How to install older version of Android apps

Android app older version

We always recommend you to have the latest version of Android apps. It is because the latest version is always the safest as the older version might have some security issues or bugs. But there could be few situations when the new update actually breaks lots of things and you want to switch back to an older version of the app until the company pushes the new update to fix issues. Going back to older version of an Android app is not tough. In this article, I will tell you how to download and install an older version of an Android app.

How to install old Android app versions

Google Play Store does not offer any option to switch back to an older version of the app. But there are few platforms where you can find the older version of the apps. Here, I want you to make sure not to download apps from any random platform. I will tell you the website that is safe. Before you download the older version, you need to make sure your phone’s setting is enabled to download the APK from other than Play Store. You also need to make sure Android doesn’t update your installed older version to latest version. I will tell you everything you need to do to install the old Android app version.

Enable unknown sources

Before you download the older version of the app, you need to configure phone settings. It is because Android app doesn’t allow app installation from other than Play Store for security reasons. You need to enable the third-party apps installation.

For this, you need to enable unknown source option in your phone’s settings. For this follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings and tap on Security
  • Scroll down and tap the toggle button next to Unknown Sources to enable it.

Enable unknown sources

Disable automatic app updates in Google Play Store

After doing this, you also need to disable the automatic app updates in Google Play store. Otherwise, Google Play Store will automatically update your app to the latest version.

For this, Follow these steps

  • Open Google Play Store app and tap on hamburger menu at the top-left corner
  • Select Settings and tap on auto-update apps option. Here select “Do not auto-update apps”.

Disable automatic app updates in Google Play Store

Uninstall the latest version of the app

Now you need to uninstall the latest version of the app you have on your phone. If you care for your app data, you can use Google’s backup service to ensure your data gets backed up. For this, Go to Settings >Accounts> Google and make sure App Data sync is enabled.

Download and install app APK file of older version

Now you are ready to download the older version of an app. APKMirror is a good website where you can download any version of any available Android app. The website is known to have malware free APK files. So, you can feel free to download any app.

Visit APKMirror and search for the app you want to download. In the App page, you will see links to all older versions.


UpToDownAPK4Fun, and APKPure are also few notable websites to download APK files. These websites are also safe.

Final Words

Now you know how to download an older version of any Android app. Sometimes we feel that the older version of the app was better. In that case, you can use this guide to install the older version.

If you still have anything to ask, you can always leave it in the comments.

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Deepanker Verma is the founder of Techlomedia. He is a tech blogger, developer and gadget freak.

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