Closed Bug 1512823 Opened 3 years ago Closed 3 years ago

Apk downloaded by Fennec don't open in the google play app


(Firefox for Android Graveyard :: General, defect)

Not set


(Not tracked)



(Reporter: felix.bau, Unassigned)



(1 file)

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Android 7.0; Mobile; rv:63.0) Gecko/63.0 Firefox/63.0

Steps to reproduce:

downloaded an apk and opened it through the downloads section of Firefox instead of clicking the navigation item

Actual results:

it asked me how to open it
one choice: a text editor
the other one: a ticket app for events and flights (passbook, qr code)

Expected results:

it should have started the apk installer instead
Thank you for your report!

I couldn't reproduce this issue on the latest beta/nightly/release builds with Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Android 8.1.0), every time after I gave the permission to install app's from unknown sources, I was able to install the apk.

Can you please mention what device, android version and build you used?
Also, did you downloaded the build from

Flags: needinfo?(felix.bau)
OS: Unspecified → Android
Hardware: Unspecified → ARM
I'm using the current Nightly from the play store on Android 7 (not up to date) on a oneplus 3T

I'm downloading the vlc nightly for arm v8

I made a Screencapture so you can see what I mean:

I haven't tested what happens, when neither quickedit nor pass2u are installed
Flags: needinfo?(felix.bau)
I think this is an issue with Android, not fennec.
Summary: apk download → Apk downloaded by Fennec don't open in the google play app
I agree with Comment 3, based on some testing depending on the Android version of the device you could either install it or not. Closing this issue.
Closed: 3 years ago
Resolution: --- → WORKSFORME
Thank you for looking into it.

Opening apks from the download manager of Android works fine and installing apks from F-Droid works fine as well.
Chrome does it right as well.

It could very well be a bug in Android that all of these work around or it's a bug in Firefox implementation.

Most of all I wanted to report this behaviour. If it's not that important, then you might as well leave it as it is.
The problem doesn't bother me, I just wanted to give you a chance to fix it.
Product: Firefox for Android → Firefox for Android Graveyard
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