# Aurora Store
# Installing/updating Google Chrome or Google/Android System WebView responds with "Incompatible app"!
If you are using Android 10+ (Q and above), both of these apps are not easy to install/update. Basically, Google messed things up and gave Android users more work to do.
Chrome is no longer used as a WebView implementation in Q+. We've moved to a new model for sharing common code between Chrome and WebView (called "Trichrome") which gives the same benefits of reduced download and install size while having fewer weird special cases and bugs.
~ Source: androidpolice.com (opens new window)
The trichrome library is split into 4 variants, just like Google Chrome: Stable, Beta, Dev, Canary.
To install Chrome and WebView variants, follow the steps below:
- Firstly, download the trichrome library apk variant according to the Chrome/WebView version you have/to the one you want to update to.
- Install the apk onto your device.
- Try updating your Chrome/WebView with Aurora Store again.
You can download the stable Trichrome library from apkmirror (opens new window).
Read more about Trichrome on the Chromium Shared Libraries documentation (opens new window).
# Why do I have two Aurora Store apps after installing the new builds?
This might be due to the fact that you have subversions of Aurora Store (Beta & Nightly) installed instead of Aurora Store version 4 Stable, which is comes with a corresponding package names. You can uninstall those or keep it if you want.
# Login Problems
"BadRequest" → I have a Huawei device and I can't log in!
Chances are that you have a device running Android that was originally shipped without Google support. To the best of our knowledge, this includes:
- Huawei Mate 30 series
- Huawei Mate 40 Series
- Huawei P40 series
- Huawei P Smart S
- Huawei Mate Xs
- Huawei Y5p, Y6p, Y7p, Y8p
- Huawei Nova 7i, 7 SE
- Huawei Matepad T8, Pro 5g
Simply spoofing to another device configuration with the same architecture (e.g. arm64-v8a, armeabi-v7a, armeabi) and better yet, same Target Android Runtime APIs (API30: Android 11, API29: Android 10, API28: Android 9, etc.) should help solve this problem.
"Timeout" → I can't login because of internet connection.
When network connection is either blocked or network speed is too slow (Aurora Store waits only for 20 sec for an authentication request). If there is no response from Google's servers, then there will be multiple timeouts.
"Oops! You have been rate-limited!" → I clicked on Anonymous button too many times!
You are rate-limited after trying to sign in anonymously after 20 concurrent retries within an hour. Rate-limiting lasts for an hour. Going over the 20 request per hour limit means an additional hour will be added for every additional 20 requests (20r/h: 1h, 40r/h: 2h, 60r/h: 3h, etc.). If you are rate-limited, wait for an hour before logging in again.
Our current rate looks like this:
Requests/time (r/t) Rate-limited Banned > 20 r/m yes no > 50 r/m no yes
# Installation Problems
Bundled apps (split apks) can't be installed on OEM ROMs, i.e. MIUI, Oppo, due to shameless mods like (VirusCheck, Tracker Stats, etc.).
Pick one of these workarounds:
- Turn off vendor optimizations (like MIUI Optimizations, not battery optimizations).
- Use the Aurora Services installation method.
- Use the root installation method.
- Install the original Android Package installer and try
For the fourth workaround, you might need to install it as a system app for it to be able to use session installer and removing MIUI's package installer might help further. The problem with MIUI is that it only allows installations through Google Play Store and Xioami GetApps. You can get the Android Package installer from apkmirror (opens new window).
You may not be able to disable MIUI Optimizations through developer options anymore after MIUI 12 on EU versions because MIUI is just being MIUI.
# "Getting Metadata - Downloads failed, could not fetch files"
Check that you have a strong Wi-Fi or mobile data connection
First, make sure you have a strong internet connection. It’s best if you can connect to a Wi-Fi network. If you don’t have access to Wi-Fi, make sure you have a strong mobile data connection. Then try your download again.
Get more help with connection problems on Android devices.
Clear the cache & data of the Aurora Store
This gives the app a fresh start and can help fix issues.
- Open your device's Settings app .
- Tap Apps & notifications → See all apps.
- Scroll down and tap Aurora Store .
- Tap Storage → Clear Cache.
- Next, tap Clear data.
- Re-open the Aurora Store & try your download again.
Restart your device
If you still can’t download after you clear the cache & data of Aurora Store, restart your device.
- Press and hold the Power button until the menu pops up.
- Tap Power off or Restart if that is an option.
- If needed, press and hold the Power button until your device turns on again.
# "Download Failed - Session expired"
This means that the session has expired and you need to relogin again. Best wait a few minutes before signing in so that the session gets refreshed.
# "Installation failed"
If your installation method is set to Root and your Android version 11 (R), then you may experience problems with installing apps. A quick 'fix', that works every now and then, is to force clear all downloads in the downloads page within Aurora Store and try installing it again. Hope you win the gamble!
# "INSTALL_FAILED_NO_MATCHING_ABIS: Failed to extract native libraries, res=-113"
Most likely you chose a device config unsuited for your device cpu architecture (e.g. arm64-v8a, armeabi-v7a, armeabi). The device config should contain the same arch as the one your device arch has, otherwise you will get this error upon installation process. To fix this, spoof you device to the correct device config, logout & login, restart Aurora Store and try installing the app again.
# Can't find apps!
There are a few scenarios where you might not find the app you want in Aurora Store. These can include being invited to a beta app through an app developer, an app being geographically restricted or an app being device or OS specific.
# Invited to beta app
Some beta apps can be accessed by using the Beta sign-up button on apps that have beta programmes. Beta apps that are specially invited through a developer will obviously require your own account with the email address the developer invited you with. However, this is not possible yet because
# Geo-locked app
There is a high possibility that the app you want to look for is geo-locked, meaning it is not accessible either in your country or because the anonymous account you are using has it's locale setting set to any potential country other than yours. Read the Location section under the FAQ page.
# Device-specific app
The app you are searching for could be hardware specific or OS specific. For example, Google Camera only available for Pixel devices and OnePlus Launcher for OnePlus devices can only run with native libs or flags. You can't install these on other devices even with Google Play Store, so forget using Aurora Store.
# Not Working Whatsoever
Check if you are using the latest Stable build or Nightly builds. For some reason some people have reported issues while installing older versions of Aurora Store from third-party sources like Softonic and Uptodown.
Please download all latest AuroraOSS apps from any of the below mentioned sources only:
- F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/en/packages/com.aurora.store/ (opens new window)
- AuroraOSS Website: https://auroraoss.com/download/ (opens new window)
- Official Telegram Channel: @AuroraOfficial
- GitLab: https://gitlab.com/AuroraOSS/AuroraStore/-/releases (opens new window)
If you still can't figure out why, consult us on our Telegram Group chat or open an issue on GitLab if you must.