Have you recently updated your favorite app and found that one of your favorite features was no longer present? Though updates are always good, sometimes, you wish to stick to the older version of the app.
If Automatic Updates settings are enabled on your device, all the installed applications will be updated automatically, whenever developers release an update. If somehow your favorite app has also been updated & you wish to stay with the earlier version. The only choice left is to downgrade the Android app. But you may risk losing all of your data if you do so.
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So, what should you do now? How to downgrade the Android app without losing any data? To utilize the older version, read this article till the end.
How to Downgrade An Android App
Prerequisites for Downgrading an App on Android
- Install ADB aka Android Debug Bridge on your PC/Laptop. For this click on this link and download Android SDK platform tools for Windows.
- Now unpack the zip file where you want to put the tool kit files after downloading them.
- Now enable USB debugging on your Android smartphone.
- Open Settings > About phone > Build Number. Click on Build number seven times and it will activate Developer Options on your smartphone.
- Open System > tap on Developer options. Enable USB debugging.
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How to Downgrade Android Apps Without Losing Any Data
After taking care of all the requirements, you can begin the operation itself. The steps are listed below.
Step 1: Connect your smartphone to the PC/Laptop with a USB cable.
Step 2: Go to the APKMirror website and download the APK file of desired Android app.
Step 3: Paste this APK file into the downloaded & extracted ADB folder.
Step 4: While staying in that ADB folder, press the Shift key and right-click anywhere on the folder.
Step 5: Now tap on the Open Powershell window here from the context menu.
Step 6: Now paste the following commands in the Powershell window and hit the enter key.
adb push cricbuzz.apk /sdcard/cricbuzz.apk
adb shell pm install -r -d /sdcard/cricbuzz.apk
Replace the cricbuzz.apk with the name of the app you want to downgrade and whose APK you have downloaded.
To Wrap This Up
So, this is how you can downgrade an Android app without losing any data. Anybody can use this approach because it is pretty straightforward. If you are aware of another way to downgrade Android apps, please share it with us in the comments below. And for more such troubleshooting guides and tips & tricks related to Windows, Android, iOS, and macOS, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.