WDude WDude - 10 months ago 61
Android Question

APK File doesn't exist

I recently updated my android studio and have started getting this error:

The APK file \app\build\outputs\apk\app-debug.apk does not exist on
disk. Error while Installing APK

This is quite frustrating as I have tried everything I have come across online and nothing has worked.

As far as I'm aware the path to the app-debug.apk is correct and it does exist. If anyone has some insight please help!


  1. Running it in release mode does work. ~Thanks to Umer Farooq

  2. Running it with a custom build variant also works and gives a little more freedom than just release mode. ~Thanks to Prashant Shable

These fixes are nice to get your current project running, but doesn't fix the original problem. Give these a try if nothing else works for you and you are sick of seeing the error. :)


I'd love to say it was complicated, but it really wasn't. I had a ' (special character) in my Users folder name. Apparently this was causing the problem. This was pointed out in the comments of the Answer by Umer Farooq.

Final Remarks

I wanted to say thanks to everyone for the help. I think all these answers will make a nice reference for future AS users with this problem.

Answer Source

Build it in a release mode to get your apk file ...