Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas launched in the Google Play Store, but comes with “download failed” error [UPDATE]

by: Chris SmithDecember 19, 2013

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

The highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas game is finally available for download from the Google Play Store, as previously announced, but the launch isn’t a flaw-free one.

Almost 10 years after launching on PS2, the game is ready for a second life on mobile devices. Rockstar Games sells GTA: SA for $6.99, although fans will surely appreciate the fact that they can now play it on smartphones and tablets – assuming they can download it that is.

The game will offer you over 70 hours of gameplay and improved graphics. Here are the main features of GTA: SA:

  • Remastered, high-resolution graphics built specifically for mobile including lighting enhancements, an enriched color palette and improved character models.
  • Cloud save support for playing across all your mobile devices for Rockstar Social Club Members.
  • Dual analog stick controls for full camera and movement control.
  • Three different control schemes and customizable controls with contextual options to display buttons only when you need them.
  • Compatible with the MoGa Wireless Game Controllers and select Bluetooth and USB gamepads.
  • Integrated with Immersion tactile effects.
  • Tailor your visual experience with adjustable graphic settings.

Unfortunately, the game will require quite a lot of storage space, at 2.4GB, so make sure you have enough memory for it. In case you were wondering, this GTA mobile version requires Android 2.3 or later on your device in order to work.

At the time the article was written, the game had a 2.7-star out of almost 550 reviews, with many users awarding it just one star because they were not able to install it on their devices, despite purchasing the title. Hopefully the errors will be corrected, and affected fans will be able to soon install it.

Have you been able to play the game on your mobile device?

It appears Rockstar is rolling out an update to fix the Download Failed error from earlier. If you have the game, give your Play Store a check to see if the update is ready for you. If not, it should be safe to download it now. Our app guy has confirmed the update does fix the bug. Let us know if it works!

  • Lisandro O Oocks

    not sure if this applies, but for some reason RockStar games usually are a targeted to a specific fragment. maybe they just missed to list which devices are good to go.

    • ryguy

      No, its fully busted for everyone. Not a single android device can run it.

      • bungadudu

        The same problem with drm…

        The ones that bought it in playstore are blocked but the cracked version already on Internet plays without any problem.

        Nice job Rockstar!

  • DarxideGarrison

    I still have my PS2 version of the game but it’s still good that people can get this on Android! (I guess) But at 2.4GB of space I’ll pass.

  • AndroidBoss

    When will GTA 5 come to the Play Store?

    • Someone


    • Jusephe

      2 weeks/months after it will come to app store.

    • Abdel Aziz Farhi

      When our phones become powerful enough to run it, As for now you’ll need a good PC to run it once’s the PC version is available, not to monition a smart phone.

    • aaton

      They don’t have a working ps3 or Xbox 360 version look at the freezing issues. I would never buy or download another rockstar game. Even if its free. I like to have useable games thank you.

    • Jonathan Sosa

      its already out

  • ogigogi

    So is it up for downloading or not

    • Rockstarfan

      Yes it is ,but don’t buy it before they fix this problem.

    • navjot

      To test you can use cracked version available on
      androtrix. blogspot. com
      Remove spaces to visit.

  • Rockstarfan

    Fuck Rockstar they were my favourite gaming company,now it sucks.They are making worst decisions ever.The GTA V has horrible crashing physics and a looooooot of glitches.I don’t know what happened with Rockstar but I hope they will be back in bussines.

    • Mozaik

      lol , sometimes i think gaming is not android thing .

  • Carl McPherson

    The patch now let’s the game get to the loading screen before it force closes. Well done Rockstar!!!!

  • oggears


    • Jonathan Sosa

      that sucks, what device u using?

    • Trevor Philips

      same thing on my htc one x plus -.-

      • stroboskop

        my one x whit out plus is compatibile

        • Trevor Philips

          added plus by accident sorry

  • Filip Alin

    On Rockstar’s page says that the XPERIA SP is a SUPPORTED DEVICE yet in Play Store says it’s not, therefore I can’t purchase the game.
    What the heck?!
    Help is appreciated.

    • mrbriggs

      I also had that problem, I have the SP. I downloaded a cracked version purely to test it out as rockstars website lists is as compatible, and when I tested it, at Max graphics? Worked perfect :) but it is still unavailable in the play store :(

  • deloskii

    Is it on android 4.1.2
    Because my phone is saying that is not compatible with the app I’m pissed

  • stroboskop

    some sad that, changing obb files from androidobbcom.rockstar.gtasa to zip and unpack it to androiddatacom.rockstar.gtasafiles solve problem, but noto for me :(

  • Bone

    Haha, I so called this new chapter of Rockstar failure when SA was announced for mobile. Who’s the hater now? Probably R*, we’ll take your money and do whatever you want with the alpha stage version that won’t even load, beta comes next year!

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  • Arturo Raygoza

    someone let me know when its running on nexus 5?

  • NatT96™

    It does not load on my Nexus 7 (2013 Edition). It shows the social club login after that it fails to load.

  • NatT96™

    It does not load on my Nexus 7 (2013 Edition). It shows the social club login after logging in or chossing the offline button it still fails to load. Version 1.03 is installed. Rockstar needs to fix this. :( Just a black screen.