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React Native Android: Unable to upload some APKs

While trying to build your React Native Android app, if you get the following error:

:app:installDebug FAILED

FAILURE: Build failed with an exception.

* What went wrong:
Execution failed for task ':app:installDebug'.
> com.android.builder.testing.api.DeviceException: com.android.ddmlib.InstallException: Unable to upload some APKs

* Try:
Run with --stacktrace option to get the stack trace. Run with --info or --debug option to get more log output.


Total time: 17.878 secs
Could not install the app on the device, read the error above for details.
Make sure you have an Android emulator running or a device connected and have
set up your Android development environment:

it could be because of three things:

1. If you are using a device, your device is not plugged in correctly. Make sure you can see it when you run adb devices on the commandline.
2. If you are using an emulator,the emulator is not running or it has not booted up yet.
3. Your app is configured to use a buggy version of gradle. Version 1.3.1 is well known to cause this problem.

The most likely cause of this problem will gradle version 1.3.1.

In my experience, upgrading gradle did not fix the problem. To fix it, I had to downgrade it to a rather memorable version of 1.2.3.

Look for com.android.tools.build:gradle:1.3.1 in the android/build.gradle, and update it to com.android.tools.build:gradle:1.2.3.

With this, you will have fixed the problem of "Unable to upload some APKs" in React Native Android.

4 Responses to “React Native Android: Unable to upload some APKs”

  1. TwoWaterLee says:

    hello, i meeted the same problem. i tried to fix it with this solutions but it cann’t work. i also tried other version of gardle, it still not worked yet. so i want to ask if any other suggest you can give me?

  2. Captain says:

    Can you paste the error log?

  3. max says:

    Thank you!
    This should be in the Troubleshooting section in the official documentation.

  4. Moumen says:

    Thank you man, that solved my problem too

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