Addicted Lv. 3
- SB Cash
- Moto E5 Cruise - Android 8.0.0
- United States of America
Don't you get frustrated when you get this error message? Especially when you know that the app you are trying to install IS available in your country! I do! 🤪🤬 So this is how I solved the problem.
First of all, BEWARE. Sometimes when you think you are downloading an app that you want instead you get a malware app, install it and get the error message above. To find it go to your device's download location. It will usually say it is the app you requested, but it will be a lot smaller. For example, the app I am trying to download is the game Critical Strike and the size is 86.35 MB but the APK is much smaller (see screenshot below) Mine says that it is 6.62 MB. (For the purpose of this post I downloaded both files). If I installed the file that is 6.62 MB I would install a malware app that causes those annoying pop-ups or other problems. And over time they can be relentless!
After your device installs this malware app it will inform you that "the APK has been installed" and gives you the option to Open it. So you click Open and you get this error message:
So where is the malware app that was installed? You can find it in your Apps List with all of your other apps. But it looks different. Go to Setting then click on Apps. Scroll through your list of Apps until you find a space with no name and, in some cases, no icon. All that it will show is the size of the malware app, which is now 29.87 MB. It will look like this:
Simply tap on the app and uninstall it in the same way you would any other app. If you have pop-ups that you can't remove, try looking for one of these.
Now, if the above doesn't apply and you have downloaded and installed the actual app you intended to but you're still getting this error message, uninstall the app (you do not need to delete the APK file, just leave it in your Downloads) and turn on your VPN. I have used a few different VPN's and it works great with each one. Currently I use Tunnel Bear. I set the VPN to Canada, Australia, whichever you prefer. So I appear to be in that country now Go back to Downloads and install the APK again. Yay! Now you can play the game! You can turn off the VPN. No, you do not need to run the VPN while playing your game. You're good to go 😁
Just a thought, take a minute and look through your App List and see if you have a malware app. You may be surprised. They usually are at the very top or at the very end. If you find one I would be interested to know. I happened upon them by chance.
I would love to know if any of this helps anyone and in what way. If you have any questions, please let me know.