Among Android users, it is common to encounter the error message “The package conflicts with an existing package by the same name.” This error usually occurs when trying to install or sideload an APK file on an Android device. It is often caused by an already installed application with the same name as the one being installed.
The most straightforward solution to this error is to uninstall the existing app and then try installing the new APK. However, sometimes this fix does not work, and users continue to face the same error even after uninstalling the app.
Fortunately, there are simple workarounds to fix this issue without needing to use third-party apps or root the device. Follow the steps below to fix the error and install any APK you want:
- Disable any lock screen security and pin code on your phone.
- Add the APK shortcut to your home screen.
- Reboot your device.
- Once your device is up and running, quickly tap on the APK shortcut to start the installation.
If the above steps do not work, try this alternative solution:
- Install APK Editor from the Google Play Store.
- Open the app and select the APK file you want to install.
- Tap on “Common Edit.”
- Change the install location from “default” to “Internal Only.”
- Wait until the APK is edited, and then try installing it again.
That’s it! Your APK should now be installed. Watch the video below to see this workaround in action. Let us know in the comments if it worked for you. Note that this guide is updated as of November 2019.