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 How to download & install older versions of Android apps

How to download & install older versions of Android apps

Usually, getting an app update means that it got new features, interface or less bugs. But what if the developers actually released an update that you end up hating? Once the update is installed, there’s no way you can go back to the previous version through the Google Play store. In fact, when the Android Lollipop update rolled out, a lot of people didn’t like the updates of some Google apps and really wanted to go back to the versions they were used to.

Thanks to sites like APKMirror, it’s actually pretty easy to get your hands on earlier versions of a huge number of apps. For some apps, APKMirror offers versions that go back as far as October 2014 (Twitter).

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All you need to do is download the APK file from the APKMirror website to your device and install it directly without Google Play. The only thing you need to do beforehand is allowing installations from unknown sources in your phone’s settings. You can enable that option in settings > security.

The great thing about APKMirror is the added layer of security. Below every download button of an APK file, you can find a statement that says “safe to install” that confirms that the APK file you’re about to download is signed by the official developers and safe.

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The easiest way to downgrade an app is to use your phone’s browser to visit APKMirror and navigate to the app you’re looking for. It’s less complicated than downloading it on your computer and then transfering the APK file to your device.

Once you found and downloaded the app’s version you need, use your go to file explorer, go to your download folder and execute the file. Now you just have to confirm the installation of the app like you’re used to and wait for the process to complete. One thing I recommend is disabling automated updates in your Google Play settings to avoid that the app you just downgraded gets updated again. Well, that’s basically it! I hope you found an older version and had no problems installing it. Should you get into any troubles, feel free to leave a comment.

Marc Knoll

Marc Knoll

Marc is an online marketer, avid blogger and technology enthusiast. His focus is on Android, tech and gadget reviews. He likes spending time travelling and reading all about what's going on in the tech world.
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7 thoughts on “How to download & install older versions of Android apps


I can’t install a previous version of Google Play Services.
Once I tap “Install” I get a message saying “x App not installed.”

I am on Android 5.1.1.


you have to uninstall the existing app, if it is a higher version than the one you want to install. Once it is removed, you can install the lower version of the app. 😉


I tried to install SQLite Editor Pro Free 3.0 on my device running Lollipop and it gave the same error zemane1 got, right after you click install it gives “App Not Installed”, I did have SQLite Editor on it and removed it and tried to install it and it still gives the error.


How to stop showing update of this app in Google Play?


Don’t you have to uninstall the original version? I trying to downgrade the Google app.

Sims RTsays:

Hated all the new useless bells and whistles and changes to Facebook – followed the easy instructions above to install an older version and it worked perfectly!

No Misssays:

why don’t these sites allow you to search according to Android OS version.

I’m after old software for an ancient android 2 tablet. No help whatsover on the net.


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