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some bought android apps can't be installed

asked 2014-03-14 21:07:54 +0200

mlatu gravatar image

updated 2014-03-17 00:43:04 +0200

ages ago i have bought the game zoo keeper dx touch. i managed to install it on my jolla phone via the play store but after installing it, the store crashed. the first time i tried this, i immediatly accessed the play store again, but then the play store crashed again and got removed from the app lib. after reinstalling the play store i tried installing zoo keeper again, but now the game appeared as if i haven't bought it. after rebooting this issue was resolved and i tried installing it a second time. this time i rebooted the jolla before accessing the play store again (of course it crashed after installing the game). and this time i was able to start the game from the my-apps page in the play store.

but now the game is still missing from the app lib. what can i do?

UPDATE: Well now the game stays at status bought, and cant be installed.

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Try rebooting again, if you haven't rebooted after successfully installing the app? I think the android app list is regenerated when you reboot, I usually have to reboot after upgrading android apps if I want them to show up in the launcher.

ovekaaven ( 2014-03-14 21:34:15 +0200 )edit

hm, i just did reboot, but now it doesnt even show as "installed" in the my-apps/all section, but only as "bought" after reinstalling and rebootn i cant get it to be shown as installed. hm... actually i dont even have to reboot, the playstore starts again, but the app wont "stay" installed. i might be mistaken, but i think i started trying to install it before the last system update, which was around 19:00 gmt. maybe now after the os something hinders the game from beeing installed at all..

mlatu ( 2014-03-14 22:16:28 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-03-17 06:36:36 +0200

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updated 2014-03-17 07:52:37 +0200

There's an uncomfortably tricky way to do this, but it will work. First off, enable developer mode to get superuser access and the Terminal app. Go to Settings->System->Developer mode. Choose a password while you're at it. Go into the Terminal and type "devel-su" to enable superuser, give your password when asked. Now type "cd /data/app-private/" to get to Play Store's download directory. Your failed install files should be saved here as .tmp files, but we need .apk files. Luckily, we can simply rename these. Type "ls" to list all the files. Last time I did this, I found a file called "vmdl-2100860473.tmp". If you have tried this a lot of times, you may have a bunch of files to choose from. When you find the file you want, you rename it with the mv command. "mv vmdl-2100860473.tmp zookeeper.apk" Do another "ls" to check that this worked. Now leave Terminal and open File Browser, navigate to /data/app-private/, click on zookeeper.apk and use the pulley-menu to to install it.

I wish you luck.

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Thanks, works perfectly for me!

hwesselmann ( 2014-03-17 11:41:44 +0200 )edit
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thank you, that worked ^^

though i would have probably skipped the prose:

  1. *.tmp files located in /data/app-private/ are apk files.
  2. rename to *.apk (needs root)
  3. install using the pulley menu in "File Browser" from Jolla Store -> Development

something like that.

mlatu ( 2014-03-17 22:02:08 +0200 )edit
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