How to Easily Uninstall Updates on Android Apps

App updates are a common occurrence in the Android world. They bring additional features, bug fixes, and important security updates. However, sometimes these updates can cause more problems than they solve. If you find yourself in this situation, don’t worry! There is a way to go back to the previous version of the app you were comfortable with. Uninstalling updates can be a life-saver when it comes to problematic Android apps.

Is it possible to undo app updates?

The answer is both yes and no. Let me explain. You can disable new updates for system apps, but unfortunately, you can’t do the same for third-party apps directly. To revert back to a previous version of a third-party app, you’ll need to uninstall the update and download an older version.

Why is that the case?

System apps, unlike third-party apps, have a separate copy stored in the ROM (Read-Only Memory). This ROM copy is what takes up space on your device and cannot be tampered with. When you uninstall updates for a system app, you are only removing the data stored in the device’s memory, while the ROM’s copy remains untouched. On the other hand, third-party apps do not have this luxury, as there is only one copy of the app. So, saying goodbye to the app is inevitable.

There might be some hope for third-party apps with the upcoming Android Q OS, which could potentially allow for the reversal of app updates. But for now, let’s focus on how to undo app updates on your current Android device.

How to Uninstall App Updates

As mentioned earlier, you can undo updates for system apps and user-installed apps separately. Let’s take a closer look at both scenarios.

Uninstalling Updates for System Apps

  1. Go to your phone’s Settings app.
  2. Select Apps under the Device category.
  3. Tap on the app that you want to revert to its previous version.
  4. Choose “Force stop” as a precautionary measure. This will make the app inactive while you proceed.
  5. Tap on the three-dotted menu at the top right corner.
  6. Select “Uninstall updates” from the options that appear.

Uninstall Android app updates

  1. Tap on “OK” when prompted.

Congratulations! You have successfully uninstalled the app updates and restored the original version of the app.

Uninstalling Updates for User-Installed Apps

In this case, the app needs to be uninstalled and then reinstalled from a source other than the Google Play Store. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device.
  2. Navigate to Apps.
  3. Select the specific app you want to revert.
  4. Tap Uninstall.
  5. Confirm by selecting OK.

And just like that, the app disappears from your device.

Please note that when downloading apps from unknown sources, it is essential to be cautious of possible malware. The safest website to download and install apps from is APK Mirror, where you can find various versions of the app you desire.

Before downloading anything, you’ll need to have information about your phone’s CPU architecture and software density. An app called Droidware Hardware Info can help you with this. Simply install it from the Google Play Store, and it will provide you with the necessary information.

To enable the installation of apps from unknown sources, go to the Settings app, then Security, and toggle Unknown Sources to the right.

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Now go ahead and uninstall those troublesome updates with confidence. Your Android experience is in your hands!