December 22, 2014

Google working to fix 'Package File Invalid' issues

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Have you recently run into problems trying to update Android apps or games? More specifically, are you seeing a “Package File Invalid” error when downloading or updating apps? You’re not alone. It’s actually so much of a problem that Google has acknowledged it and promises a solution.

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.

In the meanwhile, you’re advised to sit tight on your app or game and wait it out. If you want to keep an eye on the issue, be sure to follow along at the Google Play support page.



  • Jeff Edsell

    One tip I haven’t seen anyone mention: the bug appears to only affect wifi downloads. So if you switch to cellular data, you should be okay (of course you’re using your data plan, so choose wisely).

    One user claims that they were able to overcome the bug with a wifi-only tablet by tethering to their phone, but I haven’t tried that.

    • guest buddy

      I tried that. It did not work for any of the apps.

  • http://thelifebook.com/ David Vollstedt

    I used the free app “hideman vpn” to change my country location. It solved the problem for me.