Google working on fix for recent Play Store bug affecting app updates
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.
Issue first reported on: August 7, 2013
Last updated on: August 13, 2013
1. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Randomly had that, was driving me nuts, especially after downloading huge games. Seems to have gone away this past couple of days.
2. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
What happened to blow out sale when you reach x billion of downloads or now bigger than apple in app store no more. 25 or. 50 downloads you blow
4. blazee (Posts: 271; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
That happened few weeks ago. What do you expect, discounted apps for a year once that happened?
12. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Haven't seen it for a while... At least 2 weeks I must of missed than
3. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Twitter update is doing this to me today still.
Glad to know, they know.
5. AfterShock (Posts: 2806; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Just tried again and it worked lol, fast.
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8300; Member since: 14 May 2012)
This has been happening on my N7 for two weeks now. Apps have been outdated since I updated to 4.3. Never had this problem on my GS3 though...
7. roscuthiii (Posts: 1803; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Didn't even know there was a bug affecting updates. Haven't had any issues. Anyone know if this is limited to certain apps or regions?
11. aahmed215 (Posts: 77; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)
Yes. I'm in the USA and two of my apps failed to update and another failed to install. But I tried installing another app and it worked fine. So it seems to only have a problem with certain apps. That's why I thought it was an issue with the apps themselves (developer side).
8. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
i had this problem after getting my my 4,3 update OTA. I know why it was happening and i know how to fix it. It started happening after the update because i was using 'the trick' to try and push my update through quicker: Settings> apps> all apps> Google services framework> Clear data.
To fix this problem, simply remove your google account from the device then re-add it. No problems with playstore or any other google apps since.
9. whightknyte (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Oct 2010)
There is a work around, just not a great one. It's only affecting some internet services. I can update all apps over verizon 4g, but not over my Charter cable modem. So I have to update my tablet over hotspot for it to work for all my apps.
10. febzz (Posts: 11; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
There is one 100%-working workaround for this.
Download an App called "Hideman VPN" on Play Store. If you get the same error while trying to download it, google it and download it elsewhere. Then install it.
Once installed, open the App, and connect to the country where you're in. Once connected, update your Apps again on Play Store. You can then disconnect again.