Hello friends, this guide will show how you can downgrade apps on Android. The most amazing thing about Android phones is that there are millions of apps & games available just for free. We all have a few favorite apps or games on our smartphones. You’ve probably noticed that all the apps on your phone are automatically updated to its latest versions. It helps developers to make sure that users have access to their newest features.
Updates are necessary, but sometimes, you wish to stick with the older version of an app. It may happen that the latest version of the app removes or replaces features that were frequently used by you in its older version. Other than that, the latest version of the app might not work properly or have some bugs that you want to get rid of. The newest versions of apps might also slow down the performance if you own an older device. These kinds of scenarios may make you want to stick with the previous versions of your favorite apps. Follow these two methods for downgrading your apps to their previous versions.
Method 1: Downgrade Android apps Using a Third-party App Store
Currently, there is no such option to downgrade an app directly from Play Store. To downgrade any updated app you have to uninstall it first and then download & install an older version of the app from a third-party app store such as UpToDown, ApkMirror, ApkPure, etc.
To get started, uninstall the current version of the app via the Settings app. Go to Settings > Apps. Select the app and tap on the “Uninstall” button on the App Info page.
Once the app is uninstalled, it’s time to re-install an older version of the app you want. Just head over to this website and search for the app that you need. When you’ve found the version of the app you’re looking for, download the .apk file and install it on your device.
Keep in mind that subsequent updates can again replace the version that you’ve just installed. So, it may be a good idea to disable auto-update in Google PlayStore.
- Following this method will delete all your app data along with settings. So before deleting, make sure your data is backed up.
- For pre-installed or built-in apps, you won’t be able to roll back to an earlier version of the app than the factory version.
Method 2: Downgrade an app using ADB
Using simple ADB command you can downgrade apps on Android without losing your app data. This method is very simple and also doesn’t require root access to work.
Before you proceed, there are two things that you must ensure.
When you are ready, connect your phone to your computer via USB cable and allow USB debugging.
Download the desired APK of the app you want to downgrade to. Now paste the APK file into the folder containing ADB tools. While you are inside that folder, hold the ‘Shift’ key on your keyboard and right-click on blank space. From the context menu that appears, select “Open PowerShell window here”.
In the command window that opens, run the following command;
adb push app.apk /sdcard/app.apk adb shell pm install -r -d /sdcard/app.apk
You have to replace “app.apk” with the name of your APK file. For Example, I am downgrading WhatsApp, so I’ll name it “whatsapp.apk”.
Once the command runs successfully, you can check the version of the app and you’ll find it has been downgraded.
If you re-install the app using the APK file, you’ll lose all data and settings associated with the app. That’s why I recommend using the ADB as it ensures, after downgrade, all the app data remain unaffected.