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By ksnorris, Junior Member on 18th December 2017, 12:12 AM
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Hello,

Yesterday, several apps I downloaded through the google play store (sideloaded weeks ago, never had any issues) and one from the amazon app store are grayed out and I get an error when I try opening them that says "SD card not available" and goes on to tell me the SD card where the app installed isn't available. I've never had an SD card in the tablet. I can click "download again," but of course that brings me to the amazon app store.

I have tried re-installing, force stopping and clearing caches, restarting, and updating apps. The weird thing is I can get to the apps if I take another route in ie. if I go on google maps (not affected by issue) and go to a restaurant's website, it opens in Chrome (app affected by issue). Then, Chrome runs normal.

If it makes any difference, the apps that don't work are Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Memrise, Hulu, and Google Sheets.

Thanks in advance for any help!
 
 
19th December 2017, 02:07 AM |#2  
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Hello,

Yesterday, several apps I downloaded through the google play store (sideloaded weeks ago, never had any issues) and one from the amazon app store are grayed out and I get an error when I try opening them that says "SD card not available" and goes on to tell me the SD card where the app installed isn't available. I've never had an SD card in the tablet. I can click "download again," but of course that brings me to the amazon app store.

I have tried re-installing, force stopping and clearing caches, restarting, and updating apps. The weird thing is I can get to the apps if I take another route in ie. if I go on google maps (not affected by issue) and go to a restaurant's website, it opens in Chrome (app affected by issue). Then, Chrome runs normal.

If it makes any difference, the apps that don't work are Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, Memrise, Hulu, and Google Sheets.

Thanks in advance for any help!

I had the same problem today with Aquamail. I went to another launcher that I had installed through the Play Store, and uninstalled it from there. Then a reinstall worked. And then the icon for the app appeared in both launchers. I have no idea why it said it was an error with the SD card. There's just some bug with whatever new update they gave us. But that's the only app I had it occur on.
19th December 2017, 02:22 AM |#3  
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I had the same problem today with Aquamail. I went to another launcher that I had installed through the Play Store, and uninstalled it from there. Then a reinstall worked. And then the icon for the app appeared in both launchers. I have no idea why it said it was an error with the SD card. There's just some bug with whatever new update they gave us. But that's the only app I had it occur on.

Hmm, I tried uninstalling the app in every way I can think of - including through the play store - and no dice. I have also found that when I uninstall the app, the icon doesn't go away. When I uninstall from the play store and try to uninstall from the home screen, it says the app wasn't found in the list of installed apps. But when I tap to open, it gives the same SD card error.

I'm still really puzzled by the fact this isn't limited to google play apps...does that mean it's something with the OS?
19th December 2017, 02:28 AM |#4  
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Hmm, I tried uninstalling the app in every way I can think of - including through the play store - and no dice. I have also found that when I uninstall the app, the icon doesn't go away. When I uninstall from the play store and try to uninstall from the home screen, it says the app wasn't found in the list of installed apps. But when I tap to open, it gives the same SD card error.

I'm still really puzzled by the fact this isn't limited to google play apps...does that mean it's something with the OS?

The way I uninstalled was by going to another launcher (total launcher) . You tried that also? I only had it happen with that one app, and it was from the Google Play Store. As far as why it's happening, I really don't know. But it seems to have happened to me today, which makes me think it had something to do with an update either yesterday or today.
19th December 2017, 02:59 AM |#5  
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The way I uninstalled was by going to another launcher (total launcher) . You tried that also? I only had it happen with that one app, and it was from the Google Play Store. As far as why it's happening, I really don't know. But it seems to have happened to me today, which makes me think it had something to do with an update either yesterday or today.

Oh no I haven't tried another launcher - didn't know what that was until I just looked.

I also notice that every app I update grays out now. Newly installed apps don't appear on the home screen. However, they all open fine if I open it through the app store or another functioning app. So I'm wondering if I uninstall it through total launcher if it won't even appear on the home screen once re-installed.
19th December 2017, 03:01 AM |#6  
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How do you install a launcher? I installed one, but when I hit the home button, it brings me back to the default Amazon launcher.
19th December 2017, 03:04 AM |#7  
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How do you install a launcher? I installed one, but when I hit the home button, it brings me back to the default Amazon launcher.

I just did it through the play store.

Unfortunately, this didn't solve my problem either.
19th December 2017, 03:37 AM |#8  
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I just did it through the play store.

Unfortunately, this didn't solve my problem either.

It sounds like this won't help you, but I'll point you to it anyway. Look for the XDA thread called New: Any Launcher, No Root (Launcher Hijack V3). This talks about installing other launchers and hijacking the home button. Sorry that I can't think of anything else. You might try I factory reset and start over, but you may not want to do that, and it may not solve your problem.

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Sorry, I didn't see one of your posts. I have also had the problem where anything I install does not show on the fire launcher home screen. But it will show on other launchers. This started yesterday or today for me, so something in one of the updates caused this. If you use another launcher it will probably solve the problem of not seeing the apps on a home screen. But you said it did not help your problem with those that you cannot delete. Evie is a nice launcher that is simple to use, so you might start with that one.
19th December 2017, 07:52 AM |#9  
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I think I was wrong in what I told you before. I thought I was able to uninstall aquamail which said something about requiring the SD card. But it just happened to me with a different app, and I get that sd card error. So I think I was misled because I uninstalled it and then reinstalled over in the other launcher. Then when I looked back on the fire launcher, the icon was there and it could be clicked. But if you really want to get rid of it and not reinstall, I don't see a way to do that yet. Sorry to have been on the wrong track.

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I think I was wrong in what I told you before. I thought I was able to uninstall aquamail which said something about requiring the SD card. But it just happened to me with a different app, and I get that sd card error. So I think I was misled because I uninstalled it and then reinstalled over in the other launcher. Then when I looked back on the fire launcher, the icon was there and it could be clicked. But if you really want to get rid of it and not reinstall, I don't see a way to do that yet. Sorry to have been on the wrong track.

Okay, I learned a little more. I'm not sure if all of these steps are necessary. But I went to settings, apps and games, All, Home Pages. That's the fire launcher. I cleared its cache and data and force stopped. Then when it is launched again, the apps that couldn't be deleted are now no longer showing. However, if you had arranged all the icons in some kind of order, now it is all alphabetical. I also think that newly installed apps do show, but I haven't really done much testing with it yet. I'm mostly sticking with another launcher. So I don't really care about the fire launcher, but once in awhile, I might like to use it. So it's good to see that we can clean these things up.

EDIT: Ignore what I said about it now being alphabetical. It seems to be in the order that apps are added.
22nd December 2017, 02:03 AM |#10  
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Got the same Problem now, but on a new Fire HD8!

Apps were running fine yesterday or a day before and now 3 apps installed from Google Play Store are Grayed out and give the error "SD-Card not Available" and i should insert the same SD-Card... (never had extra any inside). And its only Apps from Play Store. All three Apps are Smarthome apps: Philips HUE, Kasa and Yonomi. The funny Thing.. If I open The Google Playstore and and search my app, then i can either deinstall or open app. And if i open app from there it works...he starts app with no Problem.

Curious this happens to others at the same time...

Maybe helpful for determining Problem: Files i Used to install the Google Playstore:

com.google.android.gsf.login_5.1-1743759-22_minAPI21(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
com.google.android.gsf_5.1-1743759-22_minAPI22(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
com.google.android.gms_11.5.09_(240-164803921)-11509240_minAPI21(arm64-v8a,armeabi-v7a)(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
com.android.vending_8.3.41.U-all_0_FP_170066753-80834100_minAPI14(armeabi-v7a)(240,320,480dpi)_apkmirror.com.apk

Would be great if someone found out the Problem and a Fix for that.

Thnx
ch1ller
22nd December 2017, 02:09 AM |#11  
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Got the same Problem now, Apps were running fine yesterday or a day before and now 3 apps installed from Google Play Store are Grayed out and give the error "SD-Card not Available" and i should insert the same SD-Card... (never had extra any inside). And its only Apps from Play Store. All three Apps are Smarthome apps: Philips HUE, Kasa and Yonomi. The funny Thing.. If I open The Google Playstore and and search my app, then i can either deinstall or open app. And if i open app from there it works...he starts app with no Problem.

Curious this happens to others at the same time...

Maybe helpful for determining Problem: Files i Used to install the Google Playstore:

com.google.android.gsf.login_5.1-1743759-22_minAPI21(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
com.google.android.gsf_5.1-1743759-22_minAPI22(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
com.google.android.gms_11.5.09_(240-164803921)-11509240_minAPI21(arm64-v8a,armeabi-v7a)(nodpi)_apkmirror.com.apk
com.android.vending_8.3.41.U-all_0_FP_170066753-80834100_minAPI14(armeabi-v7a)(240,320,480dpi)_apkmirror.com.apk

Would be great if someone found out the Problem and a Fix for that.

Thnx
ch1ller

Did you try the steps I mentioned in the previous post for the Home Pages app?
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