In most cases, we update our apps to the latest versions even without taking a look at the possible changes it might inflict. That’s understandable since in most cases these updates either fix bugs or bring the new features. That’s why even the devs recommend having the latest version. However, at times especially in case of your favorite apps or games, when the update comes along you wish to stay on the older version. That’s not simple, as there isn’t much you can do except that you uninstall the app and then reinstall the older version via apk file in which you lose the related data. The other way you could think of is to root the device but rooting has its own cons. Fortunately, we have uncovered a rather easy way to retain the older version and will show you how you can downgrade Android apps without root.
To downgrade Android apps without root, we will use Android Debug Bridge (ADB). You didn’t see that coming, right? Well, ADB is often overlooked despite that it is a powerful tool. You can easily downgrade Android apps without root, however, that needs certain things to be taken care of first. In this guide, we have put together all the necessary instructions to help you. The following method might appear to be similar to that of installing the apk file of the older version. To clear this, if you reinstall the app via apk you lose the data associated with that app. And that’s the reason why we use the ADB as it ensures after downgrade app retains the folder containing the app data.
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Applications can upgrade databases and downgrading may render these files unreadable by the older application version.
- Download and install latest Android USB Drivers using this Link.
- Click on the link and install Minimal ADB and Fastboot tool on your PC. → Link
- Enable OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging. To do so;
- Navigate to Settings > About Device.
- Tap the number 7 times. It will enable developer options.
- Head back to Settings > Developer Options.
- Tap on OEM Unlocking and USB Debugging to enable.
How to Downgrade Android Apps without Root
- First, download the apk file of the version you want to downgrade to.
- Rename it to app.apk
- Next, move the apk file to the folder containing the ADB and Fastboot tool.
- Connect your Android device to the computer via a USB cable.
- Run the ADB tool and execute the following commands;
adb push app.apk /sdcard/app.apk
adb shell pm install -r -d /sdcard/app.apk
- That’s it.