Guide: Recover the Lost market app – Samsung Galaxy S Froyo Update

We had earlier written a guide on how to upgrade to Android 2.2 froyo in Samsung Galaxy S from any country, although it has released only in a few European countries as of now. Apart from a few other bugs, one of the main problems that the Froyo upgrade to Samsung Galaxy S users, is the deletion of Market application, rendering users to an option of just installing apps using their .apk files. The market application disappeared after the upgrade, and it was not just those from other countries facing the issue, but the European users too faced the same problem. To bring back the Market app, there are a couple ways which users are reporting

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1. Perform a hard reset of the phone. Many users have reported that this helped them recover the lost market application, although the hard reset deletes most of the data, so backing up is advised before you hard reset the phone. (Hard reset here means restoring the phone to original factory settings, so most of the data that you newly saved and installed gets deleted.)

2. Through the hidden system folder –
There are a few system folders which you can’t browse through the “My Files” section, and you need some file managers that can provide an access to those folders. One of those is the ASTRO file manager, which is an excellent app for browsing the system folders.
It is usually downloaded through the Android Market app, but here the .apk installation file would do, as the market is missing. Download it from here (password for downloading: and install the application.

Then open the Astro file manager, and locate the System folder in the bottom. Open it, and in that, go into the App folder. There will be a big list of application installation files. Search for vending.apk and open the application manager of it. Install vending.apk and the market app gets restored.

This option saves your phone from a factory reset, and also it comes to work when the factory reset option didn’t work to bring the Market app back.

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  2. Ravi

    March 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks, it totally worked. I updated the ohone after and it runs great.
    Thanks alot.

  3. Alice

    March 8, 2012 at 5:07 am

    when i click the install vending apk, it turns out ” application not installed!” anyone can help me?

  4. Alice

    March 8, 2012 at 4:59 am

    hi..i am using samsung galaxy S2. when i press the install button for vending apk, it’s written application not installed. somebody help me..:(

  5. night

    September 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Same here, I could not find the vending apk. I am using galaxy s2, i bought it in china.

  6. Mcwong

    September 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Yes it works but once exit and reopen market it’s gone again. Only a blank screen. Have to redo the steps again to get it back

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      check with the data network, it should work!

  7. shameer khan

    September 13, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    you can easily find the details regarding how to recover your lost android market application back to your phone.

  8. DK

    August 26, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    i’m currently using i-9008L with firmware version 2.2.2, i used Astro to browse in the app folder and couldn’t find vending.apk. please help!! thanks!

    • NeaL Pradeep

      September 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      as of now it doesnt support your handset!

  9. Salman Ali

    August 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

    when i press vending.apk then it will written as error ……its was o byte so what i can install plzzzzzz help me plzzzz

  10. Cirtex Review

    January 30, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Great tutorial. I got the market app back on my phone!!

  11. lee sung ho

    December 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

    can anybody tell me how to update glaxy s 2.1. to 2.2 plz write in easy way.thanx

  12. jacopo

    December 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    great documentation.
    but my starting point it a brandNew Galaxy TAB with Froyo installed by default.
    And funny enough the vendor.apk is not there at all!!
    (I’ll avoid to comment now on this move from samsung, shame!!)

    I guess I should install it from somewhere else then, but where?
    any idea? thanks

  13. JRF

    December 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    This totally worked. Thank you so much.

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