Android – Fixing the “Could Not Install On USB Storage Or SD Card” Error

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The “Could Not Install On USB Storage Or SD Card” error on Android phones apparently occurs when something goes wrong with the installation of an app and temp file is left on your Android OS. There is a work around and a fix for this problem.

The Work Around:

  • Unmount your SD card
  • Install the app
  • Mount your SD card
  • Move the app to the SD card

The Fix:
Note: I suggest you backup your sd card before you try this method. It worked perfectly on my Galaxy Ace but there is no guarantee that it might not cause any data loss.

  • Connect your phone to your PC as a mass storage device
  • Backup important data
  • Find the folder named “.android_secure”
  • Inside it, delete the file called “smdl2tmp1.asec”
  • Disconnect your phone
  • Install the App you were trying to install

Hope this helps you :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/peaterg P G

    I performed the “delete the file called “smdl2tmp1.asec”” method and lost all my text messages…

    solved the problem thou – not happy I didnt back up texts first :(

    • Sridhar D88

      when I deleted the file and tried to install then I am getting another error message saying download error not supported……….
      Please help me on this regard………..

  • Jonathan Martinsson

    Thank you for the tip. I deleted smdl2tmp1.asec and now my phone can install apps again :)

  • Iamgibbs

    Thank you.

  • Eryan_shai

    I cant open the file nor delete it..tis is the second time. The first time I change my memory card. I cant afford to change for the second time..one 16gb memory card cost SGD64.. :(

    • http://chandrahasa.com Chandrahasa Reddy

      Eryan, replacing the SD card is the same as formatting the one you have right now and using the formatted card.  If you cant seem to remove the file, copy the rest of the card onto your comp, format it and copy the data back.  There is no guarantee that your phone wil be back to normal (you will lose data too) but it will avoid the need to buy a new card.

  • Strikker22

    Tried it and thought it worked but tried installing “a monster ate my homework” and now the file is corrupt again . Deleted it twice and keeps corrupting. Never had this problem before the most recent update for HTC thunderbolt. The fix keeps the phone from reseting and whatever else they put on it.

  • Brian Daniel

    I cannot access this file via my computer

  • Soorya Kiran10

    dude how to move apps to the SD card?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000103740664 Amit Agrawal

    Thanks a lot. It worked for me. Deleted the asec file & now apps are getting install. Great tip. Thanks.

  • Prasad

    Thank you thanka s lot haas i will be very much thank ful to you for youe valuable solution for the probilem which iam facing since two days 

  • SUMEETPED

    UR VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY THANKS

  • Hinaahmed77

    thnkssssssssssssssssssssss

  • Venki Bub

    thank you very much
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jerin-Jose/100001443999030 Jerin Jose

    its working…thanks….

  • Lolita

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  • vaishnav

    Thanks a lot, you make me smile again.

  • Gogirldast

    I found that folder but it says that it is unreadable so there is not way for me to delete it.

  • Ajit Kumar Singh

    Thanks :) Its great

  • Guest

    Thanks a lot the first solution for the problem worked perfectly for me ……now i installed all apps i wanted for a long time…..again thanks a lot…………..

  • Anonymous

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :)

  • Timilsinarupesh

    thanks so much now m so happy………..

  • mradhd777

    AWESOME!!! So glad this worked for me. My next idea was to throw my phone against the wall & see what happened.

  • Salooogames

    thanks guys it fixed my problem by removing the file…

  • sat

    what if i cant find the temp file ?
    i even tried looking for it after connecting the phone to my laptop..still doesnt show

    • http://chandrahasa.com Haas

      Try switiching off your phone and ejecting your card. Then use a card reader to check its contents. If you still cant find the folder (are you on linux? On linux “.” folders are hidden), you can back up the files and format the sd card and copy the files back onto it again (Warning you may lose data during this process)

  • Sudhakar R

    Thanks a lot..works fine

  • Android

    Pls help me!! :( I’m trying to install temple run version 1.0.1 and I’m having the “application not installed” error and I cant find that 
    smdl2tmp1.asec file. Please help me :(

    •  I couldnt find it either. i just deleted all the stuff in the android secure file and reinstalled the apps. it worked

    • Santosh Santu

      i too have the same problem ,i dont have the file named as smdl2tmp1.asec please help me anyone i beg u plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz plz

  • Sakshigrover027

    thnx a ton…!!!! it really worked…:):) 

    finally it ends all d messed up thngs…!!

  • Brandon

    thank you, been trying install 6 apps that i needed and it wouldn’t work, but i tried your method and it works now. THANK YOU.

  • GUESTNEEDSHELP!!

    I just got this android phone off my friend, because my mum took my iPhone and Samsung off me, and it keeps telling me that the SD card isn’t mounted in the phone and I don’t have one, and my uncle is telling me that I don’t need one! I am so very confused, please help me!

  • Olikrawczyk

    Thank you very much it works
     

  • kris

    ..thanks big help..

  • Lolauto

    thank you it worked on my lg p500.

    • Ilovehotwingsfromchickenlicken

      Awe I have the same phone same problem

  • Ineedhelp

    Guys thanx so much this helped alot the unmounting didnt work but deleting smdl2tmp1.asec did

  • Dsfsdfsdf

    yes removing sd card worked i love you

  • Zds

    Thx u v.much..help me out

  • Jg2691

    very simple and it worked=]

  • Ticka Maryns

    Thank you so much for these. It worked …. 

  • Hituhitu1

    deleting ““smdl2tmp1.asec” file..installation happened successfully….

  • zulkenet

    I am using Samsung Galaxy Ace but it does not work.Help!! Please.

  • Aatiqazehra

    but there is no such file :( help 

  • Anisha

    Thanx…..it really does work….. my HTC had not auto updated any of the installed apps in the past 6 months… today after deleting this folder, it updated all d apps..

  • umarkharal

    could you just delete the whole folder?

  • James park

    it works for mee !!!!

  • Redocean86

    thank you ssssoo much it worked for me

  • androidio 2.0

    if u cant find the smdl2tmp1.asec file in the /mnt/asec/ folder
    but u need root permissions nd root explorer

  • Santosh Santu

    i dont have any files in android secure but still i deleted the empty folder ,but it appears again plz solve my problem anyone

  • Santosh Santu

    i have another problem that is ,,a message appears on moving any app to sd card saying that “failed to mave application” plz anyone help me to solve this problem as well as my before problem that is ” I’m trying to install temple run version 1.0.1 and I’m having the “application not installed” error and I cant find that

    smdl2tmp1.asec file. Please help me :(“

  • Avi

    tried both the way but not successful. help ! please

  • Shalaka S

    i dont use an sd card and I m getting this error msg. I cant unmount my card as there isnt any, and i cant find the .asec file in my folders. Plz help me.

  • Shan Shc Ansari

    When I install sonic dash and hungry shark it downloads and then a error message says cant download to usb and sd card, my previous game data is gone for asphalt 8, I was logged in and now after the reset I logged in again an im level 1 and I was on level 50…any have advise