How to install older versions of your applications on Android

If you check the reviews before downloading an app from the Google Play Store, then you must have seen someone saying “the app was great, but the last update broke it.” Updates are not always good news for some people. If you are not satisfied with the update of one of your favorite applications, you can easily revert to the previous version without much hassle. Here I will show you how you can download and install older versions of Android apps.

Why app updates can be bad?

Many problems can arise when applications are updated to a newer version. Here are some issues you may face:

  • The new update may have a lot of bugs that you are not comfortable with.
  • Developers tend to keep their applications updated to the latest version of Android. If you have an older version of the system, the new interface and features compatible with the new version of Android may not work properly on your device.
  • Your device’s hardware may not be compatible with the updated version of the app.
  • You may not like the newly added features or the new revamped interface.
  • Your favorite feature may have been removed for any reason.
  • The updated version may be filled with advertisements.

If you are dealing with any of the above issues, then downgrading would definitely fix things.

How to install old versions of applications on Android

Unfortunately, the Google Play Store does not offer any buttons to easily revert to a previous version of the applications. It only allows developers to host a single version of their application, so you can only find the most up-to-date version in the Google Play Store.

In addition to this, Google automatically makes sure that all the applications on your Android phone are kept up to date. For this reason, you should bear in mind that your applications will automatically update to the latest version, even if you didn’t like it.

If you want to use an older version of an Android application, you must download or upload it from another authentic source. Let’s see how you can do it.

Before getting the old version of your favorite Android app, you need to configure your phone to install third-party apps and make sure they don’t get updated again. Here is what you need to do:

Enable Unknown sources

You must enable the Unknown  sources option  in your phone’s settings that will allow you to download and install applications from any source.

Go to  your phone’s Settings and tap on Lock screen and security.

Scroll down here and hit the switch next to  Unknown sources  to enable it.

Disable automatic application update

To ensure that your applications are not automatically updated to the latest version, you must disable automatic updates in the Google Play Store.

Within the Google Play Store application, press the hamburger menu in the upper left corner of the screen and select  Settings.

Now press the option to  Update applications automatically  and select � Do not update apps automatically �.

Now your apps will not automatically update when new updates are released. Instead the system will ask you to allow an application to update each time a new update is released. Remember to reject the updates of the applications that you do not want to update.

Uninstall the updated app

To install an older version of the application, you must uninstall the updated version. Unfortunately, with this action, all the data in your application will also be deleted. Therefore, before deleting, make sure your data is backed up in the cloud.

Most applications automatically backup and restore data from the cloud, but you can also use Google’s backup service to ensure that your data is safe. Go to  Settings> Cloud & Accounts> Accounts> Google  and make sure  Sync app data  is enabled.

If your app data was backed up, then uninstall it as you normally would.

Download and install the application’s APK file

You need to download the APK file (installer file) of the previous version of your required application from an authentic source. For this purpose,  apkmirror.  is a good website that has a huge database of applications and their previous versions. And of course, its APK files are free of malware.

If you can’t find your app’s APK file in APK Mirror, you can also use other authentic websites that I will mention at the end.

WARNING:  Try to download the APKs only from the authentic sources that I have mentioned in this article. It is very possible that you can get a malware-infected APK file if you download it from a dubious source.

Go to the APKMirror website and enter the name of the application you are looking for in the search field at the top. You should see the latest version of your application as the main result.

Click on the application and you will see more details about it. Scroll down here and you will see a section called All versions. This section lists all available versions of the application along with the version number and release date.

Find the version you need and press the Download button next to it. On the next page, tap  Download APK  and it will download.

Similar apps to APKMirror:

There are also other websites that you can search to get your APK file, such as:

  • UpToDown
  • apk4fun.
  • APKPure

NOTE:  You can also use your PC to download the APK file, but you will need to move it to your phone memory using a USB cable.

If you use your phone to download the app, then you can find the APK file in the Downloads folder. Installation is easy, just hit the downloaded APK file and then the Next button   to grant the required permissions. After that, tap on  Install  to install the app on your phone.

Backup APK files from now on

If you often rely on old versions of applications and don’t want to rely on a third-party website to find the APKs of your favorite apps, you can also back up the APKs yourself. You can use an application to backup current versions of your applications to SD storage.

The backup will be saved as APK and you can reinstall it if a more recent update breaks the app. For this purpose,  App Backup Restore  is a great free application that allows you to backup APK files of individual applications or all the applications on your phone and restore them easily.

In conclusion

Sometimes older versions of certain applications can be better than new versions. Especially when developers try to attract users with amazing features and then use shady schemes to make money. Was your favorite app ruined after an update? Share your experience in the comments below.

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