Sometimes when you try to update or install apps from the Google Play Store you will encounter the “Package file is invalid” error. This problem is generally associated with cache files. Mostly, clearing cache or uninstalling and reinstalling app will solve the issue. Other times, users have found that the problem disappeared when they installed or updated the app on a different wi-fi network. Here are some methods you can try to solve this error::
Method 1 for update error:
Method 5: (for rooted devices with Clockworkmod Orange)
(UPDATED )Method 7: Installing a VPN app
Many users have successfully solved the package file is invalid issue after installing VPN apps.
I haven’t found any “one sure shot solution” for all android devices. However, one of the above methods should work for you. All the best.
Note:I advise you to install Clean Master to clear app caches and other unwanted files. Also, this app will notify you when your cache is eating up a lot of space.
Updated August 14, 2013: The Google market error is bothering most android users nowadays. Recently, Google support announced that they are “working on a permanent solution” for the package file is invalid error and that “there are no workarounds at this time”. Meanwhile, the fixes in this post have worked for some, you can give it a try.
UPDATE AUGUST 15, 2013: Google has put the “Package file is invalid” under Fixed/Resolved. It seems Google has really fixed this issue since Appslova is getting very few inquiries related to this error. Another common error marked as “Fixed” is the RPC:S-5:AEC-0 error. Still users are querying about this issue but its nothing major and most android users can easily solve it.
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I found out that you simply need to unplug your router for few minutes and plug it back. Restart your phone too to be sure coz I restarted mine. Then I downloaded the app again and it worked.
i’ve tried everything, even factory reset and now more than just one of my apps is saying it.
I also did a factory reset and now I can not re add apps without the error message. Nothing has worked.
Try the updated Method 5: Install a VPN app and the run the google play store.
Installing the VRP worked for me too
Hi! I know this is old, but I’m getting the error for every single one of my apps. I can’t do anything. I hard reset my mobile and nothing, the error persists. I can’t install anything from t GPlay, therefore I don’t know how can I install a VPN add. Can I do that in some other manner? Please, some one, help!
Alex, try rooting your phone.
Nothing do anything but just go to setting->accounts->your play store account->and synchronise the that play store account:)
Tried everything. Still, not able to download or update any apps! 🙁
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Clearing the cache files solved the problem for me. Thanks anyways :) ...