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How to revert to a previous version of an application

Why revert to a previous version of an application?

What reasons can there be to go back to a previous version of an app? As a general rule, it is appropriate to be up to date and update the applications as their new versions arrive. However, there are cases where it is more or less necessary to revert to a previous version. Which?

  • Impact error in the new version: When a new version of an app has bugs and impact errors, it is possible that it affects the entire experience not only of the app, but of the mobile. In these cases it is better to revert to a previous state.
  • New Design You Hate: If your favorite app updates with a new design, you may prefer the old one. If the functionality doesn’t change much, it may be a good idea to install a previous version.
  • Purchase by a suspicious company: Some companies, like Cheetah Mobile, are better not to trust. If a suspicious company takes over one of your favorite apps, it’s safer to stick with older versions.

These are the cases that occur to us that may lead us to make the decision to revert to a previous version of an app. Whatever your motivation, these are the steps to follow.

How to revert to a previous version of an application

Step 1: completely uninstall (or remove all possible updates)

First of all, get rid of the current version of the app, which is the one that causes problems. Use your favorite method to uninstall, but as a general rule it will be enough to go to Settings and enter Apps and notifications To access Application information and access each app one by one. In third-party applications you will find a large button Uninstall, while in system apps you must click on the three-point button at the top right and use Uninstall updates. You must take this into account, since the factory version will be restored in the system apps and you will not be able to “download” it.

Step 2: make sure you can install apk files

Follow our guide to installing unknown apps to make sure you can install apk files, something necessary for the next steps.

Step 3: find the version you are looking for and install it

Access a trusted portal like APK Mirror and search your application. Access the version history. Download the version that you prefer and that best suits you to your mobile and install it again on your smartphone.

Step 4: disable automatic updates

Finally, you must disable automatic updates of that application to prevent it from returning to the version that causes problems. Can to learn to do it in the following article: