Learn how to fix the build problem [INSTALL_FAILED_UPDATE_INCOMPATIBLE] in cordova (android platform).

How to fix cordova (android) build problem : install_failed_update_incompatible

Before continue with the fix process

Be sure that your required minimum sdk is not higher than your device os version, if this happens please download from the sdk manager the minimum sdk to compile correctly. If the problem is not solved, continue with the real solution.


The problem [INSTALL_FAILED_UPDATE_INCOMPATIBLE] comes when a signed version of your application (usually already uploaded to the Play Store) is installed on your device or emulator and you execute :

cordova run android --device
cordova run android --emulator

To fix this issue, uninstall the app from your device or emulator and try the process again. If the problem persists, restart your device or emulator and repeat the process again.

If for some reason still without work, open the adb command tool (read more about here) and execute the following command :

# for example 
# adb uninstall com.ourcodeworld.app
adb uninstall the.package.id

Senior Software Engineer at Software Medico. Interested in programming since he was 14 years old, Carlos is a self-taught programmer and founder and author of most of the articles at Our Code World.