your device isn't compatible with this version

We use numerous applications on our smartphone on a daily basis and don’t even realize the role of existing compatibility between each application and our device.

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Although, new smartphones with latest firmware work seamlessly with various applications but older devices often struggle with firmware updates thereby proving to be incompatible with a number of applications. That’s where the user gets an error message ‘YOUR DEVICE ISN’T COMPATIBLE WITH THIS VERSION’.

Don’t worry, if the challenge exists, so must the solution.

Here’s a very simple approach to get your desired application to work on your smartphone smoothly.

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First of all, to determine compatibility it is absolutely necessary to KNOW THE CURRENT ANDROID VERSION your device is running on. To do so:-

• On your Android device, open ‘Settings’ app.

• Scroll all the way down and tap ‘About phone’. Now find the ‘Android Version’ (If you still cannot find the android version, tap ‘Software Information’).

Android Version

Now, this is the Android version your device is currently running on.


• Determine the name of the application you are struggling with.

• Simply, go to Google search and type in ‘name of application’ and ‘Android version of your device’ apk. For example, if your android version is ‘6.0’ and ‘Whatsapp’ is incompatible with your device, then type in ‘Whatsapp android 6.0 apk‘ in Google search.

• Now, download the apk from the exisiting search results.

• Next, install the downloaded apk on your device and you’re good to go.

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(Note- In order to install downloaded APKs on your device, please make sure that installation of apps from unknown sources is enabled on your device. If not, Go to Settings>Security and scroll down to enable ‘Unknown sources’)

Installs apps from unknown sources

Now, the application that caused compatibility issues earlier will install and run seamlessly on your device.

Abhishek Rana

Abhishek Rana

Abhishek Rana is a Mechanical Engineer by profession based in Chandigarh,India. He is also a WordPress content developer and definitely a technology enthusiast. He has keen interest in automobile mechanics and stock market trading and spends his free time enhancing smartphone photography skills. Convinced by the interplay of technology and durability, he uses a Galaxy Note as his device and drives a Toyota.