How to Uninstall App Updates on Android

This article teaches you how to uninstall app updates on Android smartphones and tablets. Only certain phones and certain apps will allow you to uninstall an app's updates—most phones and apps will not have this option. If you don't have this option and you want to install an


Uninstalling Updates

Open the Settings app. The Settings app has an image of a gear. The image may look different if you are using a different theme on your Android device. It always says "Settings".

Tap Apps. It's near the top of the Settings menu next to the icon of squares in a grid. This will display a list of all your downloaded and system apps.

Tap an app. All the apps installed on your Android device are listed in alphabetical order. This will display the Application Info page.

  • You can only uninstall updates on certain apps on certain phones that came pre-installed on your Android device.

Tap three dots button. It's the button with three vertical dots. It's in the upper-right corner of the Application Info page.

  • If you don't see this button in the upper-right corner, you cannot uninstall updates. Go to Part 2 to learn how to uninstall the app and install an unofficial older version of the app

Tap Uninstall Updates. You will see a popup asking if you want to uninstall updates for the app.

Tap OK. It's in the lower-right corner of the popup. This will confirm that you want to uninstall updates and uninstall the updates.

Installing an Older Version of an App

Download and run Droid Hardware Info. Before we get too far, you'll need to find out some important hardware specs about your Android phone so you can make sure we download the right version of the app. To do this you'll need to download Droid Hardware Info from the Google Play Store.

  • Search for "Droid Hardware Info" in the Google play store and tap "Install" to install the app, then tap "Open" to launch it once it's installed.

Take note of your phone's OS version and DPI. In the "Device" tab of Droid Hardware Info, note the version of Android you are running in the "OS Version" section and make note the DPI in the "Software Density" section below. The DPI has to do with your phone's screen size.

  • It's a good idea to write these down so you don't forget.

Make note of your Android's CPU architecture. Tap the "System" tab on the Droid Hardware Info app. Here you'll want to pay attention to two options, "CPU Architecture" and "Instruction Sets." From these two sections, you want to find out if your Android runs an ARM chipset or an x86 chipset as well, as if it's a 32-bit chipset or a 64bit chipset. If either of these options mention 64, there's a good bet it's the 64-bit version, if you don't see a 64 mentioned, it probably isn't.

  • If your phone is 64-bits, you can run 32-bit apps without any problems as long as they are the same type (ARM vs. x86), but a 32-bit phone will not run 64-bit apps.
  • The most common CPU in modern Android phones is arm64.

Uninstall the app you want to downgrade. Before you install the older version of the app, you'll want to uninstall the app completely. You may want to take note of what version the app is currently so you can install the previous version. To uninstall any app;

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap My apps games.
  • Tap the app.
  • Tap Uninstall.

Enable "Unknown Sources." In order to install apps from other sources than the Google Play Store, you'll need to change the setting to allow apps from "Unknown Sources." To do that:

  • Open Settings.
  • Tap Security screen lock.
  • Tap Unknown sources to ON.

Open in a web browser. Open your mobile browser and go to the official APK Mirror website.

Tap the magnifying glass icon enter the name of the app. It's in the upper-right corner of the page. APK Mirror has a lot of current and older versions of many popular apps so look for the version you want to download. If you don't see the specific version you're looking for:

  • Tap the Apps tab.
  • Tap the app's title.
  • Scroll down to All versions (listed newest to oldest).

Tap next to the version you want to download. Tap the down-arrow icon on the right, next to the version of the app you want to download. This will take you to the download page.

Tap SEE AVAILABLE APKS and tap the variant number of the version that fits your phone. In the "Download" section, under the "Variant" column, tap the version that meets the specifications you noted earlier for your phone. If the version says "arm" then that's the 32-bit version, whereas "arm64" is the 64-bit version.

  • If your phone is 64-bits, you can run 32-bit apps without any problems as long as they are the same type (ARM vs. x86), but a 32-bit phone will not run 64-bit apps.
  • If there is no version that matches your DPI exactly, select the "nodpi" version, as that usually will fit all screen sizes.

Scroll down and tap DOWNLOAD APK. It's a button towards the bottom of the screen. Once the file downloads, you will be asked to open the folder or open the file. It's more effective to open the file in the My Files app.

  • Tap OK if prompted with a disclaimer asking if you want to download this type of file.

Open your downloads folder and tap the app your just downloaded. On many Android phones, this may be the "Downloads" app in your app drawer, or you might access downloads by tapping the "Files" or "My Files" app and then tapping the "Downloads" folder. Located the APK file you downloaded and tap it.

Tap Install. It's in the lower-right corner of the installation screen. This will install the app. After the app installs, it will launch. The first time the app launches, it will ask to access different features on your phone. Tap "Allow" to let the app access the feature it is requesting.

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