The latest version of an app can be problematic for a number of reasons. Updates can remove important features, or they might not be designed with your OS in mind. Sometimes your phone can’t handle a buggy release, and it’s annoying if it’s an app you use frequently. You won’t be able to downgrade an Android app directly from the Play Store, and it’s going to take a bit of searching to find the right file.
Even if you’re unrooted, you can still get the older version back if you need to.Here’s a guide showing the best method downgrade apps.
Downgrading Android Apps
Search for the older version online.Once you find an older version of the app online, you can download and transfer it to your device. You’ll be searching for an APK file. This is the file type for all Android apps.
APK Mirror is the website you can use and they have a reputation for having good files. There’s little chance of malware because the site was made by Android Police. The site provides clean files specifically for downgrading apps, so there’s not much danger. They only deal with legitimate apps, so you’ll have to look elsewhere for anything else. People often get caught out when there aren’t any other options available, so make checks before you start downloading files from a dodgy website.
Downgrading an Android app
- The first thing to do is find the file that you’re looking for. You’ll have to check for the correct version of the app and search the Web for it using your phone or computer browser to find the file. (It’s probably easier to use a computer.)
- Once you’ve found the correct file, download and move the APK to your phone.
- Uninstall the original app from your device.
- Open a File Manager app on your phone, and navigate to your download.
- Tap it to open it, and it’ll install on your device. (You may have to allow for installation of apps from unknown sources.) This can be done by opening the Settings menu and checking in either Apps or Security.
- When you next open the app, it will now be the version that you downloaded from the APK file. That’s all it takes to get the job done.