How to Install an Android App If It’s Not Supported on Your Device

When trying to install and or update an existing application through Google Play, people encounter a variety of problems. In particular, some users see the message “Not supported on your device” instead of the treasured button. Although this information message eloquently says that you can forget about installing the program, this situation is not hopeless. You still have a chance to install an application if it is not compatible with your device.

Why is the application not supported?

To develop a solution to a problem, you first need to find the cause of it. Most often, a message stating that an application is not supported on your device appears due to a lack of compatibility: either your smartphone or tablet is using an old version of Android, or its technical specifications do not meet the minimum requirements.

It could also be due to a glitch on the Google Play side. But regardless of why the application is not supported, it will most likely be installed. True, for this you will have to perform several manipulations.

What to do if the application is not supported

If you have never encountered the “Not supported on your device” message before, it makes sense to uninstall Google Play updates. Then the application store will make old requirements for your smartphone or tablet, when installation of programs was still allowed:

  1. Open your device settings.
  2. Go to the “Applications” section.
  3. Find “Google Play Services” in the list.
  4. Remove application data and updates.
  5. Do the same with the Google Play program.

After this, the “Not supported on your device” message should disappear and you can install the application. But keep in mind that the message will appear after the Google Play update, which occurs automatically. Therefore, this method is only a half measure and another solution must be found.

How to update Android on your phone

Since the lack of compatibility is most often associated with using an old version of the operating system, you need to try to update Android:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Go to About Phone and then Software Update.
  3. Click the “Check for updates” button and install them if available.

If the device does not offer the installation of updates, then most likely, support for your smartphone or tablet has already ceased. This will be indirectly indicated by the old version of the operating system (Android 10 and below). To solve the problem, you will either have to buy a new device or use other methods of installing applications on Android.

How to install APK on Android

Failed to install the application via Google Play? Then try downloading the game or program manually. But keep in mind that this method is not completely safe, and you need to choose reliable sources for downloading. I recommend using the APKPure store. Using his example, we will look at how to install an APK:

  1. Using the search, find the program you are interested in.
  2. Click the “Download APK” button and confirm the file download.
  3. Open the file when the download is complete and, if necessary, allow installation from unverified sources.
  4. Click the “Install” button.

In most cases, this is where it ends. But some users have problems installing via APK. They are also worth considering.

What to do if the application is not installed

If, when launching the APK, you see the message “Application not installed ,” you first need to disable Google Play Protection, since it can block unsupported programs:

  1. Launch Google Play.
  2. Click on your profile avatar in the upper right corner and go to the “Play Protection” section.
  3. Click on the settings button.
  4. Disable all presented options.

Now try opening the APK again and installing the app. Does not work? This means that the compatibility limitation is the work of the program developers, not the store. You won’t be able to remove them, but you can install the old version of the program. To do this, on the application page in APKPure, open the “Old Versions” tab and try other options.

Also, do not forget that often the application does not install due to damage to the APK file. Therefore, sometimes it helps to re-download the installation package without resorting to the help of older versions.

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