How to Downgrade Android Apps to Older Versions (And Keep Your Data)

Key Takeaways

  • You can downgrade most Android apps by going to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps and choosing to “Uninstall Updates” for a particular app, but this will also log out and remove all your app data.
  • To downgrade an app and keep your data, set up Android Debug Bridge and sideload an app using the APK file for the version you want.
  • Finally, avoid unwanted updates in the Play Store by going to Settings > Network Preferences > Auto-Update Apps and selecing “Don’t Auto-Update Apps.”


Sometimes an update breaks an app’s functionality or slows it down. Sometimes developers redesign the UI or leave out the features you like. But you can get your favorite interface and features back by downgrading the app to an older version.


What You Need to Downgrade an App

The Android UI lets you downgrade some apps with a single tap. Just go to Settings > Apps > Manage Apps. Select the app you want to downgrade. Then tap “Uninstall Updates.” But for most apps, you’ll have to uninstall the current app and sideload the older version using an APK file. Either way, both methods log out all your accounts and erase any saved progress or preferences, which is far from ideal.

For a seamless downgrade that keeps the data intact, you need to use the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) instead. Here’s what you’ll need to do that:

  1. A computer (I used one running Windows)
  2. A cable to connect your device to the computer
  3. An APK file for the older app version

This method may not work perfectly for all apps on devices with Android 9 or older.

Back up your phone, including any important login credentials or app data before proceeding. Secondly, watch out for critical security updates. We don’t recommend skipping or

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As mentioned in the title, the Galaxy A53’s newest update includes the January 2023 security patch. Sadly, that’s it for what’s new with the update. It means that if you continue to face some bugs and issues after installing Android 13, this update probably won’t fix any of them (though to be fair, Android 13 and One UI 5.0 have been surprisngly stable since day one).

Still, as it stands, many owners, assuming they care, will be happy they received the January security patch before the month ended. If you own a Galaxy A53 (with model number SM-A536E), you should head into the phone’s Settings » Software update menu and tap the Download and install button.

Alternatively, you can download the latest Galaxy A53 firmware for your country from our archive and install it on the phone using a Windows PC.

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