Failed to open Descriptor File - UE4.27 - Android Target 30

Hi is there … please anyone! Who knows a solution for the Descriptor failed to open … problems … ?

I tried everythings … requesting permissions, added the permissions in the project settings etc. etc. nothing works!
This is an Android 11 problems (maybe also android 10 idk), because on Android 9, i dont have any problems. I can temp. fix this problem when i package my game for distribtution / as shipped … but i have a little crash problem on my app and i cant see logs because it is builded as shipped version

I tried it on a Oneplus 3 (Android 11), Oneplus 3 (Android 9 - works), Poco F2 Pro (Android 11), Redmi Note 9 (Android 11), Oneplus 1 (Oneplus 9/10)

If anyone know something … maybe a fix, please help me
The app works but without logs, i cant fix problems


I tested it on a computer which had never installed before the unreal engine and android studio, i installed:

  • Android Studio 3.5.3
  • Unreal Engine 4.27
  • Visual Studio 2019 Community
  • Android SDK 30
  • Android NDK r21d

I created an app with just a Main Menu (2 Button), with the current options and requirements listed on the UE4.27 Documentation
It’s not working, i reproduced it as i said on a new PC

Update 2:
Since it’s working on the UE4.26, i reported it as Engine Bug… - i reproduced this twice
Would be interesting if anyone can use the UE4.27 with android target 30 ?

I am also facing the “Failed to open descriptor file” error, on both UE4.26 and UE4.27 when targeting Android SDK 30, which is a real problem, as the Google Play Store requires new app uploads to target SDK 30.

It is a little unclear from your comments, but did you manage to get a version working that targeted SDK 30, or did you have to resort to targeting a previous version?

I use right now the Unreal Engine 4.27.(1) (Source) and it’s not working perfectly - my work arround is to upload my app directly with the SDK30 and as AAB (& Distribution build) to the internal track in the google play console board - when you install your app from there, you dont get problems

Here you can see some of my project settings which i using right now, its a tutorial because more people facing these issues with SDK30 :frowning: :

if you dont know how to use AAB Files and or you get a xapk validation error, I solved it here:

Hey, I noticed you got android studio 3.5.3 installed, this might be the cause of your error?
Make sure to always look at Platform SDK upgrades in release notes of new Engine versions (Unreal Engine 4.27 Release Notes | Unreal Engine Documentation)

It usually show recommended / minimum supported versions of different platform tools.
Currently for UE4.27 it says

  • Android
  • Android Studio 4.0
  • Android NDK r21e
    • NDK r20b is also supported to address compatibility issues on some low-end devices.

Hope it helps!

I noticed that my apps open fine when they’re downloaded from the playstore, but everytime I want to install from my pc I get that descriptor file missing error

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I got this to work by targeting to Android 30 in android settings since that’s required by google now but using android-29 in android ndk settings with matchndk

I got that error one week before, so what I did is make sure that:

UE: 4.27.2
AS: 4.0
SDK: 32.0.0
NDK: 21.3.6528147
JDK: 1.8.0_77

Project setting>Platforms>Android>
Minimum SDK V… = 19
Target SDK V… = 29

It’s working 100% fine with me on both way:
1- Launch options>Devices>then I choose my android mobile
2- I package to Android Multi> I transfer install file to android folder in my phone, then I install the game manual.

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Thank you!

Previously my target SDK V was 32 and after launch I got descriptor error, then I changed it to 29 and it works!