How to Uninstall App Updates on Android
Updating apps is a common practice for Android users as it ensures that you have the latest features and security patches. However, there may be instances where an app update is causing issues or you simply prefer the older version. In such cases, uninstalling app updates can be a useful solution.
Step 1: Access the App Settings
To begin, open the Settings app on your Android device. You can usually find this app in your app drawer or by swiping down from the top of your screen and selecting the gear-shaped icon.
Step 2: Locate the App Manager
Once in the Settings app, scroll down until you find an option called “Apps” or “Applications.” The name may vary slightly depending on your Android device’s manufacturer.
Note: On some devices, you may need to go to “Apps & Notifications” before accessing the App Manager.
Step 3: Find and Select the App
In the App Manager, you will see a list of all installed apps on your device. Scroll through the list or use the search bar at the top to locate the specific app for which you want to uninstall updates.
Step 4: Access App Info
Once you’ve found the desired app, tap on it to open its details page. This page provides information about the app and its storage usage.
- If your device has multiple versions of an app installed (e.g., if you have both Facebook and Facebook Lite), make sure you select the correct one.
- If you cannot find the app you’re looking for, try tapping on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the App Manager and selecting “Show system apps.” This option will display all the system apps installed on your device.
Step 5: Uninstall Updates
On the app’s details page, look for an option that says “Uninstall Updates” or similar. This option might be located under the three-dot menu icon or in a separate “Advanced” section.
Tap on “Uninstall Updates” to proceed. A confirmation prompt may appear asking if you want to replace the app with the factory version. Confirm your action by selecting “OK.”
- Uninstalling updates will revert the app to its original factory version.
- If you have disabled automatic updates for this app in Google Play Store, it will no longer update automatically after uninstalling updates. You can manually update it later if desired.
Step 6: Restart (Optional)
In some cases, restarting your device after uninstalling app updates can help resolve any lingering issues and ensure a smooth experience with the older version of the app.
You have successfully uninstalled updates for an app on your Android device. You can now enjoy using the previous version of the app or consider updating it again at a later time.
Remember: Uninstalling updates is irreversible, and any changes made to your data within those updated versions may be lost. Use this feature carefully and only when necessary.