How to Downgrade Apps on Android Without Root

By | December 3, 2017

As soon as we receive an app update notification from Google Play Store, we head over to the app to update it. In fact, most people have enabled the auto update to keep them safe from the hassle of manually updating each application. The issue here is that we never look at the changelog. Let’s be honest and tell how many of you read what’s new in the app before updating it? At times the new update may not live up to your expectation. So, is there a way to go back to the old version? Is there any method to downgrade apps on Android?

At times the new update may change the UI entirely or remove the feature you liked the most. It does not mean that you should not update applications. One should update the app as soon as it is bringing new features and fixing bugs. However, there are certain apps that we wished that remain like their previous version forever.

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Well, there are two very common methods to downgrade apps on Android within few minutes.

  1. The first method is to uninstall the application, download the previous version online and install it. However, by doing so, you will lose all your app data. And I am sure no one would like this to happen.
  2. The other method is to root your phone. Well, I will not recommend it to everyone because if you are not familiar with rooting, then you might brick your phone.

Having said that you do not have to worry. There is another method. Simple yet very effective. We will discuss it in details so you can downgrade apps on Android without root.

How to Downgrade Apps on Android Without Root?

Android Debug Bridge will help you to downgrade Android apps without root. ADB is a multi-purpose command line tool, and it works wonderfully. Most of the people are not even aware how useful this tool is. If you install the older version directly, then you will lose all your old app data. However, ADB allows you to install the older version of Android app without losing any data. Isn’t it great?

Guide to Downgrade Android Apps without Root:

Setting up PC and Phone:

  1. Make sure you have the latest Android drivers on your computer. If you do not have then head over to this link and download the latest drivers.
  2. Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
  3. Enable Developer options on your phone if you do not have. To enable developer options go to Settings -> About Device -> Software Information and tap 7 to 8 times on Build Number.
  4. Once you have Developer Options in your settings menu open it and enableĀ OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging.

Steps to Downgrade Apps on Android without Root:

  1. Download the older version of the app from APKMirror.
  2. Now move app.apk to folder containing ADB and Fastboot on your computer.
  3. Connect your phone with your computer using a Data Cable.
  4. Now open the ADB tool and execute the following commands.

adb push app.apk /sdcard/app.apk
adb shell pm install -r -d /sdcard/app.apk

Note: Here app.apk is the name of the app you just downloaded and want to downgrade.

This will successfully downgrade the app to the older version. Moreover, you will not lose your app data. However, I recommend to keep your apps updated because the updates bring new features, bug fixes and improved performance.

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