Application cannot be installed in the default install locationSupport


  1. herrherr07

    herrherr07 New Member

    I have a Galaxy SII which I bought in Vietnam. Upon purchase they installed some apps on my phone, but there are still 8Gs worth of memory free. I've successfully installed several apps including Cracked.lite, and English to Vietnamese dictionary and more. But, when I try to download other apps: The Chive, Facebook and more I get the error message "application cannot be installed in the default location." I've checked around and I haven't found any posts that clarify the solution for this. I am an extreme novice with this.

    Thanks for your help

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  2. edwardzou

    edwardzou New Member

    I'm having the similar problem. Me in Singapore, using Samsung Galaxy S2. I'm not sure if it is only related to Galaxy S2 or it's a general Android update problem. I only have this problem since about two weeks ago.
    Searched the web, no obvoius answers, maybe because it's due to Samsung, not Google?
  3. noddle

    noddle Well-Known Member

    I got my phone from the UK from O2 and I am getting that problem now as I have installed ICS but I can download the apps to my phone fine from my computer through https://play.google.com/
  4. DarkIce

    DarkIce Member

    When I changed the default install location to the SD card, the same error occurred for me, but setting it back to auto fixed the issue. It looks like they've changed the default install location.

    To resolve the issue, download android-sdk_r17-windows.zip (version located list here) and extract it to the C: drive. Then follow the these instructions and install the USB drivers.

    Now open cmd in Windows and type each command below, pressing the enter button after each one:

    cd C:\android-sdk-windows\platform-tools
    adb devices
    abd shell pm set-install location 0
    exit

    Go back to the Play Store on your phone and update/install the apps you couldn't before. Once done, repeat the above but replace the 0 with 2.

    Hope this helps.
  5. HamptonCaught

    HamptonCaught Well-Known Member

    That sounds great, but does anyone know how I solve the problem on a Mac? Tried downloading three apps tonight and I'm getting the 'Error - Application cannot be installed in the default installation location' message for each one.

    Thanks for any help.
  6. JohnGH

    JohnGH New Member

    If you have an SD card installed, and your device is using the SD card as the default installation location, and the app is not able to be installed on or moved to the SD card you would get this error when you try to update the app.

    (I got this error on my phone when I tried to update the Google apps that came pre-installed/built-in, e.g. Google maps, Gmail etc).

    I tried changing the default installation location in Settings, but that didn't help.

    When I turned off my phone, removed the SD card (so there WAS no other location) and tried installing the updates with no SD card installed, the updates all installed fine.

    After the apps were updated I turned off my phone again & put the SD card back in. All good!
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