As an Android user who makes intensive use of an android phone, there is a tendency you’d get the ‘Application not installed’ error while trying to install an Android application.
The Android Operating System is no doubt, one of the best (if not the best) mobile OS. However, it has its short comings. One of which, is the application not installed error. Of course, this most at times, only shows up when trying to install an Android app.
There are possible measures you can take in fixing this Error on Android devices. And what’s interesting is, you don’t need to root the Android phone before getting it fixed.
First, we need to analyze the possible problem(s) before proffering a solution.
Common Causes of Application Not Installed Error on Android
- Insufficient storage space
- Corrupted storage (Phone and SD card)
- Incorrect app install location
- Corrupted Android app or Apk File
- Invalid Apk Signature/Certificate.
Possible Methods to Fix App Not Installed Error on Your Infinix Android device without Root
- Delete Unneeded Files
- Reboot the phone
- Uninstall Unimportant apps
- Re-Download the Android app
- Remove SD Card if any
- Factory Reset the Phone
1. Delete Unneeded files
In relation to the number one assumed problem, If insufficient space is the issue, the best solution would be deleting some unneeded files like videos you’ve already watched.
Sometimes, going through your app list and deleting apps not frequently used does the trick.
If you want to go a bit advanced, deleting cache files via apps can save you a ton of storage space.
However, be careful not to make a mistake as that can affect other files. So, for starters, delete videos you’ve watched or simply move them to an external flash drive. Thereafter, retry the installation process.
2. Reboot the phone
If storage isn’t the issue here, the next thing to do is to reboot your android device.
Restarting an android phone has over time, proven to be a quick fix for some android related issues.
Sometimes, the phone could be handling too many task thereby resulting to some errors. In a case like this, shutting the phone down and turning it back on, relieves the phone of some operations.
3. Uninstall Unimportant apps
This can be considered as a sequel to the first solution presented above.
Ask yourself, when last did you use some android apps on your phone? If it’s been over a month, It clearly means you can do without them.
If storage is a thing you seem to be tackling with, removing apps can save a ton of internal storage.
Not only are these apps uninstalled, the data are often uninstalled as well. And for the most part, some apps data can carry more space than the app itself.
Hence, you should uninstall those apps you don’t use or barely use to free up space. If doing this seem extreme, simply clear the app data or cache. Bare in mind though, clearing an app cache will make the app start all over.
4. Re-download the Android app
If the android app was downloaded from an external source, try downloading the same app from another source.
Preferably from the Google Play Store. If however, the app isn’t available on the play store, try downloading from another site you can trust.
5. Remove SD Card if any
The next possible solution should be removing the SD card from the android phone, if any.
This is because, the SD card may be corrupt, hence, interrupting an android app from successfully installing. Weird, but true.
6. Factory Reset The Phone
The last solution would be to totally wipe your android device. In doing this, you can choose to either do a factory reset via settings, or a factory wipe via recovery mode.
For the most part, I would advise you go with doing a factory reset via settings. This way, your phone will reset and appear the way you first got it.
Do bear in mind however, that factory resetting clears all the user-generated files on the phone including the google account associated with the phone.
The only files you will possibly find after factory resetting, are those that came pre-installed with the phone. For this reason, I would advise you only consider this as a last resort.
In conclusion, you should figure out what the possible problem is. Thereafter, you should try out the possible solutions to fixing the ‘App not installed’ error on your android device.
With the steps above being squarely followed, you can be guaranteed the issue will be fixed and the app should install properly.