I often get questions from users wondering how to get back to using the previous version of an app on Android. The process known as "downgrade" allows even after a developer updates an app in the Play Store, if you didn't like the changes, you can return the old version of the app. Today I will show you how you can downgrade Android apps with and without root to your device.
Before you get started, it should be noted that since not all developers make previous versions of their applications available, you may not find an alternative to relying on the features offered before an upgrade. Below you will find two methods that have proven quite effective.
Method 1: For Devices Without Root Access
Using the App Backup Restore Transfer app, you do not need administrative access to your Android, but will have to open the restore of the settings already saved in the app. To downgrade to previous versions of Android apps using this app, follow the instructions below:
- Download the Backup Restore Transfer App from Google PlayStore;
- Back up your apps using this app before you upgrade them. This software will also allow you to save the backup to your Google Drive;
- After updating an app, if you want to go back to the previous version, open the Backup & Restore app and select the specific app and ask to "Restore" the file. The cool thing is that you can select the version of the application based on the backup date or even version number.
Backup Restore Transfer App
Method 2: For Devices with Root Access
Using Titanium Backup root, you will have an automatic backup of your apps and still have your previous app settings saved. The only inconvenient detail for some users is that it needs root access to the device. To downgrade to previous versions of Android apps using this app, follow the instructions below:
- Download Titanium Backup root from the Play Store;
- Using the app Superuser, you will give Titanium Backup root access when prompted. Titanium Plus also has cloud export capability via Dropbox. Also, it is worth mentioning that the Pro version of the app automatically saves your data at regular intervals;
- Click on "Backup Options" and select Backup / Restore;
- Select the application you want to back up from the list presented;
- If you want to downgrade, select the app and click Restore. Titanium Backup will revert to the previous version, keeping all settings and progress (for games).
Root Backup Titanium
Still with respect to Titanium, it is worth remembering that the option to save full game data is disabled by default, so you need to enable it. If you back up the stock ROM and install a more up-to-date custom ROM, the stock system files will not install, even Google Apps.
What's more, note that Titanium by default saves all backups in internal memory. Therefore, if your device does not have considerable space, access the settings and select the option for saving data on the external memory card.
And, did you like the methods used in this article? What are the other possible alternatives in your opinion?
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