Android Device Chooser Shows Red X In Target Column

I’ve recently built an Android app with a minSdkVersion of 7 and targetSdkVersion of 10. I’m now making the app tablet compatible and adding action bars. So I updated by targetSdkVersion to 15 and in my project properties, moved my Project Build Tarket to Android 4.0.3, API 15. I also double-checked that my Java Compiler is 1.6.

Without making any other changes to my code, I try to run my app and in the Android Device Chooser, my two physical devices, versions 2.3.4 and 3.1, both have a red X in the Target column, instead of the green check mark.

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  • 3 Solutions collect form web for “Android Device Chooser Shows Red X In Target Column”

    In Eclipse, after changing the minSdkVersion and targetSdkVersion

    if the “Android Device Chooser” still shows the Red X on the Devices (which should be compatibles). Try:

    • Open the “Debug Configuration” or “Run Configuration” Dialog
    • Remove all the configurations under “Android Application”
    • Retry Right-Click on the Project > Debug As > Android Application

    All compatible devices should turns to the green check mark now.

    It’s becuase your devices are running Android versions 2.3.4, and 3.1,
    so you must have minSdkVersion=”10″ at the very least. Once you set the minSdkVersion
    to 10, then you’ll get the green check mark again.


    <uses-sdk android:minSdkVersion="7" android:targetSdkVersion="15" />

    If your manifest have a higher “targetSdkVersion” than your device, it will show a “red cross(X)” next to the firmware.

    If your minSdkVersion is higher that your device it will not even run


    I tested the sample project and got the same results as my answer clarified since the beginning.
    (image of the project running with same specifications as the question)

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