inspect element.”
- 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).
- Double click on the “true” in data-is purchased=”true” and change it to “false” then press enter on your keyboard.
- 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.